Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday in speech at a historically black college in Washington that he has never wavered in his support of the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- an issue that cropped up in his 2010 Senate campaign and could once again if he runs for president in 2016.

During that 2010 campaign, Paul suggested that private businesses should not be forced to abide by the Civil Rights Act. He quickly clarified that he supported the act and would not want its repeal.

“No Republican questions or disputes civil rights," Paul said Wednesday. "I’ve never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act.”