Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Mitt Romney promised Thursday to win Pennsylvania in November, even as he lowered expectations for a victory here in the Republican primary later this month.
"As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November," Romney said at a small rally held on the roof of a downtown Harrisburg office building. "I'm going to win Pennsylvania in November."
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As Romney put it, "the reason that's going to happen, by the way, is that the people of Pennsylvania have taken a good look at conservative leadership. They've seen your senator, Pat Toomey, they've seen your governor, they've seen that conservative leaders are the people who will help grow the middle class."
Toomey, a leading conservative voice in the Senate, has voiced support for Romney's presidential bid, while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has remained neutral in the race.
Pennsylvania hasn't voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but he expressed confidence that he could pick up the state's 20 electoral votes this fall.
"The people of Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6, I believe will vote for me and give me the support I need to become the next president of the United States," he said.
During a visit to a campaign phone bank before the speech, Romney called the state "critical" to his White House chances.
As for the more pressing matter – the April 24 Republican primary showdown against Rick Santorum – Romney was careful not to overstate his chances.
Clearly lowering expectations even though polls show him gaining on Santorum in the former senator's home state Romney said "everybody expects someone to win their home state."
"Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state, I think people expect the senator to win his home state," he said. "But I'll pick up a lot of delegates, and we have several other states with contests the same day - I hope to win all of those, and if I can win the others and pick up some delegates here, it will give me an even stronger lead."
Romney will be wiining a lot more than Pennsylvania in November. He'll be our next President. One that will bring this country back from the socialist abyss.
Wow...Mittens really got off message here. Here I thought his whole campaign strategery had already shifted to "I know you are but what am I?" playground politics already. I mean, he's spent the past few days blabbering about things like Obama being a "flip flopper" and having a "secret agenda that nobody can tell what it is because he won't take a position on anything" etc. Someone get Mittens back on message baselesssly projecting all his own failings onto his opponent. Can't wait for his campaign to do exactly what McPamper's did and try to co-opt whatever theme message Obama's campaign comes out with. last time it was "change" and the McPampers' campaign suddenly yammering abotu change all the time...what slogan will Mittens' campaign steal I wonder....
hey Romney is really out there. The state has not gone gone red since 1988. Most people do not like or trust him and he thinks that he will win the state. What medication is this guy on.
Good luck with that Mitt, Oh I forgot, you are king of The Surpreesors when it comes to destoying as many voices & votes of the Elderly & minorities & the poor. This issue is NOt going away. You will have to adress it as you will have to adress your in bed with Oil Companies decision to have the Keystone Pipelines supply go out of the Country if you are elected. It needs to stay in AMERICA. Man, you really do like the middle class as much as that dog you put on the roof on the highway for a family trip.
gotta love da mittens. the man will not relent. he is better than an actual politician, because the overseas oil companies that pay barrack obama in his offshore accounts wont have any influence over his energy policies on onshore drilling on federal lands
SO what is Obama's campaign theme or message?
I promise can do better than 8.3% unemployment if you give me another 4 years?
I promise I can run up TRILLION dollar deficits and bankrupt the country if you give me another 4 years?
I promise I can find more of your Constitutional rights to trample on in the name of socialsms?
NO THANKS! The country simply cannot afford 4 more years of Obama failure, debt and shredding of the Constitution.
"Mitt Romney promised Thursday to win Pennsylvania in November, even as he lowered expectations for a victory here in the Republican primary later this month."
Oh, wow! The excitement overwhelms! Almost as titillating as the mounting excitement of whether or not Mitt Romney will opt out of his worn out jeans and decide to "Etch A Sketch" himself a suit and tie when he gives his concession speech come November, yes?
I really dont get why this Country dislikes Willard o much, So he s a draft dodger who put thousands & thousands of people out of work & sent their jobs to China & got a Billion in Earmarks from The US Treasury for his mormon Bain Buddies & 02 games & hides a few hundred mill overseas to avoid taxes & is going to send 100 % of the Keystone supply of America. Does this make him such a bad guy??
Cut this man some slack, he needs to get a dozen more elevators for his dozen houses for his dozen cars.
Gov. Tom Corbett approval rating is 41% and he wants to cut public school funding middle calls don’t like him
More Pennsylvanians like Sen. Robert Casey Jr. than Senator, Pat Toomey,
When Mr. Romeny close to the nomination Obama approval rating rose in Pennsylvania
He had a pep rally with his Oil buddies & told them in exchange for hundreds of millions he would give them & all their family members Majic Underwear.
This pompous 1%er is really full of himself. He must have not seen recent polls in PA where the president holds double digit leads over him and Santorum. He needs to get his head out of his anus.
Not gonna happen Mittens. You're not going to win your "home" state either.....Massachussetts? Michigan? Which is it?
Truth & Nothin but the truth, Mittens is Salivating over his half Billion he is gonna get from his Big oiL buddies. He is figuring out how to cheat & surpress as many votes as possible with that.
@Truth and Nothing But the Truth – SO what is Obama's campaign theme or message?
Truthfully, Obama doesn't need to campaign for anything right now. The GOP is doing all his work for him. The ongoing buffoonery and circus clown parade will hopefully last until the GOP August convention, and once all the comedy evaporates, there will be a GOP nominee. At that point the POTUS can start his campaign.
Etch-a-Sketch Mitt predicting a win in Pennsylvania already!
Oh, I forgot he is a bishop with spiritual powers "to lighten our burden"...so he can actually see the future!
This idiot is calling himself a conservative...really??? LOL
@Truth and Nothing But the Truth
"Romney will be wiining a lot more than Pennsylvania in November. He'll be our next President. One that will bring this country back from the socialist abyss."
I see you used the word "socialist" again. Be specific – do you believe Social Security, Medicare and the Federal Highway system are socialist? Do you think a progressive tax rate is socialist? Do you honestly believe as healthcare increases in costs from 7-9% per year the free market can regulate that death spiral for the American working class? What does the GOP want to do – really?
You constantly get hammered in these comments for making emotional statements based on nothing but Fox News sound bites and phrases. Why not giving logic and reason a try? Can you just put the brainwashing aside and actually defend something concrete? If you think Social Security will work as a private investment plan – say so and tell us why. If you believe corporations will behave honorably using vouchers for Medicare – again... just say so and bsase your view on some actual thought process. If you think the healthcare system can work without a mandate to force the healthy population to contribute before they reach an age of higher medical costs – speak up and defend your position with something besides comments from the cheerleader of hate and bigotry. If you plan to keep having intellectual battles with folks in these comment sections you need to bring a little more ammo to the fight.
You're both right, Mittens is living in a dream world and/or has not looked at any Pennsylvania polls. He has almost no chance there. A truly moderate Republican might have a shot, but as you both note there hasn't been any such thing since 1988 (well, moderate by 2012 standards – Nixon & Reagan would be called flaming liberals in today's GOP).
Get lost Mittens. Penn State is Democratic country.
Biden is going to be all over this state, the place where he was born. Don't try to claim it as your home state. Which one is that by the way.
"Can't wait for his campaign to do exactly what McPamper's did and try to co-opt whatever theme message Obama's campaign comes out with. last time it was "change" and the McPampers' campaign suddenly yammering abotu change all the time...what slogan will Mittens' campaign steal I wonder...."
Oh, Sniffit. You've got me laughing on that! I'd forgotten all about McCain and his surrogates last time around. Apparently the Romney surrogates are already adopting the McCain bandwagon of yammering the other-sides ideas as their own. It's hilarious and awfully transparent ... adding yet another element to GOPerville mentality of stupidity. (As if they haven't flaunted their idiocy enough as it is.)
Truth, lol, think again, Romney/repubs/GOP has already lost the General Election. Look at the polls, especially the one for VOTING AMERICAN WOMEN
@ Larry L you are 100 % right, He is brainwashed by the most Bias Network in the World. I crack up when they do the RASSMUSSEN poll and it shows Prez Obama losing in the Women vote. That is truely Irresponsible & fake brainwashing news!!!
@Truth – Perhaps you don't know that:
The unemployment rate IS going down. Down from it's immediate post Bush high of 10.0% in 2009. Down 8/10 of a percent in just the last 6 months. We have added 4.1 million jobs over the past 26 months, not couting March's probable 200,000 addition.
The budget deficit has gone down in each of the three years since Obama took office.
Only nut-cases call our President a Socialist.
It's called Projection. Karl Rove started it for W a long time ago. Objective: Project your own weaknesses onto your opponent. (Notice Rmoney calling President Obama "Out of Touch" or "Flip-Flopper" or "Secretive". Those are EXACTLY the traits of Rmoney. BUT he has to try to make his followers think his weaknesses are the other guy. Karl Rove's brain trying to sell us the same crap for a 3rd time. LOL.
Man, this crowd really adores Mr. Personality!!!