Calling the coverage of his presidential campaign “distorted,” Congressman Ron Paul used a series of four television interviews as an opportunity to detail his path to the Republican nomination, distinguish his positions from his rivals, and explain his support in the polls.
“We keep going up. We don’t surge, but we never drop,” Paul said on FOX Tuesday. “Others have surged in the polls and they will be top of the pack and all of a sudden they are dropping off quickly. So, ours is very, very steady. And we haven’t lost ground, but we do need to prove ourselves. And that’s why we’re working very hard in the early stage. And I think January is a big month for us.”
He said Wednesday, “A lot of individuals come and go in the polls, up and down. And my support has been pretty steady and continues to grow.”
Paul went on to describe specifically where his campaign must win and how serious he takes the early voting states.
“We have directed most of our attention to New Hampshire and Iowa and Nevada, you know, the early states," he said. "But I would say, come January, it will be make or break for us. There's no doubt.”
In the online edition of a FOX show Wednesday, Paul was asked if he needs to win Iowa, and where he needs to finish.
“In the top," he said. "I would be disappointed with third, but … if I come in third, I’m still alive. But I think I better do first or second in a couple of those. I have to do well in January.”
Trying to stay in the top of the Republican pack, Paul tried to separate himself from GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney telling NBC’s David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” there would not be much difference between President Obama and the GOP “establishment” candidate.
“Would there be a change in foreign policy?" Paul asked rhetorically. "No, there would not. Would either one of them work on a true audit of the Fed and a change in monetary policy that the Federal Reserve can't monetize debt? No. … There would not be a significant difference between the two.”
Paul also put President Obama’s campaign promises alongside that of Republicans and then highlighted what they did once elected.
“Obama was elected as a peace candidate and he expanded the war. And he goes into war without any congressional approval. … When the Republicans get in … they give you No Child Left Behind, prescription drug programs.”
Paul went on to say the "Occupy" movement and the Tea Party have the same interest -- change.
“Whether it's the occupiers or whether it's the tea party people, they're saying, ‘Enough is enough,’" Paul said. "They want some changes, and that's what they're looking for.”
Looking back to positions the 76-year-old candidate has held since first getting elected to public office in the 1970’s, Paul said the other candidates don’t share his longstanding concern on the debt.
“I think the question is how serious do the other candidates and the people of this country think this debt is? I happen to think it is very serious," Paul said on FOX Tuesday. "I was concerned in the '70’s because I thought the situation was set-up because of the change of the monetary system that it would lead to endless spending and endless debt and that's where we are. So, I think we have to take this very seriously. … I'm not bashful about cutting spending. But it's just that I see this sovereign debt crisis worldwide is much more serious than anybody wants to admit. The other candidates aren't offering really any cuts.”
The round of interviews followed his campaign’s “Black This Out” fundraiser, what his campaign calls a "money bomb." It raised more than $2.75 million in five days from more than 40,000 donors, according to the campaign.