Rand Paul sounds off about Kentucky's caucus

Rand Paul sounds off about Kentucky's caucus

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) - Senator Rand Paul spoke Friday about Kentucky's Republican presidential caucus for the first time since d ropping out of the race.

"I think tomorrow you could see some surprises," he said.

Paul was in Bowling Green headlining a Republican Lincoln Day dinner.

He was the driving force behind Kentucky's first-ever Presidential caucus, investing $250,000 to make it happen. He says it's bittersweet because while he's not part of the vote, he sprearheaded the movement to move the state's vote from May to March.

"My whole entire adult life, I have not ever voted in a Republican primary for President in Kentucky, where I thought my vote really mattered because it was usually over," Paul said.

The senator said he's expecting a turnout similar the primary in 2012, which was low. He explained the big issue is making sure voters know about the caucus.

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"There's a knowledge barrier because it's new, but we've been traveling the state trying to promote it," Paul said.

While he's out of the race, Paul said he's happy with what he accomplished.

"I feel like I influenced the debate," he said. "I worked very hard, I traveled the country and most people come up and say, 'You injected something into the debate.'"

Kentucky has 46 delegates and Paul said in a close race, they could be a lot. He's also looking towards Florida's results to clear up the race.

"If Trump wins in Florida, it's a lot of delegates and it essentially knocks (Marco) Rubio of the race," Paul said.

He said he's not going to make an endorsement and would support whoever the nominee is.

The caucus is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and is a closed caucus, meaning only registered Republicans can vote. Voting locations for most people are different than normal and can be found on rpk.org.

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