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. colt45

    The good people of Pennsyvania need to know that Romney cut the funding for tachers, policemen and firefighters in Massachusetts when he was Governor. He only has an agenda to cut, cut, cut. And never in a cooperative bipartisan mode. He tried to run the state like a bully CEO. The legislature reversed his too numerous to count vetoes to fund services with the cooperation of both Republicans and Democrats. No one was sorry to see him go.

    November 2, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  2. Crambone Jones

    What are the candidates saying about the Libor scandal?

    November 2, 2012 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  3. jim atmad

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

    It's funny how Republicans love to make up a completely imaginary reality, then get all excited about what they've made up.

    November 2, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  4. julianbook

    We cannot have a draft-dodger as leader of the free world when we are fighting wars. We cannot have a Wall Streeter in the White House when they have proved that their recklessness and greed will destroy the economy. We cannot have a President who has to deal with a diverse world when he cannot even relate to average Americans. Romney is an absurdity beyond human comprehension.

    November 2, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  5. kj. de wolff

    Sandy was a relief from all the campaign coverage and negative adverts. Why couldn't all the big spenders use their money to better use Those billions could improve our schools, train people to take care of themselves, and why can't we shorten the campaigning time to three weeks like Europe.The politicans should concentrate on getting this country working and less on the elections.trapsing around the countrside holding rallies is stupid and a waste of everyones time and money.

    November 2, 2012 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  6. toni

    i'm still trying to figure out how mitt made it this far.

    November 2, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  7. Aliwisious Davendander III

    Uh-oh! Do I smell desperation from the "rapsits babies are a gift from god" party? I wonder what Mitt will be flip-flopping on this time? Maybe he'll tell us he's actually a woman...

    November 2, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  8. Chris

    It seems the Romney campaign is counting on the strategy that looking like a winner will help you win. They claim they are "expanding the map" by trying to compete in states they have little to no chance of winning. They also don't need to win these states in order to reach 270 electoral votes. My theory is that this approach has two goals: 1. Goad the Obama campaign into wasting resources in safe states. 2. Display the appearance of a strong campaign on the rise, which should empower the base and potentially increase turnout. (Your supporters are less likely to put forth additional efforts on your behalf if they predict you will lose.)

    November 2, 2012 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  9. joe

    God bless America, and God bless Mitt Romney

    November 2, 2012 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  10. IAMDRRAHUL

    He is making wrong move... this would be very counterproductive.... He is not going to win pennsylvania by putting ads this late in the game. Concentrate on ohio , virginia, colorado,iowa, because i think he will win florida and N.C.. If he loses ohio or colorado or virginia... game over for romney. He is going to win the popular vote.

    November 2, 2012 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  11. NameJulie

    Instead of spending all the big $$$ campaigning these last few days, I would be impressed if you rolled up your sleeves and helped the people Sandy hurt. Now that would be showing you really care.

    November 2, 2012 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  12. sbreez

    romney team also plans on visiting mars and kolob – clearly meaning they are in play as well.

    November 2, 2012 04:33 am at 4:33 am |
  13. daniel

    democrats are loosing focus

    November 2, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  14. daniel

    it's a plan less reasoning thereby 'astray they go'

    November 2, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  15. Victoria

    The headline is wrong. Romney isn't "trying" to put PA in play. it IS in play,

    November 2, 2012 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  16. Old Scratch

    A president who cannot possibly win reelection faces the only nimrod on the planet who cannot possibly defeat him. No matter who wins the whole country loses.

    November 2, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  17. Steve

    I can't wait for this to be over.

    November 2, 2012 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  18. j0eschm0e

    Romney 2012... obama you're FIRED

    November 2, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  19. Terry

    I'm a PA registered Dem who voted BO last election. This time I'm voting Romney because BO has not been the man I thought he was. He doesn't stand up for either America or this Countries best interests.

    November 2, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  20. Doug

    He said what on Fox news.. Can we care about this why ? So here is my take, if you are not rich, if you are female, if you are gay, if you are black, if you are in the military, if you retired, if you are handicapped, then all of you better vote for Obama because Romney thinks you are nasty.. His words not mine !!!!!

    November 2, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  21. Ima Mused

    How stupid is it to realize that there are other states than Ohio three days before the election.... Mittens, go buy yourself some more hurrican relief supplies....

    November 2, 2012 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  22. ManTex

    The political equivalent to a "hail Mary" pass.

    November 2, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  23. Expat

    I hope PA is not up for sale.

    November 2, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  24. Jim

    Do you believe everything you hear CNN.

    November 2, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  25. Edward

    Mitt doesn't have a chance

    November 2, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
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