It’s no secret that Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been disappointing his constituents at home with policies that resemble nothing near conservatism for decades. And even as his State party voted to censure him early this year for lacking conservatism, McCain recently claimed polls that show his approval rating being lower than any other Senator in the Nation are simply “bogus.”
In January, shortly after learning that members of the Arizona Republican Party were so fed up with his anti-conservative antics that they had censured him, McCain’s people claimed the vote didn’t represent the majority of his constituents.
McCain, at the time, claimed that the censure was simply proof that “a very extremist element of the party has taken over the party apparatus,” and he told The Associated Press that it increased his motivation to seek re-election.
Just last week, a poll put out by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling placed McCain’s approval among Arizona voters at just 30 percent, the lowest of any U.S. Senator.
“There is a bogus poll out there,” McCain said during a Fox Business interview. “I can sense the people of my State. When I travel around, which I do constantly, they like me, and I am very grateful.”
Of course, at least a handful of the various videos floating around of McCain visiting town halls throughout his home State provide a different perspective.
Aside from stating his position of denial about his abysmal polling numbers at home, the Arizona Senator lashed out at fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz for remarks the Texan made during the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Calling out McCain, along with other lukewarm conservatives, Cruz told the CPAC audience, “… [W]hen you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”
“We all remember President Dole, President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz joked at another point in the speech.
“He can say what he wants to about me and he can say anything he wants to about Mitt,” McCain said on MSNBC. “But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy, when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country?”