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This Week in Review, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry talk about how Rand Paul thinks Detroit should lower it's tax rate in order to stabilize, what's behind Governor Rick Snyder's 36 percent approval rating, and how the average Michigan graduate has $29,000 in student loans.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says Detroit needs “freedom from government” to flourish again economically—and told the Detroit Economic Club Friday he has a plan to make that happen.

Paul is proposing legislation that would create “economic freedom zones” in high-unemployment areas like Detroit.

He says those areas would work like “enterprise zones on steroids,” mostly by lowering taxes.

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DETROIT (AP) - A Kentucky Republican senator who may run for president says bankrupt Detroit needs lower tax rates to recover.

Rand Paul speaks Friday at the Detroit Economic Club. He gave a preview of his message to reporters Thursday, saying cities with high unemployment like Detroit need lower tax rates to stimulate economic growth.

Paul says it's time for "something dramatic to happen."

He's pledging to introduce legislation Monday but acknowledges the bill may face a chilly reception in Congress. Paul supports a flat tax rate of 5 percent in neighborhoods with unemployment above the national figure.

Paul is considering a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

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The Republican Party wants Detroit to know it cares. The GOP is hoping to increase its presence in the city where Barack Obama grabbed 97.5% of the vote in 2012.

And, how is the GOP going to reach out to Detroiters? By sending in Senator Rand Paul, tea party senator from Kentucky, to headline the opening of the new GOP outreach center, which is named "The African-American Engagement Office."

This has at least one Republican stalwart cringing. Dennis Lennox, GOP strategist and columnist at the Morning Sun, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.