Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he would be willing to participate in a hypothetical Black Lives Matter movement presidential town hall.

"If we were smart, we would do it," the Republican presidential hopeful said in an interview with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now Thursday night. "They are drawing attention to issues that need to be drawn to."

Last month, both the Democratic and Republican National Committees gave their blessing to activists with Black Lives Matter to set up a presidential town hall after a petition for one went viral. Organizers within the movement have continued to say they want an official debate because it will be more high-profile and worthwhile.

Paul, who has been hesitant to outright declare his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the past, is one of the leading voices on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. But he seemed much more supportive of the group on Thursday.

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