Though he lamented all the attention rival Republican Donald Trump has been receiving from extensive media coverage, Kentucky junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he feels good about the state of his presidential campaign.
"I think if you give any candidate about a billion dollars worth of free advertising that might help them get their message out, but I think we're still doing quite well," Paul said on CBS's Face the Nation. "We haven't gotten quite the same attention recently."
Paul, slipping in presidential polls and disappearing from headlines, hit the Sunday talk show circuit, continuing to cite polls that show him beating Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in some swing states.
But Paul's appearances come just days after the super PACs supporting Paul reported lackluster fundraising numbers, leaving Paul well behind in the 2016 money game.
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America's Liberty PAC, run by Jesse Benton, a longtime Paul aide and former campaign manager for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, reported late last week that it had raised $3.1 million.
That figure, National Journal noted, was "the smallest sum of the 10 Republican super PACs to reveal their fundraising figures so far."
"The $3.1 million haul over six months is a fraction of the $103 million raised by the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush and even less than the $3.4 million raised by the super PAC supporting Carly Fiorina, who may not make the cut to be on the first debate stage next month," the Washington publication wrote.
Paul edges out Fiorina after adding the $1.9 million raised by Concerned American Voters, a second super PAC supporting Paul.
But when PAC money is combined with the almost $7 million Paul raised as a candidate, Paul remains well behind the top tier candidates in the field. The only exception is Trump, who can finance at least part of his campaign out of his own pocket.
The super PAC supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for example, reported raising about $38 million, and the outside group backing Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio reported raising more than $16 million.
Even more troubling for Paul is that the reporting period covers the time in which Paul formally announced his run for the White House and traveled extensively, garnering a great deal of media attention.
Paul's allies have long said the senator's courtship of Silicon Valley would pay off in the fundraising game, but as CNN noted, only four donors to Paul's primary super PAC listed California addresses.
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Paul has gone from leading with 17 percent in December 2013, to 11.8 percent last November and 5.6 percent today.
When Wallace asked Paul if his campaign had lost momentum, Paul said "I'm not so sure we have. I mean there are a lot of polls out there."
The senator said on both shows that he is continuing his efforts to present himself as "a different kind of Republican," backing that up with polls that have shown him beating Clinton in Pennsylvania and other swing states.
"I'm a Republican who can win [the] independent vote," Paul said. "We have to convince enough Republicans that this is a winning message, that I could actually win the purple states, and that's what early polling shows."
Paul also used the Sunday shows to continue his fight with the Clintons, seizing on the most recent reports about Hillary Clinton's email use while she was secretary of state to declare that "this is a real problem for Hillary Clinton, and this isn't going away."