Kentucky senator and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul was in Michigan Friday to discuss his political platform.

Speaking to small crowd in Highland Park at an event dubbed "Unleash the American Dream," Paul gave a short outline of his political view as a presidential hopeful, touching on issues from tax reform to criminal justice, reported Michigan Live.

Paul called out Republicans and Democrats for their constant fighting on Capitol Hill. "We never get the solutions, because we don't have conversation," Paul said. "I came here, really, not to tell the mayor how to do his job, but to learn more about your city. ...The thing I think we all have to acknowledge is we face a lot of problems in our country ... so we need to figure out what works and what doesn't work."

According to Paul, he was in Highland Park to learn about specific problems facing the community. Highland Park — which is located in the middle of Detroit — was determined to be in financial emergency by Michigan last year for the second time.

"While Highland Park might be struggling, Washington, D.C., is not," Paul said. He believes subsidized housing should be handled at a local level, economic freedom zones should be utilized more, and tax dollars should not be going straight to Washington, D.C., when communities such as Highland Park need them more.

Paul also discussed online education programs as a solution for communities like Highland Park.

"I think if we think about using the Internet and online education, we might be able to get schools back to being equal and maybe reintroduce schools where we've lost" them, Paul said.

Paul revealed he has roughly 10 bills on criminal justice, and said the nation overall could deal better with crime in impoverished areas. Paul also added that he's a "big believer in second chances" for those who make mistakes in poorer communities and have faced harsh consequences for those actions.

Paul continues his Michigan trip Saturday with "Stand with Rand" events in Shelby Charter Township, Flint, Dewitt and Holland. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is expected to join him.

A June 30 PublicPolicyPolling poll shows only four percent of registered Republican voters in Michigan want Paul to capture the GOP presidential nomination. However, with so many candidates in the Republican field, numerous other candidates are bunched near him in the poll.