NASHUA, N.H. -- Senator John McCain stood with his troops at a restaurant here convincing them that his campaign was far from over, and it was a message his most ardent supporters wanted to hear.
"I would like to just say that we're fine, we're fine," McCain said to about 30 members of his campaign's Nashua steering committee. "The fact is that we had to make some adjustments and now we are out doing the town hall meetings.
"We are going to continue what we did in 2000 and we are going to be fine," McCain said.
The brief stop at a downtown restaurant and the Main Street walk that followed were part of a day of campaigning in New Hampshire as he tries to re-start his campaign after a news broke that his campaign was almost out of money and a number of campaign staff had quit. Not helping matters was a poll out last week from the University of New Hampshire showing the one-time front-runner now in fourth place behind Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson for the Republican nomination in the Granite State.
Among those in the audience who believed the message was former State Representative Paul LaFlamme, of Nashua.
"The fact is that only about 1 in 100 people are actually paying attention and when everyone else pays attention in the fall they are going to see McCain as their candidate," LaFlamme said.