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US Sen. Paul pushes for tax breaks to help Detroit

The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as

The Detroit skyline rises behind the Monument to Joe Louis, also known as "The Fist," Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says lower taxes could help revive Detroit, a city trying to emerge from bankruptcy.

The Kentucky Republican is speaking Friday to members of the Detroit Economic Club at MotorCity Casino. Paul gave a preview to reporters Thursday, calling for "economic freedom zones" in cities with high unemployment like Detroit. He wants a flat tax of 5 percent in certain neighborhoods.

Paul is a tea party champion and potential Republican presidential candidate whose philosophy includes reducing federal spending and lowering taxes.

Earlier Friday, Paul is participating in a news conference to announce a new Detroit office for the Michigan Republican Party.

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