The Washington Times - September 30, 2012, 11:07AM

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that a “slight improvement” in the economy —  and favorable coverage by the media — have staked President Obama to a lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“I think Americans see a glimmer of hope,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is slight improvement in the economy.”

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Mr. McCain, who ran as the GOP presidential candidate against Mr. Obama in 2008, said the president has benefited from having Republican governors who have improved the jobs outlook in swing states such as Ohio.

An Obama-friendly media helps the president, too, he said.

“I do believe that media coverage had something to do with it,” Mr. McCain said. “But most Americans will still be making up their minds after these debates and right up to Election Day.”