Romney tries to put PA in play
November 1st, 2012
06:37 PM ET
6 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. plain&simple

    Hurry up Tuesday,tired of hearing BS......ya think Romney will be a gracious winner? What world does he live in,I can't see any sane ,educated people voting for this man thinking he can change history. We are recovering from the worst economy in more than fifty years and Romney will ruin that!!!

    November 2, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  2. Bat

    i could only imagine that some last minute Romney exposure would scare up some Republicans from their hidey-holes.

    November 2, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  3. KO

    He knows the electoral math isn't working for him. I'm glad to see him putting resources in PA, a state he can't win.

    November 2, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  4. republicans and democrats are pathetic

    And again the dems have an edge over repukes.

    November 2, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  5. bam

    oh hurry up elections so mittens can go away

    November 2, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. Belseth

    An act of desperation. More than anything I've heard to date it proves Romney is loosing. The fact he's desperate enough to go after states he's clearly loosing in proves he has little chance of winning days before the election. He would have been better off sticking by his guns than rather playing to the middle out of desperation. The middle doesn't believe he's sincere and the radical right is loosing faith. Finally a ray of hope this country might survive this election. Now we have to survive the 2016 attempt to destroy what 200+ years has seeked to build!

    November 2, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  7. redbaron120288

    the election is over. romney has lost. plain and simple.

    November 2, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  8. UVikingsLost

    PREDICTION: President Obama will win re-election on November 6.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 2, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. Voice of Sanity

    I just attended an economics conference and all signs point to deep recessions if Obama is re-elected. Mark my words, job cuts, higher unemployment rates, stock prices crashing, and hiring freezes till at least 2014. The market is efficient and it does well immediately following the election of a fiscally conservative president, and poor when a non-fiscally conservative is elected. Remember the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009? Do you really want that all over again?

    November 2, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Name chris nnadede

    Typical of a drowning person - must clutch anything on his way. Romney is down and down and drowning

    November 2, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  11. Harley Leiber

    when will the mittiocy stop?

    November 2, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. Maxim

    Ridiculous, Pennsylvania hasn't voted Republican since 1988. And both Bushes, father and son were superior statesmen compared to Romney. Obama has a better chance of flipping Texas blue than Romney has of flipping Pennsylvania red.

    November 2, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  13. SkepticalOne

    Don't waste your time Mr. Romney. Just start working on that concession speech.

    November 2, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  14. Andy

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

    And Bob Jones predicted that Obama would win the traditionally-Democrat and totally patriotic state of Pennsylvania, in a landslide.

    November 2, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  15. Michael

    Romney is sccrewed now. I wonder WHAT he was thinking?!?!?

    November 2, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  16. Willard Romney

    Vote for me! So I can ship your job to China.

    November 2, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  17. simplefaith

    Mitt Romney there are people suffering from Hurricane Sandy Please give America a break and go away. You are an unethical man and America does not want or need a fake insincere corporate raider as President.

    November 2, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  18. Buffoid

    A desparation move, similar to that of Robert E Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania in 1863. Remember how that turned out.

    November 2, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  19. Anonymous

    If I were american i would be so sick of seeing ads and listening to politicians bashing eachother. It's indecent, especially if i was living in the states hit by the hurricaine.

    November 2, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. Travis Daniels

    keep it going for obama we need him badd he's are only hope.and i am voting we need everyone to vote

    November 2, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  21. Joke

    This a surprise move by Romney. It means that he is hedging against Colorado or he has given up on Florida. Ohio is still a toss-up, so Penn. could be the spoiler in all this.

    November 2, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  22. tony

    This is ridiculous, he trying to grab a state that will never support him. He truly is desperate!!!

    November 2, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  23. Scott

    Romney sinking fast... that's what happens when everything you have to say is a lie.

    November 2, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  24. mary derricotte

    Don't matter what he does not fit for presidency.

    November 2, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  25. Lisa

    Sorry Mitt, it's not going to happen! Nice try though.

    November 2, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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