Romney tries to put PA in play
November 1st, 2012
06:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney tries to put PA in play

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN) –In a late campaign push to change the battleground map, Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania on Sunday in the hopes of capturing the traditionally Democratic-leaning state. A Romney campaign official confirmed to CNN the GOP nominee will stop in the Philadelphia area Sunday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania event falls into the Romney campaign's newly adopted strategy of expanding the battleground map in the final week of the race. Top strategists to the GOP nominee targeted Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota this week for potential gains, pointing to polls in the states that show Romney gaining on the President.

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A Franklin and Marshall College poll released Wednesday, for example, indicated President Obama Obama had a 49%-45% edge over his Republican opponent.

Romney's campaign began purchasing air time in the state this week–a move that was countered by Obama's team. The campaign also announced Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, will be traveling to Middletown, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The Obama campaign immediately scoffed at Romney's Pennsylvania trip as an "act of desperation."

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going all in Pennsylvania, following the lead of every Republican presidential candidate since 1992 who have made last ditch investments in the Keystone State. Not one of them carried the state," Obama campaign northeast regional press secretary Michael Czin said in a statement.

The Romney campaign instantly fired back, accusing the president's re-election advisers of reacting from a "defensive crouch."

"We are looking at an expanded map, while the Obama campaign is pouring resources into states that were supposed to be safe for them," a Romney campaign official said.

"I totally understand why Chicago is freaking out, but I just thought they'd be better at hiding it," the official added.

In the final days before the 2008 election, then GOP nominee John McCain and his running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made campaign stops in Pennsylvania with similar hopes but to no avail.

In a strategy memo, Romney campaign officials referred to recent comments made by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell who said Democrats could let down their guards in the state, opening up the possibility of a "startling upset."

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Romney surrogate, predicted the GOP nominee would win the state in an interview on Fox News Thursday.

Romney's upcoming visit to Pennsylvania was first reported by The Daily.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (487 Responses)
  1. Everton

    That's awesome. I hope he wins PA. That would be superb!!!

    November 1, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. realitybites

    Should read "Amidst increasingly dubious results for Romney in state polls, he makes desparate last ditch effort to knock a stone wall down w/ a muffin"

    November 1, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Ann Coulter is a blonde having a blonde experience

    Major Endorsements this week (for your consideration)
    Ticket #1 Bloomberg, The Economist, and Colin Powell have endorsed Obama.
    Ticket #2 Meatloaf and Lindsey Lohan have endorsed Romney. Obama/Biden2012 and forward.

    November 1, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  4. Trombonebiker

    Drop Dead, Romney! We don't want a liar. We don't want a Crazy. We don't want to be the 47%. We don't want another war. We don't want to give the rich more money. We don't want You!

    November 1, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. rex remes

    Here's what Romney should do ... he should make a speech and state the following:

    "Four years ago, President Obama said he could bring change. That he could improve things. That he would help the country prosper again. He said if he could not, then he deserved to be a one-term president. Well, four years have passed and he hasn't kept his promise and he's asking for four more years.

    So, here's my promise: I promise to help this country grow and prosper again. To make sure the right balance of policies are in place so business can succeed. I promise to work with Democrats, Republicans, Independents to get things done. To get things done that help all Americans ... from the people struggling to get an education or find a job ... to business owners and middle class families that want to see the light at the end of the tunnel that means times are getting better. My final promise is that if I don't help make America stronger than it is today, that I don't improve the economy ... I won't stand up and make excuses. If I don't succeed over the next four years, then I would respectfully step aside and not seek re-election.

    I hope everyone can see and understand that I love this country and I dream of a better America, a better future, that is better for everyone. God bless all of you and God bless America."

    November 1, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. IalreadyvotedforObama

    I don't care what he does. I already stood in line and voted early for President Obama. He won't win my racist state, but at least I voted for him and AGAINST Bush II, I mean Mitt.

    November 1, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. scrappy

    Desperation Move.

    November 1, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. Minn4Mitt

    Whoo-hoo! We're going to the rally with Paul Ryan in Minneapolis on Sunday!

    November 1, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. FHTEX

    Romney definitely has a chance of winning PA. Obama can win Philadelphia but he needs western PA as well and that part of the state is as white and elderly as any in the country. In addition, the unions that used to turn out votes for the Democrats there are in decline and the Marcellus shale drilling is changing the economic perspective. If Obama cannot win over the Philly suburbs, he's going down. Romney is smart and ubane and more appealing to the average Pennsylvanian than either McCain or Bush.

    November 1, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Jen T.

    I picture Romney in a fetal position sobbing after his loss and shaking his fist saying "curse you, 47%"

    Can't wait for the whole thing to be over for good or I'll.

    November 1, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Linda

    Like Romeny cares about this country and it's citizens. He just wants a government job with benefits for life. He's another freeloader who will say anything to be elected to office. He wants to continue his easy life with taxpayer money. How many millionaires in Congress are doing the same thing? Are you really voting for all these freeloaders?

    November 1, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Tim Atlanta GA

    Obama has failed the American people in "creating jobs" at 37%, the "economy" – 36%, and the "federal budget deficit" – 30%. It's not hard to see why many Americans feel this way... with unemployment above 8 percent for 42 months in a row now and annual deficits topping $1 trillion dollars. This poll also shows that the president's ratings on the economy are much worse than those of prior two-term presidents. President Obama's 36% approval on the economy compares to 46% for George W. Bush, 54% for Bill Clinton and 50% for Ronald Reagan.The bottom line here is millions of Americans continue to suffer under a weak economy, and if they don't get the sense that President Obama is improving their economic lives. Please remember no president has ever been reelected on such a bad record. He is worst than Jimmy Carter. He involvement in the government cover of Ambassador Stevens death in Benghazi should have him in hot water but I can't believe if Nixon got the ax on Watergate scandal why has Obama been given the OK pass on such a huge cover up?

    November 1, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  13. stan

    he knows hes losing. lol

    November 1, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  14. FHTEX

    Romney definitely has a chance of winning PA. Obama can win Philadelphia but he needs western PA as well and that part of the state is as white and elderly as any in the country. In addition, the unions that used to turn out votes for the Democrats there are in decline and the Marcellus shale drilling is changing the economic perspective. If Obama cannot win over the Philly suburbs, he's going down. Romney is smart and urbane and more appealing to the average Pennsylvanian than either McCain or Bush.

    November 1, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. nyjets011269

    Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Romney surrogate, predicted the GOP nominee would win the state in an interview on Fox News Thursday. What a shocking prediction.

    November 1, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. bob

    Desperation – Ohio is going for Obama. Romney should have never lied about Chrysler. I guess he didn't expect their CEO to come out and say he was lying.

    November 1, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Obama 2012-1016

    Mitt Bomney Liar in chief.inc...

    November 1, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. Won

    Mitt, you're loosing the war! EPIC FAIL!

    November 1, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. 351969

    Fat chance, the Draft/Tax evader and his lying pet weasel Eddie Munster are doomed.

    November 1, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  20. shill

    I bet Mr. Romney is a heck of a guy and could do some great things. Unfortunately I believe Obama is better fit to be a president. And if you took all the wasted votes of all the vile bigots, xenophobes, haters, birthers, zealots, and racists out of the election it would be no contest at all.

    November 1, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Praveen

    This is obviously a Hail Mary play by a trickster who thinks people will vote for the guy who acts like he is winning. Unfortunately, this play is nothing new and people tried to sell this many times before. Without fooling anybody unfortunately.

    November 1, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Polls Junkie

    Romney is going to have his hands full with Philadelphia...it's a well-known: Philly is a sad bastion of the Democratic Party along with all the liberal clichees that come with being such a place. But if Romney is able to talk some sense into Philadelphians, it will help the situation...
    ...either way, Romney is going to bump against a steep learning curve: Trying to make Democratic Pennsylvanians realize how badly the country is being served with Obama is going to be a challenge...
    ...

    November 1, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. JOHN

    Do it! This is the difference between the Barbarians vs. Christians. People who still hold to a creed outside of the individual, or cultural collective. Trying to find peace, genuine purpose, happiness without God... it really does not work. One still lies awake at night wondering why this empty feeling deep within. That, something is missing feeling, but I can't quite put my finger on it. This is a beacon... calling us home.... home to Him.

    November 1, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  24. JoJohns

    So basically, 0bama's already lost Ohio!

    Adrian Gray, who oversaw the Bush 2004 voter-contact operation and is now a policy analyst for a New York investment firm, makes the point that as of Tuesday, 530,813 Ohio Democrats had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot. That's down 181,275 from four years ago. But 448,357 Ohio Republicans had voted early or had requested or cast an absentee ballot, up 75,858 from the last presidential election.

    That 257,133-vote swing almost wipes out Mr. Obama's 2008 Ohio victory margin of 262,224. Since most observers expect Republicans to win Election Day turnout, these early vote numbers point toward a Romney victory in Ohio.

    November 1, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  25. Radgast

    Its his only chance of winning – is to turn a big states electoral to him because he doesnt have it within the standard battleground states. It is desperation.

    November 1, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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