Republican presidential candidate Rand PaulRand PaulTrump's CIA chief clears Senate Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts MORE (Ky.) on Sunday said it’s “deeply disturbing” that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses EPA freezes grant programs: reports Kellyanne Conway gets Secret Service protection MORE is still the race’s front-runner and predicted his rival would be “wiped out in a general election.”
“Most of Donald Trump is nothing more than sort of bits of populism but no consistent conservative philosophy,” he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Paul, who was in danger of being cut from the main stage of the last Republican debate because of low poll numbers, questioned the accuracy of public surveys.
“We’ve all let the polls consume us too much. I don’t think the polls are very accurate,” he said, noting that the polls were off by 13 points a week before the recent Kentucky gubernatorial race.
He said Trump is performing well in the polls because he’s getting a disproportionate amount of media coverage and many respondents who say they’ll vote for him aren’t likely to turn out on primary day.
Paul is polling nationally at 2.4 percent in an average of recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. Trump has 34 percent support nationally.