Senator John McCain, R-Arizona.
(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he is unfazed by the latest poll numbers that put him in single digits in Iowa.
"I think they're fine, particularly in the early states, but most importantly I'm happy with the financial and political base we have. I'm happy with the progress we have made," the GOP presidential hopeful told reporters in St. Paul, Minnesota.
McCain said he believes it is too early to read much into the numbers. "In the year 1999, at this time, I was at 3 percent.” In the 2000 presidential race, McCain beat then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the New Hampshire primary. He soon pulled out of the race after losing to Bush in the South Carolina primary.
McCain's comments came as the latest Mason-Dixon poll shows McCain polling at just 6 percent in Iowa – essentially tied for fourth place with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Fellow Republican challenger Rudy Giuliani was polling at 15 percent in the same poll. Both men recently announced they would not participate in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll this August. In previous polls, both had support as high as the mid-20's.
The poll, conducted June 13-16, interviewed 400 likely caucus-goers and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percent.
– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford
Funny that you didn't mention Romney. What was he polling?
McCain did not pull out of the 2000 GOP primaries after South Carolina, did he? I believe he went on to win a couple, although there was essentially no question about it after South Carolina: Bush was to be the nominee.
McCain does not need to worry, because he knows he is not getting the nomination. American people know about his two face, wishy-washy character. We know about his support for Bush, Iraq war, bombing Iran and so on... So he can go home and take a looooong nap until the primary...
McCain could not be alienating more voters, both in his state and across the country, if he was actually trying to. He doesn't listen to what people are telling him, and he doesn't seem to care.
He's not worried because he is completely out of touch with reality. He has no idea that 90% of the people (including other nut-cases) think he's off his rocker and should be institutionalized.
He'll NEVER get the nomination. A snowball has more chance of surviving in my front-yard (I live in Miami)...