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Senator Rand Paul meets with Memphis pastors

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In a private meeting, the group addressed the number of black people in American prisons, the war on drugs, and education. In a private meeting, the group addressed the number of black people in American prisons, the war on drugs, and education.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Republicans are in Memphis for the party's annual spring meeting to discuss the political party's next move, which is to attract more minorities to the party.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul spoke with a group of local pastors Friday about issues that matter to them.

In a private meeting, the group addressed the number of black people in American prisons, the war on drugs, and education.

"We can do a better job educating our kids," said the senator. "I think the great equalizer is education. Everybody should have access to a good education. School choice, charter schools will allow us to make the schools better."

Senator Paul says the fact that the meeting is in Memphis, a stronghold for democrats, shows the party knows it needs to broaden its base. He says it is done by starting conversations and not assuming black people will only vote Democrat.

"I think it's good for the African-American community to say to both parties, 'You've go to get my vote.' We're not a guaranteed vote for the Democrats anymore," said Paul.

Pastor Bill Owens, founder of the coalition of African-American pastors, agrees. He was part of a group of around 20 pastors that met with Senator Paul.

"If a Democrat says, 'That's right, that's right,' I think that's for people who can't think," said Pastor Owens. "They can dialog. Let us hear from you. Don't ignore us. That's what happened in the last election."

After his meeting with the pastors, Senator Paul addressed the Republican National Committee.

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