October 21st, 2008
06:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Rendell 'still a little nervous' about Penn., asks Obama to return

Rendell wants Obama to come back to Pennsylvania.
Rendell wants Obama to come back to Pennsylvania.

(CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has sent two separate memos to the Obama campaign in the past five days requesting that the Democratic Presidential candidate—as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton—return to campaign in Pennsylvania, Rendell told CNN's Gloria Borger.

Rendell said the McCain campaign is clearly making a push to win Pennsylvania, given the recent visits by the Arizona senator, his wife and his running mate. As a result, he wants Obama to appear in western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and one more “large rally” in Philadelphia. Democrats generally worry that the race is significantly closer than what recent polls have suggested. According to Rendell, there is also worry among Democrats the McCain campaign has successfully raised the enthusiasm level among Republicans in the state.

“I don’t want to be selfish,” Rendell said. “But I’m still a little nervous, so I have asked Obama to come back. We understand he’s got demands from 20 different states, but we’d like to see him here.”

Obama's support appears to be weakest in the western part of the state, a region Pennsylvania Rep. Jack Murtha recently called 'racist,' and one where he badly lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Obama last campaigned in Pennsylvania on October 11, a week and a half ago. VP candidate Joe Biden made an appearance with Bill and Hillary Clinton in Scranton on October 12. McCain and running mate Sarah Palin have both made visits to the state this week.

The latest CNN poll of polls in Pennsylvania suggests Obama holds a 13 point lead over McCain there. CNN currently considers the state leaning Obama.

soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Voted straight DEM – and I'm one of those Pro-Americans in this pocket called the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    Shove it, Palin.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. jeff @ MA

    Obama doesn't have to return if Murtha keeps his mouth shut.

    October 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. TheTruthHurts

    He's been selfish the entire time and has done this before. Clearly, PA would be a death blow to McCain, but Obama has to trust his organization to give him good intelligence. If they're wrong, then he will suffer the consequences. I'm sure Missouri and Nevada and Colorado want him there too.

    Rendell can make his case like all the rest, but I question why he does it in the media. That's why I don't trust the guy.

    October 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Emily

    I hope he goes back, as soon as that nasty old buzzard and the wolf killer hear that Obama went up in the polls, they will have to reach into their bags of filth and lies to try and smear him to reduce the lead.
    Don't take any chances with these sneaky amoral people, they are capable of anything.

    October 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. carol kesling

    GO OBAMA AND BIDEN, I MAILED MY BALLOT IN ON OCT 13TH !!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. joe

    Go to McCainPalinHalloween.com for your chance to win CASH PRIZE!!!

    October 21, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Independent for Obama!!

    I agree, even though Obama is up in th epolls in PA, he should go and secure PA as much as possible, before securing one of the red states. PA is a must!

    October 21, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Come on Virginia, this is what we have been talking about. We can NOT take anything for granted.

    If you are young and for Obama, this is your election to lose! We need you. Unfortunately, the old people of my age, are proportionately split between the two Candidates. The young can win this!! Make it your day, make it your future!!

    Get in and VOTE your butts off!

    October 21, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Ex GOPer

    Scary thing is that it's at the point McCAin could take PA, FL and OH and still lose. Obama supporters are more fired up then ever and while the math is hard to figure out for McCain the Obama team has created possible scenarios that defy the history of Red and Blue States.

    We are all REAL Americans! Obama 08

    October 21, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Brian Rich

    Democrats in Pennsylvania – GET OUT AND VOTE ASAP!! It is critical to show McCain we're not interested in more partisan violence in Washington, more stalled progress, more CEO-first McCain economic policies.

    Time to move on! Bush is done, McCain his surrogate has no chance, so lets seal this coffin and get on with the future!

    October 21, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Save America, Yes, please get OBAMA back to Pennsylvania! There are way too many McCain signs here. We can't let ourselves be stuck in old ways of thinking anymore.

    October 21, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. malclave

    Why would Obama want to go to Pennsylvania? According to Rep. Murtha, the place is filled with racists.

    October 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. tulsa

    TheTruthHurts
    You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you in the rear.
    People like you are the ones who can't be trusted. You and your anti-American Republican buddies can shove it.

    October 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Deb

    I'd like to see Obama go back to Penn and then make a suprise sweep of southern states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia in particular. Take it all away from the Republican's and thier hate machine. I am tired of Republican's thinking they are the only patriotic one's and I don not want the Republican's in office to continue helping the rich.

    October 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. adg

    I hope penns, people are smart enough to get that obama truly is for all americans not just the ones who vote for him, When He wins. all of us will benefit from is plan and mccain will continue bushs policies. I voted early for Obama!!!!

    October 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Ex GOPer

    Don't believe everything you read. I support Obama but this seems like a bait and switch. Pretend the state is competetive and take limited resources of McCain from other states? I mean Clintons, Rendell and Biden can you name four more powerful politicians in PA.

    October 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    Come on PA voters..... vote Obama... we believe in JOBS BABY JOBS

    October 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Obama/Biden

    Obama should go back and share with the people of PA his economic plans and what he will do for the people of PA. I think the people of PA are smarter than you think, they will care less about twho will secure their retirement funds and pension plans, their jobs or save their home from foreclosure. No matter what the color or race of the candidate is, their pocketbooks come first. I think Obama should go back, becasue the more people hear from him, see him in action, the more they will voe for him.

    October 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. Bertin Evina-Ze

    barack will be back. He must sweep McCain.

    Go Barack/Biden!!

    October 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. lovable liberal

    Without Pennsylvania, McCain can't win, so a little defense would be a good thing.

    October 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. tulsa

    lol.... fact check count today, Obama truthful, mcCain false.
    not that we didn't know that already.
    Eat it you right wing trash.

    October 21, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Amy

    I think it might be a good idea for Obama and the Clintons to return...if only to make the point to Pennsylvanians that he is not taking them for granted.

    October 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Mitch

    I would think that the people of Pennsylvania, real Americans and fake Americans according to Palin, are smart enough to see and hear the lies spread by the McCain campaign.

    October 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. RBH

    I am a 62 year old white female from SC and I will be voting for Senator Obama too. We need to support Senator Obama because he will be a breath of fresh air for our country. He will bring us together as a nation and we desperately need that.

    October 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Aaron

    I live in Pittsburgh and have been dissapointed that Obama has not made a visit here for the general election. I know there are a lot of supporters here for him but there almost the same for McCain. Too close for comfort. Obama/Biden 2008!

    October 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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