September 28th, 2012
12:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney anticipates winning a state that would ‘shock people’

Philadelphia (CNN) - Mitt Romney on Friday opened a Philadelphia fund-raiser by saying a Romney win in the battleground state of Pennsylvania would amount to a surprising defeat.

"You know we really would shock people if early in the evening of Nov. 6 it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way,” Romney said at the Union League Club. “That could happen. That could happen."

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But by the end of the event, Romney was riding high on the idea and predicted he would pull a victory, despite being down in recent polls that measure support in the Keystone State

"I'm going to win Pennsylvania, and I'm going to become the next president of the United States," the Republican presidential nominee said definitively at a fund-raiser, urging the crowd to help get out the vote.

Along with the fund-raiser, former Massachusetts governor held a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, where he focused his comments on defense spending and reiterated his expectation to win the state.

“The Obama campaign thinks that Pennsylvania is in their pocket and they don’t need to worry about it,” he said, as the crowd began to boo. “You’re right, and they’re wrong. We’re going to win Pennsylvania, we’re going to take the White House.”

While Romney hopes to capture the state and its 20 electoral votes, CNN's Poll of Polls indicates President Barack Obama has a 10-point advantage over Romney in Pennsylvania, 51% to 41%. The Poll of Polls averages five Pennsylvania polls of likely voters in the last two and a half weeks.

CNN's Electoral Map rates the state as leaning towards Obama. The president carried Pennsylvania in 2008 by 10.3%.

Along with the fund-raiser, former Massachusetts governor held a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, where he focused his comments on defense spending. Later Friday he heads to Boston for an evening event with running mate Paul Ryan.

Romney surprised some political observers by appearing in the state Friday, rather than stopping in more competitive states. Romney's last visit to the state was on July 17, with Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, last stumping in Pennsylvania on August 21.

The nominee, like Obama, spent time in Ohio and Virginia in the last few days–two states considered highly competitive this November.

– CNN’s Ashley Killough, Rachel Streitfeld and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania
soundoff (414 Responses)
  1. Derek

    Kind of like Bush's "surprise" states - Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. Who ever said $ couldn't buy votes?

    September 29, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Victor

    The problem with mainstream media presidential polls is the congressional race polling prediction which almost all points to a Republican Majority in the house. I have looked at some raw turnout models for several districts, and the voter turnout models they are using mirror more closely to 2010. If we are to use the models that the presidential polls are using, then we would get a prediction of a democratic tsunami in the house, and make the pollsters look incredibly foolish. So what model is it??? Do not tell me that democrats are going to turn up and not bother to complete the ballot and just fill out the presidential section. Its a pity that true journalists do not exist anymore and its all propaganda. No wonder they are all going out of business and are increasingly dependent on patronage

    September 29, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. LondonInNY

    Mitt Romney has the aura of an International Financial Racketeer, the stench of Bernie Madoff, the swagger of American Psycho Patrick Bateman, the soul of the Invisible Man, the financial precision of Enron's Ken Lay and the candor, style and transparency of Madoff 'beneficiary' Philanthropic Gangster Jeffrey Picower (who was found swimming upside down in his Palm Beach swimming pool after the Feds discovered he took nearly $8 Billion out of the Madoff Ponzi Scheme). Yet the GOP made this man the chosen one for this election cycle and some of America's most affluent people lined up to throw money at his campaign. The symbolism in almost every move of the Romney/Ryan Campaign has looked to be a grave deception which ultimately poses a threat to the American people. On the heels of Enron, the Financial Crisis of 2008 and the revelation of massive financial fraud and wrong doing, a time when Americans seek greater transparency, candor and earnestness from their leaders, the GOP brought forth a man who is a really bad caricature of vanity, excess and greed.

    The veil of secrecy surrounding the Mormon Pinocchio's financial, religious and business affairs illustrates a deeply clandestine and Nixonian manner. Sure Romney may be innocent of any criminal activity, but I am pretty sure that if this was the 1980's, U.S. Attorney Rudy Guiliani would have indicted Mitt Romney for Tax Fraud, RICO Act violations and subjected his conduct to scrutiny under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by now. Only Mitt Romney knows whether he is a simple Pinocchio, a Charles Ponzi, a Mini Mormon Madoff or perhaps a Benedict Arnold.

    If Mitt Romney has nothing to fear by disclosure then why has he hid assets in secret off-shore accounts, employed every financial trick on the book to pay the lowest tax rates and avoid taxes entirely and refused to subject his tax returns to public scrutiny? Furthermore, why has Mitt Romney made himself virtually "Judgment Proof" hiding the wealth he extracted from America's Industrial heartland and worker pension assets, in secret off shore accounts in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland? To shield their attachment from Clawback suits? Mitt Romney is the GOP's Enron Candidate. Mitt Romney is the Mormon Madoff. That is what this former Registered Republican sees in Mitt Romney; the quintessential American Fraudster.

    September 29, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. LondonInNY

    The Quaker State will turn away the most patently fraudulent, deeply hollow, deceptive con-artist to ever seek the Presidency. The Carpet bagging fraudster will not even win one of his home states. More than 65% of voters in Massachusetts will NOT vote for their former Governor, Mitt Romney. Michigan his birthplace will not be in the Romney column on election night nor will California or New Hampshire. The Mormon Madoff will carry Utah only.

    September 29, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. ester anderson

    Any State that Romney wins will shock people, He has written off 47% of the American people and I'm sure no one in their right mind will vote for him, Obama has got my vote come Nov 6th and it doesn't really matter who wins the debates he has sunk his own ship

    September 29, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Old Fogey

    Obama may indeed win, and if he does, it is proof to me that we have passed the tipping point in this country, the point where people place their own wants ahead of what is best for this country. We can't continue to spend 40% more than we take in in taxes, and when the rent comes due, the riots in this country will make those in Greece and Spain look like a walk in the park. And Obama could tax the 1% at 100% and still not satisfy the needy/greedy or correct the economic mess this country is in.

    September 29, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Galactic Cannibal

    Response to: doug
    Hey dude , didn't you know, that democrats are all stupid and evil and care nothing about the U.S. They are not Americans they are all red Indians and hate America.
    Yep dude you are one of those very intelligent Republicans who know all about democrats and their evil ways..

    September 29, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Sodapophead

    Mitt the twit is delusional. The fact that he will win any state is sad, the people of those states must hate women, the elderly, gays, lesbians and minorities.

    September 29, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Pat

    Romney thinks, or maybe he knows, the "fix" is in for PA so he's confident that the election in that state will be stolen.

    September 29, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. doug

    Romney doesn't see every American who is not voting for him as the enemy who needs to be punished. That is what Obama said on Univision in 2010, every American, just for not voting Democrat, is Obama's enemy and he wants to use a second term to punish them.

    Democrats words and actions show that this punishment at the very least is to take away our rights and freedoms, but it will probably be much worse. Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Obama has an ideology very similar to them, leftist extremists are known for silencing their opposition by any means, there is no line to cross for the Democrat.

    September 29, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Heywood_Jablowme

    "You know we really would shock people if early in the evening of Nov. 6 it looked like Pennsylvania was going to come our way and actually did come our way,” Romney said at the Union League Club. “That could happen. That could happen."
    ________

    "And if me grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon."

    -Montgomery Scott

    September 29, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Arnold

    You can stick a fork in Robme, he's done.

    September 29, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Chronicle236

    I'm an independent voter in Washington state. Both candidates say and do things that impress me – and both candidates say and do things that scare me. So, my vote will be out until after the last of the four debates. The debates will give both sides ample opportunity to make important points (or important gaffes).

    September 29, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. pinochled

    Israel's prime minister Netanyahu complemented Obama on the terrific job he's done forming an international coalition to isolate and punish Iran. So, Romney's criticism of Obama's Iran policy is baseless. Really, Romney's resume is devoid of foreign policy experience and whenever he's ventured to open his mouth on the issue, he's bumbled it.

    September 29, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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