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. JD

    You can visit anywhere, doesn't mean you're welcome! We don't need flip floppers trying to fill their plate and leave everyone elses empty. Take your fancy horse that looses like you will and stay in MA!

    November 2, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  2. bobby frank

    Robmey has alot more to worry about than PA. It doesn't strike me as odd that they would do this cause most of what they say and do makes no sense. He reminds me so much of Mr Bean!

    November 2, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. DLRSC

    Romney's team knows better than anyone that the winning bet is with Obama, even if Romney takes Florida, he's set to lose this election. The truth is that the economy's improved under the Obama administration, whether or not you are an Obama supporter. Will it continue to improve no matter who is elected? Most likely, the question is how will it improve and which industries and class segments will benefit.

    November 2, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. Steve

    May God`s chosen one rein.Wishing u the best n peaceful compaign.

    November 2, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  5. NFL1

    Just seeing Romney with George Allen turns my stomach...how can Virginia forget Allen's racist reality?

    November 2, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  6. Joseph

    A surprise move from Romney would be to consistently tell the truth.

    November 2, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  7. Me

    The election is all but over. You can not insult so many diffrent segments of the electorate and hope to win. Mitty is only winning with white males. The popular vote may be close due to the red neck states voting very heavy for Mitty but the electorial collge could be a landslide for Obama. Obama just has many more paths to win then Mitty.

    November 2, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  8. joesalters

    When O'bama was elected I thought he might do well but instead hes' sold out to gays and atheists; if he is reelected things will get worse.

    November 2, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  9. joesalters

    O'bama has sold our country out to gays and athesists, I hope he is defeated.

    November 2, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  10. jordans

    He has to try to win some state other than the flat earthers in the midwest.

    November 2, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  11. Kevin

    "...The Obama campaign immediately scoffed at Romney's Pennsylvania trip..." What is the source of this arrogance? Does 3 1/2 years in the White House corrupt people so much? (Leftie Bloggers: Save us all a lot of time with your dribble about how wonderful Obama is and how awful Romney is. I'm pointing out that the reaction is arrogant, something that cannot be denied.)

    November 2, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  12. Paul

    Every time romney opens his mouth a surprise is sure to follow.

    November 2, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  13. mike

    why do conservatives hate Chicago so much? best steaks in the country

    November 2, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  14. Al

    Mr. President, YOUR FIRED!

    November 2, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  15. NSHSDad

    Fake to the left....

    November 2, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  16. Pat

    We've all seen this in pro-football. It's the fourth quarter; under two minutes; six points behind; got the ball....What does the quarter back do?
    Spread out the defense and try a hail mary to the end zone. So Mitt, with endless resources, is all over the maptrying to find a weakness in Obma's reelection, and diffuse Obbama's more meager resources. Will this hail Mitt work? Not on your life, buddy. President Obama wins running away!!!! Hooray!!!!

    November 2, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  17. Jim

    Don't fall for it, CNN. ... the purpose of Romney's "suprise move" is to generate speculation ........ highly unlikely PA is closer than 3-4 points (Obama/Biden). Team Romney is likely trying hard to make something move in the polls; Obama's "firewall" is holding (Ohio/Iowa/Wisconsin/Nevada)

    November 2, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Wow so talking to voters in a state your behind by 4 percentage points in is an "act of desperation" Makes you wonder which side is desperate.

    November 2, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  19. JJ

    Good luck, Myth. We know you're desperate. Fear is good. LOL

    November 2, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  20. USMCJock

    I have to laugh. The republicans realize that they are not going to win Ohio, so they, themselves, freaked out and are going after Pennsylvania. This in nothing more than a "head fake" by Romney because fresh new polls that came out last night and this morning, have him losing in so many swing states now, that this is getting embarrassing. Anybody who sees this move for anything more than a desperate attempt by Romney, is kidding themselves. Intrade now has increased their prediction that Obama will win another term. He was at 62.1. Then 63.5 and today, he is at 66.4. They are also betting he'll win Ohio and Iowa. Right now, they have Obama at 281 to Romney 235.

    "Mr. Obama is not a sure thing, by any means. It is a close race. His chances of holding onto his Electoral College lead and converting it into another term are equivalent to the chances of an N.F.L. team winning when it leads by a field goal with three minutes left to play in the fourth quarter. There are plenty of things that could go wrong, and sometimes they will.

    But it turns out that an N.F.L. team that leads by a field goal with three minutes left to go winds up winning the game 79 percent of the time. Those were Mr. Obama’s chances in the FiveThirtyEight forecast as of Wednesday: 79 percent.
    Ohio remains the tipping-point state in the forecast, the one that puts him over the top to 270 electoral votes. There, Mr. Obama leads by 2.6 percentage points, which should convert to a victory about 80 percent of the time given the historical accuracy of polls at this late stage of the race.' -Silver

    November 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  21. arepublican

    Romney's campaign is based on the notion that because of what he did running investment firm Bain Capital, he understands the economy. So it's perfectly reasonable to examine what his experience at Bain really taught him. After all, Bain wasn't in the business of creating jobs; it was in the business of making money.
    Don't fall for the strategists and billionaires running the puppets Romney/Ryan. I am a Republican voting for Obama.

    November 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  22. Machine

    The math is against Willard.It will be nice to see the looks on Republicans face when Obama wins.Well,they already know it,and aren't honest enought to admit it.They now get to bask in 4 more years of Obma land,I love it.It's about time that America moves foward,instead of this behind the times bigot Republican way lol.Most sane women,like to chose whats best for their body,and Gays like the choice to get married or not.Down with the bigots and open up the new age,GOD Bless America.

    November 2, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  23. Mike

    Good luck with that...this state is sandwiched by those who rely on the govt...lets see how they do over the next 4 years when the realities of sequestration set in and this administration, if retained, fails to act...

    November 2, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  24. Daniel Hoffman

    Romney mocked the notion of global warming at the Convention. He's just keeping his energy investments higher at the human race's expense. Pennsylvanians are waking up to this as they dry out and clean up all the downed trees.

    November 2, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  25. eddieb

    go back home Romney the bigest fake ever to run for prez.

    November 2, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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