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."
I'd like to know what smoky mirrors "Another Day' has been looking in to get the distorted picture he apparently has acquired~!!! FIrst of all......the "social welfare programs" have been with us for many years and so far we are still here!!!! Second, if the Democrats had been failed European Socialists we wouldn't even be here .....now would we???? You have obviously latched on to a word " SOCIAL" that sounds important to you so I'm sure you use it in every conversation even if you are ordering a hamburger at a "fast foody'............ BY THE WAY, if you happen to have a dictionary...........????????
I think Ron Paul needs to run third party. He is drawing huge crowds all over but not getting votes so they obviously don't want to register Republican.
Romney is not getting a lot of enthusiastic support but continues to be pushed by the Goldman Sachs crowd. Obama is a huge disappointment as president and has failed on most of his campaign promises. He's getting in a lot of golf though.
If Ron Paul would just leave the rats nest (Republican Party) he could just be our next president. Divide and conquer.
Republicans are living in the 17th century. Obama Biden 2012!
Good Bye President Obama. Hello, President Romney. We need you!!!
The heroes can speak the whole lines that the robbers are going to say. But the robbers can't speak even single word that the heroes are going to say. Good luck and Godspeed to Romney!
There are two votes in this house against you Mr. Romney!! Pennsylvania will send you packing. We don want you in the presidency.
To those who love to call us Socialists and idiots: your fear-tactics and factless-rhetoric doesn't work anymore. You can keep the faux-phrases, propoganda ministers and your hatred- we'll keep the White House. Thanks, and consider therapy.
Two more votes for Obama 2012
LOL Conservatives are willing to finish destroying this country rather than let President Obama fix the mess caused by 8 years of conservative policies. Seriously, if President Obama simultaneously cured cancer and created world peace, the Republicans would find fault with him And if Satan himself ran as a conservative, the Tea Party ghouls would flock to the polls like sheep and vote for him. No wonder this country is so screwed up.
I'm from PA and I will be voting for Romney. Most of my friends here are sick and tired of our failed administration
Liberals are very good at changing history. A careful look at what caused the economic crisis shows that the blame should be placed on the housing market crash caused by Carter and Clintons CRA. Bloated union contracts were a major factor in the auto industry's struggles. And having close to the highest corporate tax rate in the world is what is causing companies to leave the US.
Romney has been attacked from both sides. Wait and see what happens in the polls when the republican base comes together and supports Romney. Obama is done for.
I can't take 4 more years of Obama blaming everyone under the moon but himself. Also, unemployment under Bush was actually very low, even after the dot com bubble burst and 911, the Bush tax cuts were able to keep the economy running. Unfortunately, the failed policies of Carter and Clinton and their desire to get everyone into a home even if they couldn't afford it, crashed the economy and Bush took the fall for it.
Looks like Rich Willard (Mitt) is going to take the White House in storm. He does not worry about the poor, they do not vote anyway, even if you give them a free ride. Just leave them behind for not voting. His dream cabinet will be Santorum, Gingrich, Palin, and that other person from Wisconsin with the new budget. Oh, and do not forget the Hispanic from Florida. What a lovely team! We need these guys!
President Obama has my vote!! I pray that he wins. Because Mitt is scarey! Anybody that is that eagered to become president, has to be dangerous! He builds other countries economy by hiding his money, while ours was suffering; he changes his mind like he changes his undies, and he lies more than a Persian rug!!! ...NO WAY he needs to be in the White House!!!! ~O B A M A/ B I D E N 2012!!!
Yea right.And am supposed to believe that.What are the odds of that happening,Willard?.Mitt is only close in the polls with Barack Obama because these two have not yet gotten the chance to face each other in a debate.Barack would tear you into pieces during a debate and lets see how far your polls would be sinking in even republican states.So out of touch.Gees
'Another Day in the Idiot Mines of the Obama administration
Why do Democrats and liberals attempt to recall the past in every post? '
Because you and most of the amnesiacs around seems to believe that the economic/social problems that are faced today started in January 2009 and not before.
Face it, USA is a too big of a country (not speaking just geographically) and its problems, when they happen at the level that they are NOW, can't be the result of just ONE presidential term.
But you don't seem to like History...
Rather a Mitt in the WH than a Mutt.
Did he get this epiphany wearing his magic underwear? Did he look up into the vast sky and also pick his planet?
I still don't know how you won a state where you pretty much told the automobile industry to go bankrupt themselves.
Maybe some of those right height trees voted for you? If wasn't by that big of a margin so I wouldn't be that excited about Michigan.
Vote romney. Lier of the year. Obama /biden 2012 the only way forward
Attempt to recall the past...hmmm...isn't the present made up of all past actions? Obama's policies haven't failed. Since he took office and kept us from a great depression I would say his policies were a great success. Romney has nothing to offer that hasn't been done before and failed. On top of the fact he cannot be trusted. He is which ever way the wind blows.
That Romney, what a sense of humor!
Typical GOP reaction lately is to blame "the liberals" for Mitt being such a wet match. If it weren't for the "liberal media," voters would be falling in love with him all over again – sigh. It's the fault of the Dems and the news and the Tea Party and everyone else. It couldn't be that Mitt is an unelectable tool, could it?
He will also win the entire election!!! Mitt is the man we need to end the 4 years of policies that are threatening the future of our children. Our national debt, which is currently being ignored, is a time bomb that will destroy the chances our children will have of attaining or surpassing our current lifestyles.
Anyone other than Santorum!