Rand Paul Meets With Black Church Leaders In Memphis

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(Memphis) The Republican National Committee made significant changes to its presidential primary process during its Spring meeting in Memphis.

Candidates who do not tow the new party line in debates will be punished.

Senator Rand Paul said the GOP needed to make changes to be bigger, better, and bolder.

While Tennessee votes red, people in Memphis typically vote blue.

However, Senator Paul is attempting to change that, "I want to take issues that I believe in strongly that I think will resonate with the African American community and say I want your vote."

Friday, Paul met with the Coalition of African American Pastors to discuss issuesaffecting minorities.

"Criminal justice, school choice and economic opportunity," Paul said.

He discussed issues the pastors agree need to change.

The pastors told WREG they grilled the senator.

"Question the person running for office, know where they stand on the issues, what are the problems in the African American Community that need to be addressed," the president of the Coalition of African American Pastors said. "Before you get the black vote, you're going to acknowledge that we live. You cannot ignore us."

The meeting was closed to media, but from the hallway you could hear things get intense.

WREG asked Senator Paul about his involvement and support with Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy and Bundy's suggestion black people may have been better off as slaves.

"I've never been supportive of him as an individual or his comments in particular. Once he started making those comments, there was no part of me that supported him," Sen. Paul explained.

Paul made many promises to the black community that will leave him with a lot to live up to if he plans to run for president in 2016.

The Coalition for African American Pastors made it clear the meeting was not an endorsement, but a chance for them to hear both sides.


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