Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul said he is in a better position now than he was the last time he ran for president, in 2008.
"Before, I was trying to get people's attention about the seriousness of our economic crisis and the financial bubble and the housing bubble. But that became very clear, you know, in – in 2008," Paul said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room." "People are starting to realize that was the case."
Paul said the country has come to realize what he predicted during his last bid for the White House, about foreign policy, drug policy and economic policy.
"I see and feel the enthusiasm, the numbers of people who are interested," Paul said. "It has been an explosion of interest."
The eleven-term Texas congressman, who is 75, said his age is "irrelevant as far as I am concerned."
"What really counts is what I deal with are young ideas," Paul said. "The ideas of liberty are very, very young when you look at history."
- Watch Paul on CNN's "The Situation Room" Friday from 5 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET and on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET.