Kentucky. Sen. Rand Paul says his low poll numbers are not his fault but are a result of all the media attention going to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
"You know, I think it has very little to do with my campaign, or me, or what I'm talking about," Paul said on local Indiana radio 93WIBC on Thursday morning. "And one of the reasons I say that is there was chyron on the TV this morning and it said in the last three days Trump has had a 105 hours of discussion of him. The president had three hours of discussion."
"And I've been on four or five times on TV but if you had up mine it will be several minutes," continued the Kentucky senator. "A hundred and five hours in the last three days discussing Donald Trump. So is it any kind of surprise that he leads in the polls?"
Paul said all he needed was "more airtime" to breakthrough.
"I also think he taps into something, that it's politically incorrect and all the pundits really think, 'Oh my goodness, he said this.' But at the same time people do want something and I think they would choose a reasonable alternative like I'm what proposing if we were given more airtime. "
Paul said it's not that people thought he had "bad ideas" — merely that his message wasn't getting out.
"So I don't think it's bad ideas that is making it more difficult for us in the polls, I think it's that our ideas that are somewhat being trounced upon and overtaken by so much attention to one individual," he said.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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