Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) argued that Wednesday that the presidential race polls will eventually “normalize” and place him in a good place to win the Republican nomination.
Speaking on Fox Business’ “Kennedy,” Paul also predicted that front-runner Donald Trump would ultimately see his bubble pop.
“The polls are very much distorted by celebrity right now. And when the celebrity begins to wear off and as that celebrity seem to put a foot in his mouth every other day, I think what’ll happen is the polls are going to normalize,” Paul said.
Paul started off the 2016 race as one of the most prominent candidates in the field, but he has sunk in the polls in recent weeks. The latest RealClearPolitics poll average has Paul with just 2.3% of the GOP vote among a crowded group of candidates – placing him behind nine other GOP contenders.
“Kennedy” host Lisa Montgomery pressed Paul on how he would cut through the noise of “candidates with big personalities and anti-liberty messages.”
“It’s going to sort itself over time. I mean, we’re in it for the long haul,” Paul said.
“That’s not a confidence-boosting answer,” Montgomery interjected.
“What do you want me to do, set myself on fire? I mean, we are doing what we have to do to get the message out,” Paul replied, touting his support among younger voters who he said are being undercounted in the polls. “We think that the numbers are actually much higher than represented.”
Paul actually has set things on fire to grab attention in the past. In July, he literally destroyed thousands of pages of paper that represented US tax code using a chainsaw, a wood chipper, and fire, in order to highlight his tax-reform proposal.
He also said on”Kennedy” Wednesday that he’s seeing a surge of support on the campaign trail despite what’s reflected in polls.
“We haven’t seen the movement in the polls but we can feel it everywhere we go,” he said. “If I didn’t turn my computer on and look at the stories that aren’t always so favorable, I would have no idea from traveling on the road that we aren’t doing great.”