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Rand Paul acknowledges stumbles at Howard: ‘It is harder for me’

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued Wednesday that his visit to Howard University last week was wrongly portrayed in the liberal media.

"I thought my reception at Howard was much better than my reception from the left-wing media," he told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Many of what Paul called "left-wing" outlets highlighted a couple of missteps and Paul's less-than-accurate recounting of his history with the Civil Rights Act.

Paul said it was his first visit to a historically black college and he has learned from the experience. The senator added that he plans to continue to reach out to the African American community.