WASHINGTON (CNN) - Joining “American Morning” from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN's John Roberts Wednesday that he believes he's doing much better in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina than what the polls show.
"We've always had a solid political base and organization in these states," McCain said. "Look, I'm not predicting victory. I'm predicting we will continue to do well because I can out-campaign most anybody and I obviously believe that I can display my qualifications to serve."
McCain spoke in front of his tour bus, emblazoned with the words "No Surrender" – the title of his current weeklong tour through those early states. Today, he campaigns in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Waterloo, before heading to New Hampshire tomorrow and South Carolina on Saturday.
Asked about the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll, in which McCain places fourth in the Hawkeye State, McCain said there was much work to be done, but he can gauge his progress by turnout at his events.
"We got a lot of work to do," he said. "These are tough campaigns. I wasn't in Iowa in 2000 so (I've) got a lot of work to do here. But again, it's fun. I can sense when things are going well in a campaign by the turnouts to the town hall meetings. We're doing well, but it's a long struggle."
– CNN Associate Producer Stephen Bach