With union voters, both urban and rural areas and large numbers of military living in Pennsylvania, the Keystone state is shaping up to be a key battleground in November’s presidential election.
Over the last week at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., the Pennsylvania delegation, like other states, have heard from party leaders about issues important to their counties and towns.
The NewsHour talked to members of the Pennsylvania delegation on Thursday to learn about issues important to them, specifically on national security issues and the economy, and why they are supporting the McCain-Palin ticket.
“Sarah [Palin] has had some experience as the commander in chief of the National Guard. She’s traveled overseas with the units,” Rob Gleason, Chair of Pennsylvania Republican Party, said.
Alternate Delegate Carol Aichele, who husband and son are in the military said she trusts in McCain because of his Navy experience. “As a Navy wife and as a Navy mother, I can’t think of anyone else I would trust more,” she said.
State Sen. Bob Robbins was comfortable with the McCain’s take on the economy, which “has to be addressed… not from government solutions but how best we get out of the way so … a person who is working hard can take their money home.”