This is going to be his year, says GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, who finished second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
"The evidence is there," Paul said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday. Americans are disillusioned, frightened about the economy and debt and tired of wars, he added. "The country has changed."
Paul, who garnered nearly 23 percent of the vote on Tuesday, defended himself against those who say he isn’t a real threat or that he should run as a third-party candidate. Polls currently show him in fourth place in South Carolina, behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
"I've been electable. I've won 12 elections already," Paul said on CBS's Early Show. "It's amazing that I do so much better than those other candidates that are all electable. They're in fourth, fifth and sixth place and they're electable. All of a sudden they say I'm not electable. I don't know how that adds up."
On the suggestion that he should run as a third-party candidate, Paul argued that he is, in fact, the most conservative of the GOP contenders.
"I think there's a lot of confusion on how you define conservative," he said on the Early Show. "I define it as less government, less spending, balanced budget."
But others in the Republican party, he said, have recently "drifted" from those basic tenets.
"I think what's happening is the American people are waking up. It's not just conservative Republicans. It's the Independents where I do so well and I got a lot of Democratic vote, too," he said.
Paul, who also took the youth vote in New Hampshire, said he thinks Republicans have fallen short in that regard, dismissing young people.
“But how do you build the Republican Party if you don't talk to young people?” he asked on Fox and Friends.
He also said he feels a lot younger than his 76 years "I think it's how young you are in spirit," he said on Fox.