We hear from lots of people who say, "When is McCain going to be McCain—the independent-minded thinking, the maverick views?"
I do the town hall meetings. People stand up, they ask questions, I give them follow-up questions. Those are very much the same as the year 2000. And the questions may be different, but my answers are candid and I think at least elicit a response. You may not agree, but they appreciate the fact that we had the dialogue.
The strategy of our opposition, as I understand it, is to say it's not the same McCain, that it's a different one, that it's Bush's third term and all that. I understand that. Then you ask, OK, what specifically are my differences on? "Well, you're just not the same guy." In what way? So, I reject it.
I'm pleased where we are in the polls, surprisingly. We're the underdog and we're behind, but I'm pleased at how close it is. When September rolls around and we're really into the campaign, people pay closer attention, and I think they will be looking at me more closely.