Temporary Loss of Sanity: What Rand Paul Thinks About Donald Trump’s Surge

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Kentucky Republican senator and prominent libertarian Rand Paul took advantage of an appearance on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN program to tear into his controversial opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump. When Blitzer asked Paul about Trump’s recent surge in the polls, Paul became miffed by the question, unleashing a scathing criticism of the media as well as Trump’s supporters.

Blitzer referenced a recent poll that had Trump leading the GOP pack with a comfortable 20 percent of the vote, with Scott Walker trailing at 13 percent. When asked why Trump is doing so well, Rand replied: “Television works, Wolf. If you would give some other candidates from eight in the morning to eight at night, all day long every day for three weeks, I’m guessing some other candidates might rise as well.”

“So, for example, while some people are hearing about one candidate all the time,” Paul continued, “very few people know that I have offered a tax code — where you can fill out your tax code on one page, fourteen and a half percent. So, for example, if I had a billion in advertising and every network going gaga over that, you know what, I think we could get ours to rise also.”

Paul expressed his belief that Trump would not maintain his prime spot in the polls for much longer, noting that his popularity seems to come from a problematic source. “I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity. But we are going to come back to our senses and look for somebody serious to lead our country at some point.”

Blitzer asked Paul to clarify his remarks, asking if he truly believes that the 20 percent of respondents who voted for Trump have lost their sanity. “No, I think what they are is hungry for someone who will tell the truth. Who will say Washington is broken … absolutely he is tapping into that vein,” he replied. “But the thing is we also have to have a serious discussion on how we are going to do it. And I think simply saying the Mexicans are going to pay for it – we’re not going to fix the national debt by asking the Mexicans to pay for it.”

 

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