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.
How on earth is this considered surprising when every Republican candidate that I've seen has always made a play for Pennsylvania late in the game? Fact is, if Romney can't win Ohio, I don't see how he can prevail in Pennsylvania, especially if Obama can get strong turnout from Philadelphia?
Mitt will crush the Traitor in Chief!
Victory comes in November!
Treason trials begin in January!
please vote for obama
this person named romney should be named puppet romney and boy will the banks and all the rest of them be happy if he wins. at least bush had balls. romney is a bought puppet
Anyone else sick of hearing the respective campaign staffs fire ridiculous child-like insults at one another through press releases?
Bwahahahahaaaa! By Wednesday we can stop hearing about these two... tick... tick... tick...
Desperate and sad, harkening back to the romney campaign of 1 month ago.
Robme is really desperate. He will say and do anything to win! Lie lie lie that's all the GOP does.
Come on American, don't hire whoever will make more debt for our country, will hiring someone afraid of debt.
Desperate move Mittens. He knows he's losing in Ohio.
Romney's only doing this because he hasn't been able to move the needle in Ohio.
He's betting his election on a state his party hasn't won since 1988, and another one it hasn't won since 1972.
Does he really think Obama is less popular in those states than Kerry, Gore, or Mike Dukakis?
I'm not saying Romney's definitely going to lose the election, but that's desperation stuff, right there.
Desperate men do desperate things.
Romney will use the same economic plan that caused the recession. Obama has turned things around and needs another four years to finish the job. Romney will put us right back where we were at the end of Bush's term.
Waste of Time ! Romney is desperate now ! He knows he is losing ground and won't be able to get the electoral votes needed ! He is only going there because he is out of options !
Probably because his flat out lie about Jeep might have just cost him Ohio and the election. I doubt a stump in Philly a few days before the election would truly put the state in play, but who knows. Looks like a desperation move to me.
Pres.Bush is on Cayman Islands instead of being next to Romney. But Bush and Romney need to make sure their accounts are getting larger. How can we trust Romney when he is the same as Bush who took Clinton's surplus and ruined it. They don't care about you or your family so why should you care about the? VOTE OBAMA
Is Pennsylvania part of the 47%?
Maybe Obama should put Texas in play... poor guy he is so out of touch with reality.
headline should read: with five days to go, Mitt Romney wastes his time.
"Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Romney surrogate, predicted the GOP nominee would win the state in an interview on Fox News Thursday."
A Republican, on the Republican propaganda network, predicting a Republican win. Shocking!
When I saw Biden puke continually onstage in front of millions and millions of people, and I had never seen this man speak except for a couple of blurbs, I realized something very disturbing, as I thought he came across as a wildly exotic drunk...or alcoholic roaring along I should say, and what i realized is," WHAT IF THAT MAN BECAME PRESIDENT?"
I don't need any other reason except this to vote out Obama's regime. Obama might be really bad for the economy, and yea, he has done a couple of good things, but he's for selling out Americans to stay in office-but Biden?
Biden is an unacceptable replacement ,seems unbelievably bipolar or seriously off his rocker...mostly all three. I liked Clinton. I don't think Obama's real direction is out of love for Americans. I think Biden is too sick to serve. Romney can't wait to solve our math problems...we need the computer brain....We need Romney.
Sounds like they're giving up on Ohio, getting desperate. Why would Ohioans and Virginians vote for a former governor who left office with a 60% disapproval rating and is getting beaten by a 2-to-1 margin IN HIS HOME STATE?
So did McCain. We all know how that worked out for him. It will be a same for Romney
After Tuesday, will Manic Romney have a crisis? Gee, I hope so.
Must be time for the Hail Mary!