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. pntkl

    So much for resting on the revised Shabbat.

    November 2, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  2. debra minor

    win ohama

    November 2, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  3. ShingoEX

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

    This is the same campaign that whined about attack ads. Good God how petty can you get?

    November 2, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  4. Me 3

    Romney is hoping that voter suppresion and dirty tricks and lies about Jeep moving to China will put PA in play. This guy is a disgraceful example of the human race. He will never be MY president. Has he been to NY or NJ? No, just a staged can good gathering photo op in Ohio with his lackeys buying $5000 of goods at the local WalMart in case no one showed up. How about taking some of his own precious millions out of the Cayman Islands to help out? I hope the voters in Florida think about Romney's wanting to privitise FEMA before they go into the voting booth. Next year it could be you again.

    November 2, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. Name gmbhadiza

    its possible for Romney to win the state. He is capable and this is well known.

    November 2, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  6. Dallas Gard

    Philadelphia has a history of racial conflict so it is no surprise that Romney would show up in Phildelphia. The question is, which dog whistle will Romney blow?

    November 2, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  7. Marvin Wayne Palmer, Jr

    Go Romneu!

    November 2, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  8. cliff

    Romney is desperate. That is the clear message here. He knows he lost Ohio, Wisc, Mich, Iowa, Nevada, NH and polls show dead heats in VA and FL. He needs a shocker and while the strategy is fine, what neutralizes it is the Fact Obama has just as much money to counter. With 4 days to go it would take a blockbuster event beyond Sandy to change the outcome. Or it would take all the polls being wrong or Rassmussen being right when 99% of the others point to a different outcome. A possibility.

    November 2, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  9. Paula

    It is all not for the citizens of the USA!!! I do trust this man......

    November 2, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |

    I can't wait for the ads to stop and for President Obama continue to lead and inspire! Go OBAMA!

    November 2, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  11. Dwight

    This is the say anything,do anything Mit trying one more desparate act t win this election. He is engaged in deliberate falsewood,and hostile conduct. It shock the concience.

    November 2, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  12. chemteck29

    Are you kidding me? Does Mitt and the FLIP FLOPS really think the Democrats and the American People are that dumb? Romney has got about as much chance of carrying P.A. as Donald Trump does and having a good hair day! It just isn't going to happen! Can you say desperation!!!!

    November 2, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  13. chemteck29

    Are you kidding me? Do Mitt Romney and the FLIP FLOPS really think the Dems and the American People are that stupid?Romney has about as much chance of carrying P.A. as Donald Trump has of having a good hair day!!! It just isn't going to happen!!!

    November 2, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  14. JT

    It seems like the Romney team are on offense. When was the last time the President attempted to pick up a non-swing state?

    November 2, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  15. skarphace

    If Romney thought he had a chance, he would be spending his resources in Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin as he cannot afford to lose any one of these three states. The mere fact that he is spending resources in states that are much less likely to go his way shows he is throwing in the towel.

    November 2, 2012 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  16. timz

    How can Romney not win Pennsylvania with the wildly popular Rick Santorum at his side?

    November 2, 2012 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  17. Andrew

    Romney is very scary! Anyone thinking of voting for this FOOL must not really care about people! Romney has been a flipflopper on many issues, and the lies just keep sputing out of his mouth all the time! Romney is not qualify to be President of the USA!

    November 2, 2012 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  18. Johan S

    A ploy to draw Obana away from the swing states. Plus the more the swing staters see of Romney the less likely they'll be to vote for him .. so he's better off hiding in Pennsylvania.

    November 2, 2012 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  19. Vyse83

    I think everyone should put there voting power into play and vote for the third party. As I see it, "other" is better then these two clowns.... JMO for what it's worth

    November 2, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  20. GunnerGA

    It's clear, the Romney math shows they cannot win Ohio and need to pull a rabbit out of the hat to win. So the only state that might have a chance to go Republican with enough electoral votes is Pennsylvania. That is the ONLY reason why they are there. Their internal polls show they cannot win with the current strategy and they need to open a new front and hope they can make an impact where polls currently show they will lose as well. Bye Bye Mitt... We hardly knew ya. Well, we knew ya so many different ways that we hardly knew who the real Mitt was. Anyway, Ba-bye. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

    November 2, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  21. Vyse83

    oh but I forgot, "Media" doesn't cover the "Other's" running for office, so I'm sure half the people going to the polls don't even know that they have a choice to vote for someone else.

    November 2, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  22. Funk

    See how much time he wasts NOT being the Prez.... imagine what he would do as prez ... China, China, China.

    Our potential first sell-out, Pathological Liar! next to Nixon of course.

    November 2, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |

    Why it is through that Obama can turnaround the economy of US for good but he makes the world around US to be more danga

    November 2, 2012 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  24. Mark

    The day Christopher J. Christie a Republican started supporting President Obama, the race for president was over for Romney.

    November 2, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  25. Karl Denton

    Republicans are delusional at best, that was more then obvious during this entire campaign. The endless flip flops and lies and reboots told the story of the Romney/Ryan efforts. What the GOP should really do is forget that Romney exists and look to Chris Christie in 2016 to save them.

    November 2, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
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