Romney promises to win Pennsylvania in November
April 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney promises to win Pennsylvania in November

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."


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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Mary

    I live in PA and am a Democrat. President Obama is already leading in the polls here and there's not much enthusiasm among Republicans I know for Mitt Romney. That does not sound like a recipe for success.

    April 5, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Another Day in the Idiot Mines of the Obama administration

    Why do Democrats and liberals attempt to recall the past in every post?

    Answer: To provide smoke and mirrors to dodge Obama's falied policies and the destruction of this nations future at the hands of all their failed social welfare programs. Without smoke, mirrors and lies, Obama and his socialist partners in the Democrat Socialist Party are revealed for what they are: FAILED EUROPEAN SOCIALISTS.

    April 5, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. independent

    I live in PA and I'm voting for romney.... I voted th or obama last election and all he does is lie and im sick of it. So anybody but obama......

    April 5, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Marcus Pitrovsky

    Mitt has to Etch and Sketch a Mona Lisa to accomplish that. There is no way a Mormon hedge fund manager building a car elevator 27 million mansion in Malibu is going to win in PA. None.

    April 5, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. CCCDaughter

    Romney is boring!

    April 5, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. hillcrester

    So Romney says he is going to win PA in November. So what?

    April 5, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. fbysea

    Another Day in the Idiot "Mines" of the Obama administration???.... How about: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt." People like you make me feel so much better about President Obama's prospects. Read a book, please.

    April 5, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Melo-D

    The funniest thing I have read all day was Romney calling Obama out of touch because he has been riding on Air Force one for a few years. Nevermind the fact that Romney probably has never even been on a commercial flight, Obama is the one who's out of touch. Man, it's going to be a long summer for Willard. No amount of fake outrage from the right will make up for the fact that Romnay stinks.

    April 5, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. the1stchastiser

    The robotic etch-a-sketch CEO is promising to deliver PA. What a joke. Republicans you need to choose more electable candidates. Romney is a joke.

    April 5, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. poinpounderthe3rd

    Why do Republicans post bad comments about liberals when their leading nominee is a liberal?

    April 5, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    I love listening to the Fox drones prattling on with all of these fictional cartoon images of Obama....he's a European socialist, he's a Marxist, he's out to destroy the fabric of this country, he's a closet Muslim who really hates America!!!! Listen up ding bats, the economy is lumbering forward with positive motion, a deep Depression has been averted, we are winding down our ridiculously expensive war footprint, and the rich are richer still. Obama wins in November against the Republican version of Michael Dukakis. and your country will be better for it, even if you're too close-minded to see it. And we will still be digging out from the full-scale catastrophe that Bush helped to unleash upon this land. that job will take another decade to complete at least.

    April 5, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. jeremy

    Mitt ain't perfect, but Obama is absolutely terrible. The only way Mitt loses is if more than 50% of Americans are as stupid as They were 4 years ago come Nov.

    April 5, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. l.lewis

    If he thinks he is going to Pa in the fall,,,then I am the President..

    April 5, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. jimnot999

    I am a registered Republican and live in PA. Most of guys I play golf with say they won't vote for Obama, however, the president will get my vote. I will change my party affiliation after the election to Independent because the GOP has become the extremist party. I believe in freedom of religion, but not a theocracy based on Christian principles. That is a huge chunk of the GOP base. I also don't believe in the brand of conservative capitalism that the GOP has pushed and through deregulation, and unfairness in the tax system has about destroyed the middle class.

    Some of the guys I play golf with won't vote for Obama because they believe he is a muslim or a socialist or for some other reason based on no logical basis. Regardless of who wins the GOP nomination, and I believe it will be Romney, the GOP will not win the White House. I only hope they lose control of the House as well. The Senate, with its cloture rules, has become so disfunctional it makes no difference which party is in the majority there.

    April 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. fullclarity

    Romney is not honest in his dealings with his fellow men. That's one of the fundamentals of his religion. He speaks like a chameleon, changing his message to what he thinkis his audience wants to hear. That's not leadership of any sort.

    April 5, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  16. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney who can save America!!

    April 5, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Slim Shady

    Women should have never been given the right to vote, nor should anyone else who does not own business, or property, or who does not pay taxes. Bill Clinton won overwhelmingly by the female vote in the first election and won by an even greater margin of female votes AFTER it was discovered he had allegedly raped several women and se xually harassed others. Talk about beaten wife syndrome. My God. Then, after being warned repeatedly that Obama would destroy the nation, he took office with with the majority of votes coming from women. For the first time in History, two women, one from each party were on the Presidential ticket and NOW as well as every other woman's rights organizations chose a man. What a joke. Now they will line up to do in the rest of what is left of American by voting overwhelmingly for Obama again. What an absolute embarrassment.

    April 5, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Slim Shady

    Women should have never been given the right to vote, nor should anyone else who does not own business, or property, or who does not pay taxes. Bill Clinton won overwhelmingly by the female vote in the first election and won by an even greater margin of female votes AFTER it was discovered he had allegedly r aped several women and harassed others. Talk about beaten wife syndrome. Then, after being warned repeatedly that Obama would destroy the nation, he took office with with the majority of votes coming from women. For the first time in History, two women, one from each party were on the Presidential ticket and NOW as well as every other woman's rights organizations chose a man. What a joke. Now they will line up to do in the rest of what is left of American by voting overwhelmingly for Obama gain. What an absolute embarrassment.

    April 5, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Slim Shady

    Women should have never been given the right to vote. Bill Clinton won overwhelmingly by the female vote in the first election and won by an even greater margin of female votes AFTER it was discovered he had allegedly r aped several women and se xually harassed others. Talk about beaten wife syndrome. My G od. Then, after being warned repeatedly that Obama would destroy the nation, he took office with with the majority of votes coming from women. For the first time in History, two women, one from each party were on the Presidential ticket and NOW as well as every other woman's rights organizations chose a man. What a joke. Now they will line up to do in the rest of what is left of American by voting overwhelmingly for Obama gain. What an absolute embarrassment.

    April 5, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. Slim Shady

    Women should have never been given the right to vote.

    April 5, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. John J. Puccio

    Romney certainly has the money to buy the election, just as the Koch brothers have bought the Republican Party (Tea Party Express, ALEC, Grover Norquist's anti-tax foundation, contributions to every GOP candidate for office). And why do right-wingers always use spurious name-calling ("Failed European Socialists") instead of legitimate arguments to counter the ideas of Democrats? I suppose it's because they have no counter-arguments. Sad, angry, fearful people, these ultraconservatives.

    April 5, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. M.K.

    The right wingnuts are going to be extinct in this country in a few more years. They keep driving nails in their coffins and whining like a bunch of school boys. They like to wave the flag and start wars and then send the poor kids to fight them while they go to the country club and sit around and brag about how much money they make and how they keep from paying their equal share of taxes on it.

    April 5, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney has moved so fast and far to the right of the political spectrum he can't move back towards the center without looking like he is flip flopping again! He will not attract moderates and independents for adopting extreme conservative positions. He will also lose women voters for attacking women rights to health care.

    April 5, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. wavejump1100

    he may win PA but he wont win the election.

    April 5, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  25. wavejump1100

    if my comment is awaiting moderation why is it posted? am i the only one who can see it? besides what could possibly be wrong with this post.

    April 5, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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