In Ohio and PA, It's All about the Economy

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WASHINGTON - With just a week to go, both John McCain and Barack Obama are now concentrating like a laser on the economy and how they think their opponent will hurt it.

They did it in two states that have been hit hard by economic downturn.

Click play to watch the report from CBN News' Paul Strand and hear Pat Robertson's insights on what he believes is good news for the American economy.

Ohio and Pennsylvania

The candidates started out the week in Ohio and Pennsylvania - Rust Belt states that have felt plenty of economic pain.

But Ohio voted for George Bush last time, and Obama believes he can now win it.

Pennsylvania voted for John Kerry, and McCain is hoping he can turn it.

Both candidates' strategy is to convince voters the other guy will do more harm to an already shaky economy.

McCain keeps punching away on his charge that Obama wants to redistribute people's wealth.

"In a radio interview revealed today, he said that one of the 'tragedies' of the civil rights movement is that it didn't bring about a redistribution of wealth in our society," McCain said at an Ohio rally.

In that 2001 interview, Obama lamented that during the civil rights movement "the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society."

Obama says McCain is misrepresenting him, but also said in Ohio that "the last thing we can afford is four more years of the tired, old worn-out theory that says we should give more to billionaires and big corporations and hope that prosperity trickles down on everybody else."

McCain warned Obama says he just wants to soak the rich, but it's the middle class that'll get put through the wringer.

"Now this election comes down to how you want your hard-earned money spent: Do you want to keep it and invest it in your future or have it taken by the most liberal person to ever run for the presidency?" McCain said.

Obama shot right back saying, "Senator McCain still has not been able to tell the American people a single major thing he'd do differently from George Bush when it comes to the economy," Obama said.

Foiled Assassination Attempt

Meanwhile, a distraction from the race came when two skinheads were arrested in Tennessee for allegedly plotting to shoot 88 people and behead 14 African Americans, then end their murder spree with a drive-by shooting of Barack Obama.

The numbers 88 and 14 have symbolic meaning to many white supremacists.

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