“What gives Paul that label?” asks Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. “He has the highest favorable ratings of any potential candidate in [Iowa and New Hampshire.] He leads the polls in the early horserace, not including the undecided vote, and he runs best against Hillary Clinton.”
But it’s not just good poll numbers, he’s been very strategic in the past six months. Paul hired Rick Santorum’s former campaign manager. He’s teamed with Democrat Cory Booker on some legislation. And he backs a less active foreign policy that happens to be more popular with the public.
Aaron Blake of The Washington Post adds:
“Dig a little deeper, and you see Paul’s potential. Moreso than any other candidate, Paul seems to have real paths to victory in both states — something that has never happened before. It’s far too early to say with any certainty what will happen (and we can’t emphasize the limited value of early polling enough) but the potential is clearly there.”
Why does Blake feel this way? There’s three reasons why: (1) Paul is currently tied for first in Iowa and New Hampshire. (2) He’s the first or second choice for a lot of voters. And (3) nobody else has appeal like Rand Paul.
Added note, if he does win both states, he would be the first of his kind.
“No non-incumbent Republican presidential candidate has won both states since they were granted first-in-the-nation status in 1976. Not one.” (Washington Post)
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