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McCain downplays the polls

From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- With the McCain camp highlighting a new poll that shows the Republican even with Obama, McCain himself downplayed the significance of current polls, especially those that show him trailing.
 
"It's good to see yourself running, for us to be, most polls show us frankly two, three, four points down," McCain said at a fundraiser Wednesday. "That's good for this stage of the game, particularly considering the headwind we have on our economy. And I'd like to give you a little straight talk. There was a poll last week that showed me three points down from Sen. Obama and the Republican Party 19 points down from the Democrats."
 
The latest Gallup tracking poll today had McCain and Obama tied at 45 percent each, a high water mark for McCain. The poll came on the same day as a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg survey had Obama with a 12-point lead.
 
McCain acknowledged the Gallup tie score at the fundraiser, but suggested polling this summer will not be significant.
 
"The first lesson I want you to draw is that people are really are not gonna start focusing on the campaign until the conventions," McCain said. "So a lot of this polling data is pretty much, sort of, you know, 'Who do you like?' and all that."