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. FedUpwithLA

    My Dad always used to say to put some guy in the White House who has some money. That way, he won't steal any. Maybe you can talk some sense into those Pennsylvanians, MItt. What's the problem with success? Doesn't anyone like or respect that anymore, or is it all about what the government can do for you? Funny how a Democrat once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." Good luck, Mitt. No, not desperation, Mr Obama.

    November 1, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Minu

    You don't try to expand the map this late in the game. If he wanted Pennsylvania that bad he should campaigned there earlier in the season... Obama/Biden2012

    November 1, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. sobersik89

    He realizes that he's not going to carry Ohio or Wisconsin so he's making a last ditch effort to pick up anything.

    Boy am I going to enjoy this tools concession speech on Tuesday evening.

    November 1, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. NameRudy R

    I think Romney is wanting the ultimate multi-millionaire prize. Free body guards for life at the tax payers expense

    November 1, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Dylan

    This is always a sign that one candidate is getting desparate. Romney is trying to steal a state because the ones they are trying to get already have voters who have made their minds up and its not for him. Cant wait to see FlipFlopping Romney fall come next tuesday

    November 1, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  6. sobersik89

    He's making a last ditch effort to pick up anything he can because he knows he's not carrying Ohio or Wisconsin.

    Can't wait to watch this tools concession speech on Tuesday.

    November 1, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. CJC2010

    Romney is truly desperate! This is looking like a true landslide for President Obama. If the President weren't an African-American the only states Romney could win would be Utah, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. Oh, wait a minute 3 of those places have Romney's allegiance, not the other way around!

    November 1, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Joe the Plumber

    He's a liar and he'll continue the destruction of the middle class while shipping more jobs overseas. There isn't the slightest hope that he'll do anything else, just like the GOP's promises of "Jobs, jobs, jobs" in the last midterms. As soon as they conned everyone, they went right back to busting unions, tearing down civil rights and stonewalled everything Obama tried to do to turn the country around from the mess the GOP made under Cheney/bush. Don't believe one word out of his grinning mouth. And then there's the regressive, fundamentalist nonsense...

    November 1, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Danny

    Zero Percent Chance! Zero.

    November 1, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. NameGhost

    It doesn't matter where Romney goes. People are beginning to see that big government not only isn't bad, it actually can be effective and helpful. Privatize FEMA? Privatize social security?? Look what blackwater did in Iraq. Privatize security? It's over for Romney and the tea party. The truth is evident. Romney wants to make money off peoples suffering in times of need and crisis. Mitt Romney. Wrong and dangerous. Even Christie knows it. Bloomberg knows it. Patrick deval
    knows it. Colin Powell knows it. The thinking man knows it. The sensitive compassionate man knows it. My kids know it. And deep down inside you know it foo. Mitt Romney is a fraud supported by frightened backward thinking people.

    November 1, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  11. arosel

    Romney will lose miserably in PA. I live in PA and I'm voting Obama.

    Nobody wants to return to the Bush years.

    November 1, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. otto

    when Romney and Ryan come to your town, ask either one the value of his "voucher" to replace medicare with a partial payment. the CBO says it will cost the average person $6400 in todays dollars to make up for the voucher if Ryan's version is law. Romney's version is similar to Ryan's (me too, me too) except that no one knows what it would be worth. We only know it would be up to the House of Reps. Conveniently, Ryan is IN the house of Reps, and his version takes $6400 from each person's pocket.

    November 1, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Chris

    Romney will win this election and now even the left wing CNN knows it. The mass racist accusation articles are proof of it.
    Obama will lose and the reason? Racist white people, if you were to actually believe CNN>
    Never ending claims of racism is not going to get obama a second term CNN, he is done, the people are voting him out.

    November 1, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. judith

    Not a chance Mitt will carry Pennsylvania–this is an act of desperation. The momentum is moving toward Obama.

    November 1, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. greg lambert

    this guy gets on my last nerve !!!

    November 1, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. Sunshine Stateme

    I guess that Govenor has plans to steal the state for who needs to be slapped. Maybe Mittens son should be slapping hin

    November 1, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. PVS1

    i find his desperation encouraging.

    November 1, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. bppack

    guess Mittens has given up on Iowa and Ohio and Wisconsin and Nevada and Colorado....

    November 1, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Social obang ogud

    I can say that is better to examine what is said not him who speak.

    November 1, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Warrior

    Interesting move by Romney. Let's see if it pays off.

    November 1, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  21. Justice786

    A nonpartisan report that challenges the central premise of Romney's "budget and tax plan" was withdrawn after GOP senators objected. According to the New York Times (11/1/12), " The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording. [...] [The report} questions the premise that lowering the top marginal tax rate stimulates economic growth and job creation.

    “This has hues of a banana republic,” Mr. Schumer said. “They didn’t like a report, and instead of rebutting it, they had them take it down.” This is what those voting from Romney can expect–hiding data that challenge the veracity of his longstanding claim that lowering taxes for the super rich will stimulate the economy. As Bill Clinton pointed out during his speech at the DNC National Convention, Democrat Administrations have created more jobs than Republican Administrations by a ratio of almost 2 to 1.

    November 1, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Alex

    Complete waste of this man's time.

    November 1, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. bello

    Vote ROMNEY and you become a LIARrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, the Mittn doesn't even know how to spell honest in his life time, so there for he was born as a LIAR

    November 1, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. JJBroncos

    This IS an act of desperation because he knows Ohio is slipping away. This is the equivalent of a political hail mary pass! I do find his squirming and far reaching attempts to win very self satisfying in that they will almost assuredly result in his failure. I feel someone who lies to me constantly insults my intelligence and this guy does it with impunity! Sorry Mitt you have given me your last Flip!

    November 1, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  25. BlackDynamite

    Translation: Desperation is setting in.....

    November 1, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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