Who Holds the Key to Keystone State?

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Pennsylvania has voted Democrat in the last four presidential elections. But this year the McCain-Palin team is still working hard in The Keystone State, despite a double-digit lead for Barack Obama in the polls.

Click play to watch Gordon Robertson's interview with former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum following this CBN News report.

What the Voters Think

At slugger's pizzeria in Lancaster, the economy is the top reason the workers here will slice off a couple of votes for Obama.

Mainly for the economic reasons would I be leaning more toward Obama. A lot of things need to change right now, and he's going to be the one to rally the country and do it," said Wes, an Obama supporter.

Wes's boss, Chris Ditzler, likes Obama for two reasons.

"First is the economy," Ditzler said. "Obviously, being a small business owner it's frustrating at times. And the other one is the environment. I'm very much into the environment. I have two young daughters and I'd like to leave this place better than it was when it was here for me."

For some McCain supporters like Kelly Crouch, national security is a top issue.

"I'm definitely with McCain's background in the military, and I know he puts America first. You know, from him being in the POW camps, I feel like he is worthy of being commander in chief of our military," Crouch said.

This Keystone State voter believes the life issue is a strong one for McCain-Palin.

Pennsylvania resident Tryphena said, "As Christians, we really believe strongly in being pro-life because God made life and life begins at conception--as it says in the Psalms, "you knit me together in my mother's womb," and we want to elect people to the White House who will defend and protect life.

The Undecided

If McCain is to pull out a win here, he'll have to move undecided voters who aren't big on McCain, but don't quite trust Obama.

Undecided voter Rose Cooper said, "I think McCain is just stuck in Bush's ideas and the economy will stay the same. Obama does have good ideas, but I don't like the tactic where he's friends with terrorists."

Another Pennsylvania voter said, "I am in between because to me, one President is kind of too old and the other President doesn't have the experience--the ones that are running. So it's kind of a catch 22, so I haven't really decided."

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