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. Anonymous

    Pennsylvania has elected a very unpopular governor in Tom Corbett. No chance for mittens in PA!

    November 1, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Paul


    Um, I'm not convinced, Mitt.

    November 1, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Dan

    Lol smells like desperation

    November 1, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. Hugh Mann

    Christie and Bloomberg are both endorsing Obama,,,pretty soon even Ann Romney will be voting for Barack.

    November 1, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. BobT

    You know what they say about Pennsylvania – it's Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in the middle. It's the Alabama part that's going to go big for Romney.

    November 1, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. joe

    Either Romney or his advisors are getting desperate and delusional. Do they really think that suddenly popping up in a heavily democratic area two days before the election is going to swing Pennsylvania to Romney?

    November 1, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. pbernasc

    loser in a panic goes all over the places ...
    that's ok

    I hope Obama wins the electoral college and loses the people's vote ...
    yeah .. suck it GOP

    November 1, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. Adam

    I would love it if mitt cared enough to come to Oregon! Really, why doesn't he care about us?

    November 1, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. bman

    I think it's time we start to make up lies about Romney, He's been rotting in the sun spouting lies way too long

    November 1, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. PAguest

    HAHAHA good luck Mitt The Twitt. PA might almost be a southern state in some parts... but we're not as dumb as the rest of your following.

    November 1, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  11. Rabies

    Pennsylvania has suffered for the past 3 1/2 years under the Obama Administration. It's time for all of us to get a little R & R.

    Here is a question that I haven't seen posted, and it isn't directed towards just the Keystone state. President Obama called the Bengazi attack an act of terror, but his crew also said it was the reaction to a video. The reports I have seen showed that they apparently had information that said otherwise, but they continued blaming this little known movie. The attack was a true case of terrorism, and the attack was set to coincide with 9/11. Whether or not what was said was said to keep the Terrorist attack from being shown for what it was for political reasons is up for debate. I do not know why they took that route. Still, I have to wonder if the other embassys would have been attacked if the truth was told from the beginning. Were all of those terrorist attacks, or were some of those spurred by the video comment? Is it possible that blaming the original attack on a video could have created the chaos afterwards? I don't know the answer to that. Do you? I'm just asking.

    November 1, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Harry Pelham

    After reading this here news article, sounds to me like the Obama Campaign is quite desperate attempting to grasp at any last straw within thar reach! Reckon I'll just be glad come next January once President Romney takes over!!! Finally a chance fer us Pennsylvania folks who cling to our Guns and Bibles to take our Country back come next Tuesday and I have NO doubt that we are gonna do it like fer sure!!!!

    November 1, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Yosemite Sam

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

    GOP is getting desperate. Keep denying and projecting that your desperate to the end. Lies are nt enough to fool the American people.

    November 1, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. gwats

    It's over, Mitt, just admit it, and go home to the house with the elevator for the cars.

    November 1, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. B. Smith

    Wouldn't it be a shock if Romney won Pennsylvania or New York and Obama won Texas.

    November 1, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. ash

    Interesting play as I see it. Is it desperation from FL, OH, CO or a display of confidence, and expanding their already strong showing in these 3 states.

    November 1, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. JohnnyInSNJ

    That's a good move Mitt. You should stay in PA this week.

    November 1, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. toddD

    Good luck, Mitch..or whatever your name is

    November 1, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Chris

    GO ROMNEY GO!!!!!, i'm in PA and i support him and new leadership to the fullest!

    November 1, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. bubba rydel

    Keep fighting Mitt. The country needs you. If that left wing communist Obama is declared the winner again, I know that the fix was in. Nobody wants this guy back in office. I he is declared the winner I will never vote again. What the point if they don't count the votes.

    November 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. CSM

    Anyone who refers to the President as "Chicago" deserves to be mocked mercilessly and then ignored for the remainder of their natural lives.

    November 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. bostoniansr

    just because the joker visits a state doesnt automatically put it into play. lazy reporting at its best

    November 1, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. 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 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  24. SnarkyAkimbo

    This is a con by RomneyCo. PA is not in play. Yawn. Keep walking... nothing here but silly.

    November 1, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. Brian J. Nolin

    This Presidetial, Senatorial and Congressional election is set on one Factor. Who's Future is best. Obama's or Romney's. From what I know. Obama has laid tracks to a more complex and variace destination. Repeating the past with Romey is going backwards.

    November 1, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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