Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Senator Rand Paul is considered a top contender to run for president in 2016. He has been forming relationships in minority communities in Louisville.
Senator Gerald Neal said his views about Paul are not personal; it's time to look deeper.
"I find that the positions that he takes are antithetical to the interests of the black community. Those who do not loko deeper and challenge him give him a pass on something that is unwarranted," Neal said.
Paul has been seen recently in the West End of Louisville, attending several events with Pastor Kevin Cosby of St. Stephen Church.
"Whether you agree or not, (he) has his finger on the pulse of the urban community," Cosby said.
Paul has launched economic inititatices in West Louisville and supported restoring voting rights.
"I applaude the senator for making overatures and attempting to build some bridges. I agree with him on important issues that affect the black community," Cosby said.
Neal said, "He will push those nice little buttons. He makes people respond. Oh, yes, he's for that--I'm for that. But when you get down to the fundamental things, it's antithetical."
Paul's aides have said that his moves have been to help the Republican party and also show his true beliefs.