McCain Clings to Victory Hope; Honest Broker: John McCain Speaks to His Rival Barack Obama across New York Cardinal Edward Egan at a Dinner in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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Byline: PAUL THOMPSON

REPUBLICAN John McCain today refused to accept his bid for the White House is slowly slipping away.

Despite trailing rival Barack Obama in the polls, and suffering a third defeat in the presidential debates, he remained upbeat and confident he can still pull off a shock win in the election.

"I love the role we're in. I love where we are," Mr McCain told Fox News in an interview last night. "I'm happy. I'm proud of our campaign." Mr Obama, who most commentators feel already has one foot in the White House, warned his supporters not to be over confident.

He reminded them of the crushing defeat he suffered from Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary when he seemed assured of another victory..

Despite the note of caution, telling his supporters not to get "giddy" or "cocky", he was still able to focus on victory. "We are now 19 days, not from the end but from the beginning," he told the crowd at a New York fundraiser. …