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. curt

    I thought he was gonna say he'll totally legalize marijuana if he's elected.

    November 1, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Dnar

    Dont think romney will win Pa. The big O all the way for the win.

    November 1, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. jake90

    I so thought Romney had it, but it seems he didn't learn from McCain's mistakes -.-

    November 1, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  4. rb

    The GOP call this a stroke of genius or all part of the master plan. Not an act of desperation. Definitely not. No

    November 1, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. thomas

    GOP Kills me – "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.

    You mean like Florida? Where Romney is spending $20M the next few days on ads. Romney spending time any place other than Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa, Nevada, Florida or Colorado is a waste time and shows he's in hail-mary mode.

    November 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. Obama 2012-1016

    We will not believe old mitten everything roll off his lips is a lie..go back to your board meetings and leave the Real Job to men of integrity

    November 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. God

    What a morooon. Penn. is totally in Obama's corner. I can't believe..oh wait...he's Mormon. Nevermind I never did understand them anyway.

    November 1, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  8. Vern

    A huge sign of desperation. He's not gaining any ground in Ohio; his campaign thought about going to Wisconsin, but his numbers are worse there than in the Buckeye state. Now he's trying Pennsylvania, where he and the GOP have made loads of enemies this year with their racially-tinged ID voter push. He's not going to make up 4 points in 1 weekend. He just won't.

    He's starting to see the writing on the wall, and the writing says he's toast come Tuesday.

    November 1, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Dick Guzinyia

    The only thing starling is that anyone with two brain cells could for for Obama...especially after the lies of Benghazi.
    Then he had the arrogance to speak of Americans not leaving people behind!

    November 1, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  10. brian

    good grief charlie brown, mutt please leave the people alone.

    November 1, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Obama 2012-1016

    We Will Win 2012-2016 Obama all the way.... POTUSA

    November 1, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. John

    Headline: Romney gives up on Ohio!!

    On a non-partisan note: if you want an argument for doing away with the electoral college- imagine where these guys (Romney and Obama) would be campaigning, GTOV ing and buying ads if the winner of the popular vote became President. Let's do away with the electoral college by 2016.

    November 1, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. AmericanWaxwing

    The illusion is over. We need Romney. Pennsylvania is realizing that Romney would be better for them and for the country.

    November 1, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Ita.

    100% Obama everywhere!!

    November 1, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Charlotte

    Gov. Mitt Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

    The Romneys’ gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a limited partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.

    According to ethics law expert Dan Curry who drafted the ethics complaint, Ann Romney does not have a federally-approved blind trust. An approved “blind” trust may not be used to hide a major investment which could be affected by Romney if he were to be elected President. Other groups joining the UAW and CREW include Public Citizen, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group.

    November 1, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. 4pease

    Truly an act of desperation. without Ohio, behind in Colorado, Iowa, Wisconson, and on and on, Twitt Flopney is about out of lies he can tell to pursuade the lowest common denominator.

    November 1, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. ArmyCSM

    My wife is from PA and I'm from VA. Romney has no morels, no scruples, no backbone and to compound that he's a liar. There's nothing Romney could do or say to make either of us vote for him...nothing, not ever, because he's a liar and what comes out of his mouth are just meaningless words...we can't trust him, he lies.

    November 1, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Syd

    He has nothing. No answers. No solutions that could work. No integrity. All he's got is strategy. He thinks he's playing a GD game of Risk.

    November 1, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Chris

    Romney is a lost cause....plain and simple

    November 1, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. gerome

    Final act of desperation.....
    This race is not even close. The poles are pure bs designed to keep you tuned in.....yeah...mccain and obama were soooo close during the last few days of the election huh....whatever.

    November 1, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Jen L

    I hope that he goes there are tells them how he wants to defund FEMA and then reiterates his claims that people who actually get help from the government are lazy freeloaders.

    That he refers to the Obama camp as "Chicago" is a sign of desperation. When you can't attack your opponent on actual issues, switch to pretending that his previous place of residence is somehow telling.

    November 1, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Helena Troy

    I would not want a president who thinks global warming is a joke, who hides tax returns, who is inconsistent on every issue, who is beholding to a big money donor who wants an attack on Israel (Sheldon Anderson), whose lying is matched only by his VP candidate, and who hasn't held a job for 12 years.

    November 1, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. Jason Sm1th

    Someone who don't want to disclose finances, who banks with most secretive banks, runs businesses that are tax havens of world – now so close to be US President , shame..

    November 1, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. billNY

    Tries? Game over people, game over. Romney wins by 5-7%.

    November 1, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    dumb bunnies, Romney and his campaign are beyond desperate.

    November 1, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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