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. Meki60

    Romney can win it, he only needs to tell people that he is for the working people and not the porch rockers with EBT cards.

    November 1, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. MikeyZ

    The beginning of the end, Mittens. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    November 1, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. jrt1098

    1) UNEMPLOYMENT at or above 8% like for ... EVAH !
    2) GAS prices, FOOD prices, my HEALTH CARE prices are going ... UP,UP,UP !
    3) Syria is a mess, Egypt is in control of the Muslim Brotherhood ... Lybia is a COVER UP
    4) There can be NO MORE debate about a "free and independent press" ... as the BLATANTLY LEFT WING media continues to aid the Presidents COVER UP of the debacle in BENGHAZI !!

    In a related story Candy Crowley did successfully dust the Romney pet carrier for paw prints !
    it's really kind of ...embarrassing !!!

    November 1, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. MP-Pennsylvania

    We are not stupid to fall for a flip-flopper. PA will take OBAMA for another 4 years. Actually pennsylvanians are tired of Gov.Corbett. A replica of Mitt. Cut education budget stating balancing budget.But gave tax creit for gas drilling companies more than they expected. By the way they funded his election. Mitt will do the same thing if he is elected.

    November 1, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Tom

    Oh brother. This strategy basically mirrors the entire Republican platform: ignore all reason and stick to your intuition – no matter how fallible your logic is.

    November 1, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Frank Montgomery

    Looks like grasping for straws to me.

    November 1, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. John

    A fools errand made by fools.

    November 1, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Real Issue

    Romney will take PA along with other blue states...no question about it.

    November 1, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. freedom

    Bold and confident. Romney/Ryan stand behind their call to serve this country to restored greatness. Why not share it with every state in the nation!

    November 1, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. Roberto

    Hurry up Mitt! Time's running out! I've got millions invested in you! If Obama is elected, I'm screwed! I can't afford to lose the interest that's accruing. He's going to go after these accounts I've got in...uh,...well...suffice it to say, my children are going to have to rely on Chef Boyardee! Oh my God, the awfullness of it all. I'll have to take my Cadillac SUV to a regular gas station to have it serviced. And my poor wife and her Mercedes. What can I say! She'll have to trade it in for a...Ford or a Chevrolet. UUUGGGGHHH! Oh my God! This is awful! We'll have to live on $20,000,000 for the rest of our...next five years. The taxes alone are going to kill us. We're talking 20% on my capital gains!! Or More!! Perhaps, 23%!!! HOW ARE WE GOING TO SURVIVE!!!!!???? Oh yes, sorry about those guys in New Jersey and New York. That's gotta be tough. I'm sending them a case of Milk Duds. God, those are so good!

    November 1, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Ravi

    Wow is he on something? Romney will capture PA once hell freezes over.

    November 1, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. oreo

    My bet ; the best Fascist wins.

    November 1, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. RETURNOFMITTBUSH2012

    WOW this guy is really just like G W Bush. I believe Bush did the same thing in California during his election lol

    November 1, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Chooch0253

    Waste of time. Romney is burnt toast. Done, finished, kaput.

    November 1, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. Patrick in Wisconsin

    If Mitt is relying on Penn to be his tipping point state, he is seriously delusional. He's behind in most swing states already, not to mention being behind by 4 points in Penn.

    November 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Wade

    Most people are too young to remember the Old Soviet Union. Today we have the same Animated Soviet Style Propaganda on the Liberal news networks and CNN as they play the role of the STATE RUN Media for Obama. The Liberal bias is so great that they compete to see who can be more liberal biased. It is almost too funny to watch but they are actually becoming a threat to the freedom in America and certainly the Fifth Estate which is supposed to be UN BIASED and fair while FOR THE PEOPLE holding GOV Responsible. They just give Obama a pass no matter how badly he messes up.

    November 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. No Magic Underpants

    Mittney is a snake. Anyway, Mr. Obama will win the election now since showing his true care and compassion to the people affected by the hurricane/super storm.

    November 1, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. nagrad

    Romney's trying to capitalize on the storm – the Eastern part of PA, near Philly, got hit (not nearly as bad as New Jersey or New York), so he's hoping he can drive turnout in the more rural red areas, while also benefiting from reduced turnout in blue districts closer to the coast.

    November 1, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Romney doesn't have a chance in heavily unionized and Democratic PA. We still remember the bad old days when Republicans ran the state and told you who to vote for. Philly and Pittsburghers have long memories.

    November 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. marie

    typical of republicans to try and distract the president when the nation is in crisis. cheap shot by the repubicans who care nothing abt the usa except getting their power back and hoarding all the money. romney asking ohioans for handouts to help the east coast when he could have written a BIG check himself but no he wants to drain the little people. lets see what did Jesus say....this little widow woman hath given more than ye all because she gave all she had.

    November 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Mark Taylor

    People called John Kerry a flip-flopper. If Kerry was a flip-flopper Mitt Romney is the freakin' IHOP of Presidential candidates.
    Say goodbye to your deductions middle class, including home mortgage deduction, if Romney gets elected. He won't raise taxes he says but he'll get rid of some deductions. Why aren't you Romney supporters asking him to be clear on this point. Say goodbye to Medicare too. Middle class people supporting this man who in one breath has called you leeches and in the next asks for your vote.

    November 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Hugh Mann

    Romney and his boys will steal your lunch money a cut your hair

    November 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. Observer

    How do you respond to a campaign that is befit with lies, misrepresentations, stupidity, and not based in the real world? The only explanation is that they have no where to go as all the doors are pretty slammed shut. Maybe they just have to spend the money to repay their cronies in broadcasting for all the misguided support.

    November 1, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. heeey

    amazing battle ground move, what admitting the GOP is a total fraud?

    November 1, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  25. Rob

    Is he going to make sure he gets peoples' votes or to make sure that they suppress the vote well enough there?

    November 1, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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