(NATIONALREVIEW) — Asked whether there’s room for a presidential candidate with his seemingly unorthodox political views, Kentucky senator Rand Paul was unequivocal in his response.

Calling the country’s left-right political spectrum “confusing,” Paul argued that the GOP needs a candidate capable of appealing “across the left-right paradigm.”

Paul rejected host Chris Wallace’s contention that his budget plan, which balances the budget twice as fast as the proposal offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, is “out of the mainstream.”

“I think the legislature is about 10 years behind the public,” Paul shot back. “I would argue the Senate is not up to date with what the people really want.”

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