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. Annie, Atlanta

    Barack Obama will do what is necessary.

    I just heard on Hardball that two weeks before election day Sarah Palin still knows nothing about the role of the VP. Are we surprised?

    October 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Scott Tucson

    Rendell didn't ask for Biden to come to PA? Though that's not surprising but maybe Rendell can get Jack Murtha to come out and do some more public speeches for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Lynn in NM

    Why would he request that Obama come back to Pennsylvania? Obama already has the election won. He obviously isn't reading the paper. There is no reason for anyone to vote. The media has already decided the election.

    October 21, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Ann

    I agree that Obama should go back to PA. McCain said his strategy was to 'win' PA. I just think it would be smart to go back there. It could not hurt.

    October 21, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Regina

    to the lady who does not think McCain tells lies, What have you been doing while all the trash that they come up.

    October 21, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Kira

    The Republicans are becoming slime.

    October 21, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. voting FOR "my" best interest, not Haliburton's

    Better safe than sorry... I say go..... I believe Rendell knows his state....

    October 21, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Terry H

    Google Donald Young

    October 21, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Regina

    Scott, you are extremely uninformed.

    October 21, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Alexia

    Palin says nothing about the economy, she just knows how to sling the mud fast and furious. What an idiototic fool.

    October 21, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. NJ

    If the Governor says a visit is good, I think he should go.

    October 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Struggling American

    To YOu have all underestimated Sara Palin".

    The only reason she got those ratings is because most of us were waiting to watch her fall on her face. But you left out the Katie Couric Interviews, that says it all.

    I think Nov 4 will tell you something.

    October 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. TrendyMac

    WHAT ??!!

    "That's been my forte as the governor of an energy producing state and as a former chair of the, of the energy regulator - entity up there in Alaska," she said.

    She was the chairman of the "energy regulator– entity" up there but she can't name the "entity" that she once Chaired ???

    OMG...
    Heaven protect & deliver us all from this Mental Midget .. Amen...

    October 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Voter

    If McCain wins, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he tried to outlaw the Democratic party. After all, they're dangerous the the country's security because they 'hate real Americans'.

    And don't trust the polls, they've been wrong before.

    October 21, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. voting FOR "my" best interest, not Haliburton's

    THANK YOU, MARYLOU IN SOUTH CAROLINA... "YOU" GIVE ME HOPE.

    October 21, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Sarah Palin doesn't lose

    70 million watched her debate vs. 56 million for Obama

    17 million watched her on SNL-

    Check her record-always the underdog-always wins in the end-

    And if she doesn't win she'll come to your house with her M-16 and find out why--Al Qaeda fears her far more than the woos appeaser Obama.

    October 21, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. Justin

    McCain is looking more and more confused.

    October 21, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. JIM HAWK

    I LIVE IN CENTRAL PA..THERE ARE FIVE VOTERS IN MY HOUSEHOLD SUPPORTING DRUM ROLL PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA/BIDEN..WE WEREN'T EVEN INCLUDED IN ANY POLLS YET !!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4TH

    Pennsylvania is too smart to fall for the lies, and failed leadership of mccain palin bush, it's time for REAL CHANGE, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. mume

    yes I agree obama should go back to PA

    October 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Bobbie in Maryland

    I have campaigned in PA& have seen a great support for Obama. GET OUT THE VOTE, PENNSYLVANIA! GO BLUE!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. L. MIAMI, FLORIDA

    GOOD AMERICANS ,

    ACCORDING TO THE POLLS, OBAMA IS WINNING HERE IN FLORIDA ALREADY !

    NA NA NA NA HEY HEY

    KISS MCSHAME GOOD- BYE !

    GO OBAMA / BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Reilly, are you kidding. Bush increased the national debt equal to that of what the 42 Presidents before him did, in just 8 years. How is this the fault of the dems in congress for the last 2 years?

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Brad

    Is your "Fact Checks" written by the Obama staff, they are a joke and one sided.

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Jose El Jardinero

    I find it amusing when all these "pro-american" conservatives call anyone who doesn't agree with their self-righteous, close-minded thinking, "uninformed." Ha ha ha.
    This coming from people who get their marching orders from Fox, Rush and the high-school dropout who is now preaching and stealing their money from the pulpit.

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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