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.
McCain did the same thing in 2008 and lost it. The New York Times 538 blog gives President Obama a 96.3% chance of winning Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Ohio's pretty much gone for him and Virginia is slipping away.
Five more days...
Florida is behind Mitt Romey, are you?
Keep a sharp eye on these republican goons. Remember Florida presidential election of 2000 Bush vs. Dole. I'm just saying . . . Judge the spirit by the spirit and Romney sold his soul years ago. The old bait and switch move. Watch em!
at this point in the game it is futile too try and change things in PA.... If you wanted too try and win the state it should have been in play long ago..... most all Americans have made up there mind whom they are voting for this late in the game..... Sorry Mitt!
Vote for Johnson, send the corrupt media and 2 party political system a message. The lesser of two evils is no longer an option.
Bad move by Romney. And it does look desperate.
Pennsylvania, I did nopt realize until now that Obama has spent 2 times as much as Romney in ads across the board and yet he may only be ahead by 1 or 2 points and dwindling minute by minute. Obama has been on the fast strack to hurt the middle class and is adding more of us to the poor category – maybe this is their progressive agenda. Please think about it for the country's sake. (female 52)
Looks like it is a little too late too try and sway voters in PA your way..... Most voters have already decided whom they will vote for this late in the game.... Maybe you need too go back and look at your tapes and find which Mitt is best... Middle Or Rightie hell throw in a little leftie in there.... Nahhhhh too late for ya!
It's a free country. Mitt is welcome to visit PA. We, in turn, look forward enthusiastically to his departure. GObama.
Fat chance to win Pennsylvania, Mr. Romney. But, better to waste your time there than to put it to potentially better use elsewhere.
He is getting desperate since Ohio is going Obama! Obama 2012!
Pennsylvania, I did not realize until now that Obama has spent 2 times as much as Romney in ads across the board and yet he may only be ahead by 1 or 2 points and dwindling minute by minute. Obama has been on the fast strack to hurt the middle class and is adding more of us to the poor category – maybe this is their progressive agenda. Please think about it for the country's sake. (female 52)
Romney's going to explain to the people of Pennsylvania why he wants to kill FEMA – then he'll do a photo op picking up trash from the hurricane and hanging out with the first responders whose jobs he wants to terminate. He takes the art of hypocrisy to a level never before achieved.
Romney is being a fisherman with lots of nets ($$$) to spread. He is just throwing it out there to see who will bite the people of PA know better though! I think this is a ploy to take the Obama's Campaign's attention away from Ohio.
Not surprising knowing he has no other shot at the WH.
Rove is really getting desperate.
There is absolutely ZERO chance of turning Pennsylvania.
Ohio, Virginia, Michigan are all going to Obama.
Florida is now leaning Obama due to massive voter turnout.
Rove is in check and the next move made will be checkmate for him.
Dear Mittens! You can turn yourself around because we don't want you. Love, PA
Bad Strategy.. Democracts are not buying Romney anymore neither does the Independents.
Nah, no way Romney wins PA, but he will win the electoral college and popular vote.
I hate the news, the headline should have been: Romney goes to Pennsylvania to waste time and money.
Mitt Romney, says he really cares for the people of the torn states caused by HURRICANE SANDY?
well if he really did he would of showed some kind of compassion for them not only telling people to donate to them during his campaign speech or whatever he calls it. He would of visited the victims and asked the victims what can he do to help make it better for them. Its a devastation and your still campaigning, come on Gov. Romney who would still campaign in a time of a tragic situation. That should say alot about you. Im for teamObama all the way..
So in summary: both candidates are predicting a tight race, and each think that they will win. Thanks for this enlightening article.
Romney is a weak coward trying to prop up his dying attempt to steal the white house. It wont work willard. your done, go home, your village wants its idiot back.