Romney tries to put PA in play
November 1st, 2012
06:37 PM ET
1 year 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. Zwei Stein

    How many undecided voters do they think are left?

    November 2, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  2. Dann DFW

    John McCain did the same thing four years ago and lost PA by 10 points. Given his battleground numbers and the tight national polls you have to create the illusion that momentum is still on your side.

    November 2, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  3. Vincent

    Mitt Romneys comments about doing away with federal disaster support is going to come back to haunt him the same as (or maybe worse than) his comments about letting the US car companies go bankrupt.

    Many people wont be thinking about how helpful it is to have a dedicated national response unit until its THEIR turn to need it. Is it perfect? nope. Is itbetter than nothing? yes.

    November 2, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  4. Gaffar,O.Hakeem(A Nigerian from Nigeria).

    I had thought that with the huge fund the Repulican Party put into this campaign & tours,the ratio would be R-60,D-40.

    November 2, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Bush (W) is in the Caymen's giving a lecture on how to "offshore" to "beat paying taxes" - quite the patriot, isn't he? NOT

    November 2, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  6. Joseph B

    Romney knows he has little chance at winning the election and is now taking a desparate attempt to fool voters that he has some sort of momentum going for him, something he lost by losing the last 2 debates.

    November 2, 2012 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The desperation of the unhinged GOBP tea potty. They are already blaming Christie.

    November 2, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  8. Fortinbras

    OOOOH!! Go to Oregon too! That way, you can add that to the states where you will come up a dollar or two short rather than six or seven dollars short!
    .No doubt Dean Chambers of the Examiner will soon shade Minnesota red in his bizarro electoral map.

    November 2, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  9. Orion

    Romney could show the people of penn. real job growth,unlike the little or no change,"Pennies on the dollar " the current leadership has demonstraighted.

    November 2, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  10. MJG

    Yes, just like Karl Rove put CA and HI in "play' for Bush. Does 2 hours in Philly really put PA in "play"?

    I think the story of the Romney campaign finally unfolding will be the Ohio Jeep and auto bankruptcy ads. People really are not that dumb and when they are being told blatant lies that are then defended over and over again by the candidate, people get it and don't like it.

    I guess they have to spend that Super Pac money somewhere. There are some people that are going to have to explain the Kochs and Shel where all those hundreds of millions went in a losing effort. If Obama wins, the Dems keep the Senate and make gains in the house...wow, I'd want a refund if I was writing those checks.

    November 2, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    I wonder why cnn NEVER talks about MA? How do they feel about Willard?

    November 2, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  12. craig

    Rmoney is just running out of places to spread his lies. He probably thinks the good folks of PA will be fooled, hopefully long enough to remember through Tuesday. Not gunna happen. Rmoney, we're all on to your lies...and we're really tired of hearing them...even the new ones.

    November 2, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  13. ray

    Mitt should travel to CHINA where he is really appreciated !!!

    November 2, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  14. Bill

    Its November 2 and if there is someone that truly doesn't know who they are voting for then I would like to meet them....

    November 2, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  15. Andrew Hyatt Masset

    Lets be clear...Mittens is trying desperatly to unhinge the Obama camp by stating PA is in play...this keeps The Obama camp out of OHIO where they need to win...it's a fake move and a 'loss leader'...cover both and Romney will lose both...

    November 2, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. guest

    not sure if this already posted but- Romney HAS to expand the map because he knows he has to run the table on all the swing states to even have a chance to win. While this is not impossible, it is highly unlikely given the consistent battleground state polls over the last 3 weeks. Although I certainly do NOT agree with everything that Obama has done, he earned my vote because Romney continues to change positions on very important issues (abortion, healthcare, FEMA etc.) time and time again. 4 days before the election and I still am wondering who Romney is.

    November 2, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  17. DT

    The reality of this is Romney probably would get all states if the main stream media would cover what happened in Benghazi. 4 americans can no longer vote. Their voices have been silenced forever while our white house watched all for political gain. I refuse to believe any true american would accept these actions. Proof, well it is overwhelming but because of politics it is being hidden. Ask yourself what if it was your brother, father, friend. Vote with your heart and vote for those who can not anymore. Honor our heroes

    November 2, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  18. Steve

    Flip Flop.

    November 2, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  19. crazeelegs

    Since Mitt knows he will lose Ohio, he is trying, in vain, to make up the difference somewhere. He has plenty of money to spend, so why not. Mitt & Co. know that the election is slipping away and that his once "mo' " is "no mo". President Obama is cruising to victory in the swing states in the mid-west. Va & Fla, once considered likely Mitt, are now showing differently. Va is now leaning Obama and Fla is now a tossup–with the president gaining in strength there. If Mitt loses both states, it will be really nasty for the Mitt. Good. Proceed Mr. President!

    November 2, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  20. KEVIN2121961

    Why is Romney getting this desperate? I thought he was tied with Obama and Ohio and Florida were the key states?

    November 2, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  21. voxx

    Why do Republicans try so hard to get in to do more damage or is it just a power thing.. I think its both..

    November 2, 2012 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  22. DRS

    Since 1992, PA has gone blue, and it will go blue again this year. especially considering how much support Obama has in PA. He should be securing votes in Ohio and Florida, where he has better chances.

    November 2, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  23. NameDoug

    We are proud of our president

    November 2, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  24. RunfortheHills

    I don't think Romney could ever win PA. There are too many nuveauriche yuppies on the main line that swing PA to the left. Obama's biggest problem in PA is that he's also a far-right fascist who has abandoned his commitments and promises. He promised the moon with a fence around it with respect to the environment, jobs, and help for the poor, and he bailed out on all of it.

    I'm voting for Jill Stein, because she really IS a liberal who will fight for a right to a job, and a living wage, and for our environment. If you're thinking of voting for Obama, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't throw away your vote on another "lesser of two evils" game the big party bosses have us locked into. Change the game by voting for the REAL liberal: Jill Stein.

    November 2, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  25. DLRSC

    Hasn't happened since 1992, won't happen in 2012.

    November 2, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
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