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McCain vows to 'whip' Obama in last debate

Republican White House hopeful John McCain vowed to "whip" Barack Obama's "you know what" in final presidential debate, defying doom-laden assessments of his campaign.

world Updated: Oct 13, 2008 10:38 IST

Republican White House hopeful John McCain vowed to "whip" Barack Obama's "you know what" in Wednesday's final presidential debate, defying doom-laden assessments of his campaign.

McCain on Sunday gave a pep talk to campaign workers in Washington's Virginia suburbs, as he plotted a comeback in the presidential race against Democrat Obama, just over three weeks from the election on November 4.

The Arizona senator said he and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin were criss-crossing battleground states and would intensify their effort after the debate in New York state on Wednesday.

"So we're spending a lot of time and after I whip his you know what in this debate we're going to be going out," McCain said.

"We're a couple points down, okay, nationally, but we're right in this game.

"I know that we're going to win this race."

McCain spoke after several conservative pundits on Sunday television talk shows gave unflattering assessments of his campaign.

Some key Republicans in battleground states were also quoted in a New York Times article as lambasting his performance, as Obama enjoys leads in national and battleground polls.

McCain also told his supporters that he wanted a "respectful" campaign after he had to intervene at a rally last week to tone down abusive rhetoric against Obama.

Opinion polls conducted by television networks after the first two debates have suggested that a majority of voters believe Obama won both encounters, putting even more pressure on McCain on Wednesday.