Republican presidential candidate Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate MORE (Ky.) on Sunday said it’s “deeply disturbing” that Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJohnson faces tough crowd at Libertarian debate Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb' Trump University judge to unseal documents 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.