Battleground NC: Voter Concerns Vary

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NORTH CAROLINA - One of the battleground states in the race for the White House is North Carolina.

John McCain is ahead in one recent poll; Another has Barack Obama in the lead.

Voters in North Carolina were across the board when it came to reasons why they plan to vote for a presidential candidate.

Supporters of McCain like his military background, experience and stance against gun control.

"Anybody that remembers Vietnam owes it to McCain to vote for him. Where could you find anymore a man that's dedicated anymore than McCain what he went through, to his country," McCain supporter Mildred Hotalen said.

Another McCain supporter, R.C. Wiggins, says he's voting for McCain because of "his experience. His time in the Senate. His war-time experience. He knows what needs to be done, and I'm sure he can do it."

Deborah Kinley says she's voting for McCain because "I believe we need to keep our weapons. We have the right to carry and bear arms, and I'm concerned about that with the other candidate. I have too many questions of the other candidate."

Supporters of Obama like his economic policies.

"I like the fact that he's going to roll back some of the Bush tax cuts," Obama supporter Rita Dorn-Phillis said. "Do I want to pay more taxes? No, I don't, but I will if I have to, to help get this country out from under the bills from the war and everything else we have going on," she added.

Henry Dillard says he's voting for Obama because "he's trying to involve everyone into the system, so far as tax-wise, and all like that. And a lot of jobs we're losing, so someone needs to bring them back."

Both sides addressed abortion.

"He's anti-abortion, and that's the main thing that I look for," McCain supporter Alan Cunningham said.

But Obama supporter Nancy Collins has a different view: "It's a woman's right to choose what she wants to do with her body."

CBN News did talk with some undecided voters, like Shawn Parker, who discussed race and the economy.

"What might make me vote for of course, he's a black male, very successful, doing what he has to do," the undecided voter said.

"On McCain's side, he talks a good game sometimes about the taxes and what not. Barack does it, but it's a couple of things that he does with taxes that may or may not interest me -- so, still in between."

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