Arlington (Virginia US), Oct.13 : Republican presidential nominee John McCain vowed to 'whip' Democratic nominee Barack Obama's 'a..' in the final televised presidential debate this Wednesday.
According to FOXNews.com, McCain's pledge has sent shivers down the spines of some Republicans who find the racially charged verb may be used against the candidate.
Addressing several dozen volunteers at his campaign headquarters outside Washington, McCain promised some of his signature "straight talk" about the state of the race, and went on to acknowledge his drop in the polls.
National and many battleground state polls have shown him trailing Obama amid the deepening market crisis.
"We're a couple points down, OK, nationally, but we're right in this game. The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, they want knowledge and they want vision. We'll give that to America," McCain said in Arlington, Virginia.
McCain said he and running mate Sarah Palin would continue campaigning hard in the three weeks left before Election Day, in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado.
The two planned a joint appearance Monday in Virginia, a Republican stronghold turned battleground this time.
"We're going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we're going to be going out 24/7," McCain said.
The two men will debate Wednesday at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York. CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will moderate the 90-minute forum.
Meanwhile, top advisers say McCain is weighing new economic proposals to help the nation weather the financial crisis. The Arizona senator refused to answer a reporter's question Sunday about what plans he might be considering
McCain already has laid out proposals to address the crisis, including a 300 billion dollar plan for the federal government to buy distressed mortgages and renegotiate them at a reduced price.
The Arizona senator has said his plan is necessary to get thousands of bad mortgages off the books in order to stabilize home values and open up credit. But critics said the plan would do little more than reward financial institutions that made the bad loans to in the first place.
Obama also has offered plans to address the fiscal crisis but nothing as sweeping or controversial as McCain's mortgage proposal.
Aides said Obama also wants to extend the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to help small businesses that cannot access other sources of capital, as well as eliminate fees on SBA loan guarantees and increase the size of loans that could be covered. They put the cost at five billion dollars.