Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing
November 2nd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing

Washington (CNN) – Add one more high-profile name to the list of those making surprising, last-minute stops to Pennsylvania just days before Election Day: Former President Bill Clinton.

After Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday that the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, would both stump in the Keystone State this weekend, an Obama campaign official confirmed Friday that the 42nd president would also hit the Pennsylvania trail.

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Clinton will also stump in the battlegrounds of New Hampshire (where he will hold two events) and North Carolina, as well as Minnesota, where Romney's campaign and a pro-Republican super PAC are airing ads, Obama's campaign said in a Friday evening statement.

After recent polls indicated the race was tightening in the state, Romney's team said this week it was purchasing air time in Pennsylvania, a state long-considered to be leaning Democratic this cycle. The ad buy is worth $1 million, according to a source tracking media buys.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee and conservative super PACs bought $5.3 million worth of ads to run in the state.

While Romney's campaign says it is "looking at an expanded map" in the final days, Obama's team maintains the strategy is an "act of desperation."

However, saying it would not cede any ground, Obama's campaign also made a big ad buy ($2.7 million) in the state, following Romney's purchase. And Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will make four campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Saturday, the vice president's office announced Friday.

Clinton has been a top surrogate on the campaign trail this year for Obama. The former president has been crisscrossing the country, holding multiple events each day in key battlegrounds. Clinton and Obama will appear together Saturday in Virginia.

The campaign source did not provide additional details about Clinton's Monday visit to Pennsylvania, a state that has 20 electoral votes.

On the same day–the final day before the election–Obama will make a multistate swing through Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, before going to Chicago.

Obama carried Pennsylvania in 2008 by 10% over Sen. John McCain.

A Franklin and Marshall College poll released Wednesday showed Obama with a narrower margin over Romney in the state, 49%-45%.


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  1. tw

    If you want to know why majority of Americans with good sense of judgement like President Clinton, refer to his presidency then you will know how many lives was touched by the prosperity he brought to the middle class during his rule. Then think of how those presperity was turned into massive lay off for millions of Americans across the country.
    ---It takes 8 years for President Bush to destroy the economy amidst given tax incentives to companies to move jobs to other nations, It will certainly takes more than eight years for Obama to rebuild what was destroyed in eight years. Remember it is much easier to destroy than to re-build !!!!! Okay?

    November 3, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Nate G.

    I completely agree with Florida Dem. How can anybody even consider Romney for President ? He claims to be a job creator but on tape he is over heard saying that he likes to fire people. It has been proven time and time again that he will say absolutely anything for a vote. He has no morals, values or principles. And Romney supporters are either really stupid or just don't no any better. Romney has no shame and will look u straight in your face and lie to you. Proof ? Now he's claiming the Chrysler is sending Jeep to China which is a complete lie. The Excutives at Chrysler has told the Romney campaign to stop running the ad. All those people who are falling for Romney's promise of more jobs will be in for a major shock. If you're reading this post, look in your local newspaper in the "help wanted" section and you'll see jobs in the medical and technical fields. Manufactoring jobs are scarce because most are overseas.

    November 3, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Nate G.

    The Republican Party likes to point out what a terrible job President Obama has done the last 4 years. These are the facts : When President Obama took office the Republicans took a pledge to not work with the President at all on anything. Making sure the President was a "1" term President was their main goal. Everything that President Obama presented to the Republicans was rejected point blank. Mitch Mconnell said that the onlt thing that matters is that President Obama only serves 1 term and at all cost. What that means is this - if you don't have a job or insurance or can't afford to go to college, none of that matters. You will have to get by the best way you can for the next 4 years because we have a President that we have to undermine. You're problems are not our concern at the moment so good luck !!

    November 3, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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