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. Iamnotfooled

    Vouchers for Medicare
    Privatizes Social Security
    Repeal Obamacare
    FEMA by the States
    Deregulation of Wall Street
    More Wars
    More tax cuts for the rich
    More outsourcing America's Jobs
    Someone who keeps his money in foreign bank accounts


    November 1, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. BinaryTooth

    PA has always been in play. The media and liberal pollsters have try to convince American otherwise, but now they can't hide Obama's failures much longer.

    November 1, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Dee

    Romney proclaim to be so religious and he is blatanly lying about the President I have never seen anything like it he is so desperate to be the President that he will do and say anything.

    Where are his values he wants to turn the US into a buisness the Superstorm he could not handle he would have the states and his private buisnesses handle it so he could make a profit.

    This is what he is about and the people can't see it God forbid if he wins and his rich donors will tell him what to do as Grover Norquist says all we need him to do is put his signature on things.

    November 1, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Jack

    Florida for Romney !

    November 1, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Linda

    Yeah, like Mr. Romeny cares about the people in the USA. Have you heard him pledge any money or support to the Sandy storm victims? No, he is only interested in himself. Zero leadership from another GOP candidate.

    November 1, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. AlexvonOrm

    the guy is desperate...

    November 1, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. tony

    Republicans: old white cynical people; under educated white men; rich white people. Democrats: the rest of us. vote obama 2012

    November 1, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. mlb

    Mitt Romney lost any further consideration from me when he lied over and over and over and over, waaayyy too convincingly, someone who lies that easily and well I believe is mentally not well and certainly without the character and trust we want in a president

    November 1, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. guslv

    Sure will be nice when this election is over so we don't have to listen to any more of either sides lies for awhile! Politicians = yuk!

    November 1, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. cgire

    Which modern societies have succeeded without compromise of any kind? The Republican Party seems focused on turning American into just such a society.

    So, yes, this election matters.

    If you're not voting, you are leaving this critical decision to others. You're letting your neighbor vote for you. You're letting your grandpa vote for you. You're letting your ex-boyfriend vote for you. You're letting your crazy Uncle Charlie vote for you.

    And think about it – who benefits if they can keep you from voting?

    I'm not letting that happen with my vote.

    November 1, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. PBTexas

    I have a question for all know alls. As I understand, George Romney, Mitt's dad, was born in Mexico. How is that no one raised an issue when he was running for Republican Nomination for Presidency. Just wondering.

    November 1, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Oy

    Pack it in, Rmoney. You're done.

    November 1, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. yup!

    you can smell the GOP's desperation in the air ! ! ! sorry losers, I'm calling it today...You lost the election!

    November 1, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Bob

    I don't expect Romney to win, because Americans are stupid, but a President Romney would be so much better for this nation than a second term with Obama.

    November 1, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. John

    I think he's hoping that enough people in eastern PA won't have power to suppress voting in the areas with the most support for Obama, and put PA in play. Since the power outages in the Philly area are more in the suburbs than in the city, this probably won't work.

    November 1, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. samundha

    The combination of both Romney and Ryen is like Katrina and Sandy together rolled into one, but alot scarier then the real hurricanes

    November 1, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Romney should have dressed as a keystone cop for halloween .

    Good luck with the GW Bush of a different time speel !
    Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Romney surrogate, predicted the GOP nominee would win the state in an interview on Fox News Thursday.
    Former US homeland security chief Tom Ridge charges in a new book that top aides to then-president George W. Bush pressured him to raise the "terror alert" level to sway the November 2004 US election.

    Then defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and attorney general John Ashcroft pushed him to elevate the color-coded threat level,.
    Haven't we had enough of these people with no spine or conscious ?

    November 1, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. Facts don't Lie

    Sorry Mitt but after the judge ruled against the new voter laws your buddies were trying to pass there PA now looks like a bit of a stretch.

    November 1, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Thaddius

    How do you tell when Romney is lying?...

    November 1, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. QueenofQueen

    Please stay away from Michigan. We are fired up and ready to vote for President OBAMA. He saved the automobile co0poration. Do you remember let Detroit fail. Now you need us and we have not forgotten.

    November 1, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. refugeek

    Act of desperation? Political crouch? This is MMA. Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota. Triangle choke. We'll see if it works. Definitely one of the most entertaining elections ever. Where's Dana White?

    November 1, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Gerry the K.

    It is sad that the poor and less fortunate believe that voting for obama is best for them, not realizing that he is the reason they are in that situation. Please smarten up, staying on welfare shouldn't be a choice. Vote Smart. Vote Romney/Ryan and get your life back on track!!

    November 1, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. Patricksday

    Poor Romney, he wants this job so bad, but he is all over the board on what he is for and against, how can we have a CEO Leader who will do and say anything to get elected? He says he is against a womans right to choose, so he has won over the Religious Holier than Thou crowd, but in the mean time he represents everything the church teaches us about Evil. GREED, SELFISHNESS, MATERIALISM and building ones own Kingdom here on Earth. A mortal human cant create a Soul, and they cant destroy a Soul either, only God can do that, not even an Abortion Doctor can destroy a Soul. So the church teaches.

    November 1, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Bye Mitt.

    November 1, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. KC Yankee

    Governor Romney is toast. He knows it and is just going through the motions before he limps off the stage.

    November 1, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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