Rand Paul seeking GOP nomination for the presidency has expressed confidence that he would make the cut for the main stage of the next Republican presidential debate.
He made this known on Wednesday ahead of the next GOP presidential debate slated for January 14th next year; calling attention to recent national polling that he hoped would put him over the top.
Rand doesn’t want to play the underdog he clearly is
Paul in December said he would not participate in an undercard debate via a radio interview after it was reported that he wouldn’t make the main stage event. Reports had it then, that only six candidates would likely qualify for the main stage at the Fox Business event in North Charleston, South Carolina, based on the debate criteria.
Barely a week later, Ran Paul polled 4 percent of the votes in the CNN/ORC national poll even as I sent a bad message to the public “that basically the media gets to choose who the candidates are who’ll be considered.”
Paul had this to say: “The good news is, it looks like we’re actually making the criteria. There was a national poll out this week that had me in fifth place, only 1 point out of fourth place.
He added that candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina should not be excluded, saying “I don’t think it’s fair to have an artificial distinction.” He wasn’t supposed to make the debate base on the earlier well-defined criteria.
Paul remains optimistic about his campaign
He also added on Wednesday that he would outperform expectations in Iowa. He said: “We have a good ground game there, and we think we’re going to do a lot better than the polls indicate. We have a lot of young people, college students, we have a lot of independents. A lot of people aren’t showing up in polls, so we think we’re going to outperform polls, and we’re in it to win it. We actually do believe [that] and wouldn’t be doing this unless we thought we could win.”
Aside his campaign, Ran Paul said he was “appalled” by a Wall Street Journal report that the NSA’s spying programs scooped up communications between congressional leaders and other members of Congress. He said that is “exactly why we need more NSA reform.”