Paul: Iowa showing good enough to keep him in race

January 4, 2012 - 7:42 AM
APTOPIX Paul 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and his wife, Carol attend his caucus night rally, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Congressman Ron Paul says he's happy with his "good showing" in Iowa, where he finished third in the Republican presidential caucuses.

The Republican with a libertarian bent tells NBC's "Today" show he felt it was a sound performance, and "it's doing very well to be in the money" and getting an opportunity to go into New Hampshire.

Paul seeks to distinguish his brand of conservatism with "neo-conservatism," saying he doesn't understand why "some conservatives think that the more money you spend overseas, the more conservative you are."

Paul has been speaking sharply about reducing the American profile in the world, saying it needs to be less interventionist. He says he can be a significant factor in this year's election campaign because his candidacy has attracted many young voters.