Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE is too much of a “war hawk” to be elected president in 2016.

“I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say we are tired of war, we’re worried that Hillary Clinton is going to get us into another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung ho,” Paul said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

“If you want to see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen,” Paul continued.

Critics in the Republican and Democratic parties have criticized Paul’s previous stances as isolationist and argued that his views would not play well in a potential 2016 election.

However, Paul said Sunday that he was confident he could appeal to voters if he decided to run for president.

“I think the American public is coming closer to where I am,” he said.

Paul discussed the 2016 presidential election during a recent trip to Guatemala to perform eye surgery.

He denied the decision to travel overseas was intended to boost his profile for the upcoming campaign.

“I’ve been doing this kind of stuff for 20 years,” Paul said. “Physician is who I am. To represent who I am, that’s who I am. I’m a physician. Depicting who I am I think is an important part of presenting a face to the public.”