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Border town caught in the middle of presidential race

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A group of old friends meets at a McDonald's in Union City. A group of old friends meets at a McDonald's in Union City.
UNION CITY -

The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney has changed the shape of the presidential race. Large leads in important states are now too close to call.

Eyewitness News went to Union City on the Indiana-Ohio state line, where people in Indiana area getting a different perspective on the race for the White House.

It's a dependable as the wind: three times a day, the same group of friends meets at a local McDonald's for conversation and companionship. Sooner or later, you know that conversation has to turn to politics because in Union City, Ohio, the race for president is a dead heat between Mitt Romney and the president.

Across the road in Union City, Indiana, Mitt Romney has a 14-point lead which makes this city a town divided.

"We don't think of it as two different towns and two different states," said Charlotte Patterson.

Yet, the two Buckeyes are sitting together on the left and the Hoosiers are on the right, but they are of one mind on the issues.

"Just jobs and health care, 'cause I don't have health care. Since my husband passed away, I can't afford it, so I can't get a job, so I just do my best. That is all I can do," said Donna Leugers.

"They are two millionaires and they don't know what the average little guy goes through and how they live and, like I said, health care is a big issue and jobs are, too. If you don't have a job, you can't pay for health care," said Beverly Flatter.

But surprisingly, none of the four have made up their minds. You certainly don't need a map to tell you when "The Hub of Two States" meets the Crossroads of America.

"Ohio has always been a Democratic state and Indiana always has been Republican," Patterson said.

So Thursday night, they might move their gathering from McDonald's so they can watch the vice presidential debate.

But Patterson says she's still not sure which way her vote will be cast.

"I don't know. I probably won't know until the very last day I go to vote," she said.

And Friday, as sure as the wind, they will meet again to discuss it.

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