With his poll numbers flat and a campaign that is on life support, 2016 GOP presidential aspirant Rand Paul is complaining that he should receive an exemption like fellow candidate Carly Fiornia did in a previous debate so that he is not relegated to the also-ran debate that precedes the main event next week.
Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor Friday night — guest-hosted by Eric Bolling — the Kentucky senator lambasted GOP front runner Donald Trump for his comments on Muslims and policing the Internet before being asked about his chances of making the main CNN GOP debate on Dec. 15.
“We think if they give us the same treatment that Carly Fiorina was given last time, that you measure from debate to debate, that we do meet the criteria,” Paul said.
Candidates have until Sunday to increase their poll numbers if they hope to be invited to the main nationally televised debate. Paul’s numbers have not shown any upward movement since his funding dried up and his faltering campaign was lost in all of the attention being paid to Donald Trump.
Despite that, Paul still thinks he has a chance at the debate
“I have every expectation that I will be treated fairly. But I want the same and equal treatment that other candidates have gotten in the past,” he said. “We have a first-tier campaign and we don’t plan on being labeled by the mainstream media anything less.”
In order to receive an invitation, a candidate must average at least 4 percent in New Hampshire or Iowa to join the candidates who are polling at 3.5 percent or more nationally.
Paul, along with former HP CEO Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, sits near the bottom of the Real Clear Politics national average at 2.2 percent with time swiftly running out.
Watch video of Paul uploaded to YouTube below: