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Rand Paul says his message will separate him from the GOP presidential pack

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says his unique message will separate him from the rest of the pack, as the Republican race for President widens to fifteen.

We caught up with Paul in west Louisville as he continues his effort to win African American support.

Officially, Rand Paul's visit to the Plymouth Community Renewal Center was not a campaign event. But when you're running for President, every event becomes a campaign event.

This was Paul's third visit to the Plymouth Center, but his first since he launched his campaign for President.

“This is a huge opportunity for them. Not a lot of kids are going to get to ever meet and sit down and have a discussion with a presidential candidate,” said Markham French, executive  director of the Plymouth Center.

Paul did lunch with kids taking part in the summer enrichment program and later talked jobs, education and government with a select group of students -- all part of Paul's ongoing effort reach out to African Americans.

“For me, you have to appreciate and respect the effort that he's put into reaching out and crossing bridges and traditional lines that, for years, candidates from his party, unfortunately, haven't ventured across,” said community activist DeVone Holt.

But when asked if Donald Trump's controversial comments about immigration could undo his efforts to broaden the GOP base, Paul wouldn't go there.

“I've got to do what I'm going to do, present my message, and try to stay on that message,” said Paul.

Paul says he's not concerned his message will be drowned out in the ever more crowded field. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became fifteenth Republican to enter the race.

“I think, for me, I have a distinctive brand of what I'm for. I've been the leading voice for the right to privacy in Washington. I've been the once voice saying that we need to think before we get involved militarily,” said Paul.

But Paul would not address one controversial topic; the refusal by some county clerks to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage.

“I haven't seen it. I've been traveling and I haven't seen it,” he said.

One place you will not see Paul this year is Fancy Farm. He is skipping Kentucky's premier political event to campaign in New Hampshire.

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