October 21st, 2008
06:18 PM ET
6 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. Laurie

    Kate you go girl!

    We look forward to Penn. turning blue!

    October 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    Is liberalism a dirty word? I think not; I think it is relative because it depends on where we are in time and how history will judge that time. Eight years ago, America saw it fitting to embrace conservativism because Republicans labeled the Democrats as the friend of Satan. Democrats supported abortion rights, wanted gun control, and were weak militarily.

    Enough Christian right-wingers flooded to the polls to put George W. over the top in two elections. Eight years later I ask, "Is conservativism a good word? Judging by where we are in time, I think not. We are embroiled in two wars–none of which we are winning unless you judge winning by Republican standards. Our economy is in turmoil, and people are losing their homes in record numbers.

    At this point in time, I think it is fitting to consider ourselves liberals if we want to take back Washington and put our country on the right track. In other words, vote Democrat.

    October 21, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. liz

    Can Obama have a couple of days to care for his grandmother, and possibly say goodbye before people start rallying for his time? I guess noone values REAL family values anymore...

    October 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Scott

    Amazing. Simply amazing. Obama's surrogates raise the race flag, and McCain is blamed for it. McCain actually chides a supporter for mischaracterizing Obama, and it is McCain who is called hateful. Obama supporters ignore the vile mistatements, distortions and outright lies from the Obama campaign. Here's hoping that PA does the right thing and sends Obama back to the corrupt confines of dirty Chicago politics that formed him and to which he still dearly clings.

    October 21, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. shannon

    To: "Noose is getting tighter for Obama"

    That is a disgusting, not to mention racist, thing to write. You single-handedly embody everything that is wrong with this country.

    October 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    NOW BACK TO THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF

    SAVING THIS NATION FROM A GRUMPY OLD

    IDIOT THAT CO-AUTHORED OUR CURRENT SITUATION.

    A VOTE FOR MCGREDY IS A VOTE FOR THE SAME.

    OH, PLEASE THINK OF OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURES.

    October 21, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. JV in PA

    I live in PA, and I'm still a little worried. Unfortunately, there are quite a few areas of the state filled with gun loving, racist rednecks, or "real Americans" as Sarah Palin would call them. I am hopeful that the rest of the state, especially young voters will come out in big numbers to support Obama.
    Obama/ Biden '08!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Pennsylvania Voter

    Fast Eddy (as we in Philly affeactionately call him!),

    Chill out. We got this!!! Philly will deliver as always. I say Sen. Obama will get at least 72% of the Philly vote. Has he forotten about Mongtomery, Chester, Bucks and parts of Centre County (State College lots of youngins there). Also, a section called Chester (not the county!) will come thru.

    I predict 52 to 42 in favor of Senator Obama.

    Let's see if I'm right.

    Let's take a trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and camp out for at least Eight Years!!!

    Obama/Biden 2008 to 2012
    Yes We Can!!!!! Yes We Will!!!!!!
    Sen. Obama like an old Pennsylvania license plate used to state –
    "YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN PENNSYLVANIA"!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Excuse me

    Just exactly "what lies" from the McCain camp are you people talking about. Please be more specific. You just throw something out there but have nothing to back it up with. You don't know what you are talking about. You are all like parrots – just repeating things but have no idea what you are saying.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 21, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Dems we need to get out and VOTE. Have resolve in standing in line to make change happen

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. vote! vote! obama-biden nov.4th

    i was in Penn. only once, a beautiful part of AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not pro america, not a pocket, like palin wants to call you, mccain palin are proving more every day to be racist, liers, unlawful, using scare tatics, mccain voted 90% of the time with bush,mccains advisor sen, gramm said we were a country of whiners, that the bad economy was all in our minds. VOTE THE ONLY CHOICE THAT MAKES ANY SENSE, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    Look PA, if you want to support 'HELP A BILLIONAIRE PLAN', vote for McCain. He'll make sure all the TAXES go directly to the top 1%.

    Do you really want Palin dictating how you should live your life? She's a Cheney in a dress.

    October 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Kyle R.

    I'll never vote for ANY Republican again. Since this election, I have found out what the Republican party is all about.

    October 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. democrats /PA

    kate you are so wrong
    vet in pa will vote mccain and so will we

    October 21, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. democrats /PA

    kate you are so wrong get it right
    vet in pa will vote mccain and so will we

    October 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. Tyler

    What a mess the Republican party has become.

    October 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. kayla

    LOVE IS IN THE AIR . VOTE OBAMA

    October 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Steve

    Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for Obama, the rest of the state for McCain, simple as that.

    Even Joe Biden thinks Obama isn't ready and all of America is going to have to support him. Sorry, but if you can't hack it on day 1, then you have no right being President. No wonder 70 countries want Obama to be leader of the free world. They know he won't do jack, when it comes to foreign policy. Just wait for Russia to start dropping bombs on the states and have Obama making a phone call asking them to stop. Leave the fate of our country in the hands of an inexperienced smooth talker and see where we end up in 6 months.

    Vote now, Vote smart, Vote McCain.

    Ok, go ahead and delete this post, just like you do all the rest of mine CNN. Show us how unbias you really are.

    October 21, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    Read Fact Check Obama to raise taxes on small bussiness

    FALSE

    Another lie from the GOP

    October 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Annie

    Palin has a big mouth and an empty head. No brains!

    October 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Rose

    40% vs 95% – really ignorant because 40% may not pay income tax doesnt mean they dont pay taxes. Im as white and country as I can get and Im voting Obama! Please reps stop saying only African Americans are voting Obama... Please oh please Obama keep Penn away from McCain... If McCain wins our economy will be flushed – Bush already dropped it in the toilet!
    OBAMA/BIDEN all the way!

    October 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. Donald

    There are 13 days remaining before election day. There is enough time to divide up for a cross country world-wind type of rally stops. If the Govenor of the state is asking for Team-Obama to return, I do think it would be prudent for Senator Obama to oblige him/her. It will not hurt to show the people of Pennsylvania that he has regards for their Governor seeing that Pennsylvanians will also help to make him president. Having Senator Clinton and Bill Clinton along will be a show of unity and can only help in strengthening his organization's effort on the ground. Thus I agree with Governor Rendell.

    October 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. That one is Karl Marxs friend too

    Thank you Obama for not visiting my state.. You are not wanted here anyway. You have enough of your people like Murtha letting people know just how you feel.

    Don't worry Obama. You have PA in your pocket..

    Barbara- 65 yr old white female in NC- you are just the typical uninformed drivel that follows just to follow... keep drinking the koolaide.

    October 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Lorenzo Clemons

    God love Western Penn as well. I have been to western Penn at various times. I know there are some people who are afraid of 'change', but it will feel so good in the end. When jobs and industry return to western Penn, people will see what change will do. I always say " you don't have to like me, but we must find our happy medium and our common ground.' Our common ground is a prosperious and working America. A Obama/Biden looking America. So the home of the 'deer hunter' is much better then the home of the 'Moose'.
    God Bless America

    October 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Former Republican

    THE OLD QUESTION OF "HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?",

    MCSAME HAS GONE AS LOW AS ANY POLITICIAN

    IN OUR TIME. THIS IS THE SAME MAN THAT WRAPS

    HIMSELF IN THE US FLAG & CLAIMS TO BE HONORABLE.

    HE IS NEITHER HONEST NOR HONORABLE.

    OF THE TWO BUSH WINS THAT CONTEST, HANDS DOWN.

    October 21, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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