Rand Paul Celebrates Birthday on the Trail

Paul celebrated his 53rd birthday on Jan. 7. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., celebrated his 53rd birthday this year on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa.  

On Jan. 7, hundreds of supporters presented the presidential hopeful with a birthday gift, a scroll of 1,007 precinct captains committed for caucus night.  

The crowd also gifted him with chants of “President Paul!” and “End the Fed!” and the senator responded by standing on a table and asking, “Are there any lovers of liberty in the house?”  

In his short speech he also asked, “Does anybody here think the government ought to be so small we can barely see it?”  

Paul spoke with friend of Roll Call Brent Roske for the news show "Roske on Politics" about his caucus game plan. "Our goal is to have 10,000 students to vote. If we do that, we're going to shock a lot of people," Paul said. Regarding his standing in Iowa's polls, which have consistently shown him behind Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ben Carson, Paul told Roske there was more than meets the data.  

"We think it is wide open, and that is why one of the things we emphasize is that people are mistaken if they think the polls really represent actual truth," he said.

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