Romney predicts win in Pennsylvania
June 16th, 2012
08:14 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney predicts win in Pennsylvania

Cornwall, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Mitt Romney is more confident about his chances in Pennsylvania after a day of campaigning here Saturday.

Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach teed up the presumptive GOP presidential nominee when he spoke to the crowd in Cornwall before Romney arrived.

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"We have a duty to make Gov. Romney believe that he can win Pennsylvania," Gerlach said.

President Barack Obama won the state by 10 percentage points in 2008, and it has gone to the Democratic presidential nominee in every presidential election since 1992.

The CNN Electoral Map projects the state is leaning in Obama's favor this year, too.

A poll released Friday shows Obama ahead of Romney in the state. But the Quinnipiac University survey also shows Romney with an eight-point lead over the president when likely voters were asked who would best handle the economy.

Standing near Pennsylvania Republicans Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Pat Toomey, Romney referred on Saturday to Gerlach's comment.

"He said that you guys need to convince me that I can win Pennsylvania. I’ve got news for you, congressman, I am going to win Pennsylvania!"

At his third and final stop in the crucial battleground state, Romney was resoundingly more optimistic about his chances of winning Pennsylvania than he was nearly eight hours earlier at his first stop in Weatherly.

"It's going to be a battle. I'd love to get the whole state. We'll see," he said to first-term U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta from Pennsylvania, after Barletta told Romney he was going to help him win in eastern Pennsylvania.

Corbett told reporters in Cornwall that he believes Romney can do well in western and central Pennsylvania. "He's not going to win Philadelphia, we know that ... but he can compete in the rest of the state."

"I would tell him, as he well knows, that if he wins this state he's going to win the election. And I believe it's winnable," Corbett told reporters in Cornwall. "He has to spend some time here."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. B

    "We have a duty to make Gov. Romney think he can win." Yeah, keep on feeding his delusions of grandeur making him think that he could actually win the presidency.

    June 16, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Jhonny Boy

    No he wont

    June 16, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Pennsylvanian are tired of state government (republican) and their junior senator (Republican) actually they want take back their 2010 votes
    Mitt is doing a wrong math

    June 16, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I am sure there were more than three clowns there for him but his crowds continue to be tiny for somebody who nobody wants for president but they are still stuck with him.

    June 16, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    Willard needs to remember he is the corporate elite and he will lose this state. No mormon cult followers here.

    June 16, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, NOT a third term of BUSH's years of FAILURE

    The poll from Quinnipiac University indicated Obama leading Romney 46%-40%. The president's lead was bolstered by strong advantages over Romney among women and independents – 51% of women back Obama, compared to 36% who support Romney. Forty-three percent of independents say they would vote for Obama, compared to 35% who would go for Romney.

    Dream on Mitt!

    June 16, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Just make sure Ricky-boy isn't there to campaign for him and he may have a chance.

    June 16, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Mitt Romney is more confident about his chances in Pennsylvania after a day of campaigning here Saturday.◄

    Yep, we have not seen the crowd on camera because MITT was running away every time the media came. But I bet you his crowds were no more than a few hundred in the towns that leans toward Republicans anyway. That's right MITTens, those few folks will determine the election in the states you ventured to!!! Keep dreaming!!

    Mittens is a MESS!! For 5 days he drove a bus around towns in different states that favored him and he now feels he would WIN in November! PahLeeeezzzzeee!! He did not visit MY STATE or MY TOWN!

    And CNN – is this MITTens Day???? Isn't President Obama still our president???

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 16, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Pennsylvania isn't one of the "red states' occupied by bigoted, under-educated, right-wing radicals. Those folks have the ability to examine issues without the brainwashing provided by Fox News. They will be able to understand the obstructionism of the Republican Congress and the challenges faced by President Obama in trying to sort out the mess left behind by the Bush-Cheney debacle.

    June 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. BrianPatronie

    Romney definitely needs to come back to Pa. and Ohio at least 3-4 times more before the election.
    Both states are definitely in play.
    People here are getting sick and tired of the pandering lies from the WH.

    June 16, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Romney will lose PA.

    June 16, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. SafeJourney

    lol, think again Robmey

    June 16, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Namesicktodeathofrepantics

    Well, i live in Pa and i wouldn't vote for romney if they threatened to cut my fingers off. He's a cornball in cornwall....what record does the GOP have to run on?

    June 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. enuff

    Did Nancy Reagan's psychic tell him this? Or is it pure speculation and crossing his fingers?

    June 16, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. CRAIG

    How can those being polled think Romney can better handle the economy than Obama? Romney doesn't have a plan for the economy & he only offers superficial one-liners such as "I can create jobs," "I can read a balance sheet," or "I have business experience" and so on. He has no plan!

    June 16, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  16. dlh

    Of course Mitt will win pen, because they will cheat and still the votes like they are planning to do in other states that have tea party govornors.

    June 16, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $250 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 16, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. sayer

    In your dreams, prep boy!

    June 17, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. Thomas

    "We have a duty to make Gov. Romney believe that he can win Pennsylvania," Gerlach said.

    That's funny..

    June 17, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. King

    romney you might be counting your chicken before the eggs hatch. Pennsylvania have seen a resurgence of manufacturing jobs ever since this president took power, a feit they never thought possible u

    June 17, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  21. Thomas

    Pennsylvania loves the commitment of Military service the Romney family has given to there country.

    June 17, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  22. Mark

    Why is there not ONE story about Ron Paul winning Iowa??????

    June 17, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  23. Doug from Seattle

    Let's face it! If the republicans take control they will pass the same jobs bills that President Obama has been proposing. But, instead of raising taxes on the rich to pay for them; they will begin to dismantle social security, medicare, and medicaid to cover the cost.

    To cover cutting taxes further for the rich, the republicans will "broaden the tax base" by raising federal income taxes on those of us who can least afford them; further stifling economic demand.

    You would think that after 30 years of "trickle down economics" people would begin to realize that the so-called job creators aren't going to pass on higher profits to their employees in the form of higher wages if they don't have to. Which is why we have a progressive tax system in this country! Because if they will not pay us a living wage (i.e, enough to invest in a retirement plan and buy our own health insurance), then the government should make them pay higher taxes to pay for social security and health care!

    June 17, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  24. ugogirl

    Romney will never win Penn State because we don't need a CEO executive for President that will wipe the middle class off the face of the earth. We will see you at the polls Mitt loser

    June 17, 2012 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    With the republican governor's suppress the vote effort, anything is possible. The GOP is desperate to drive America to a deep depression, so those with money can buy up the parts of our country at discount prices.

    June 17, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
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