(CNN) – Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Sunday that his presidential campaign rises above the temporary ebbs and flows of the Republican nominating process.
“We’ve had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign,” Paul told CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” in reference to different candidates reaching front-runner status, and then declining just as quickly.
Meanwhile, his campaign keeps “plodding along on the issues that are really striking a chord with the people,” Paul said of his third bid for the GOP nomination.
“I’d like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade,” he said.
Paul will retire at the end of his 12th congressional term after next year’s election, even if his presidential ambitions fall short. He expressed optimism that some supporters of businessman Herman Cain, who dropped out of the race Saturday, would now back his campaign.
In particular, Paul cited Cain’s support from tea party conservatives as a point of connection with his unorthodox policies and style.
“Actually, the tea party was started last cycle with our campaign,” Paul said. “There are a lot of people that did like the independent-mindedness of Herman Cain, so I think we’ll probably do better” with the addition of former Cain supporters.
Asked about a perception that he would not fare well in a general election against President Barack Obama, Paul said he can generate support from beyond the traditional Republican backers.
“You don’t win with just with a hard-core Republican base. You have to have a candidate that’s going to appeal across the political spectrum,” Paul said. “I think with my views, they’re quite different than the hard-edge views (that) so many on the Republican side are frequently showing.”
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