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. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, if you read all of Mittens' "closing argument," you will realize that it can be accurately reduced to the following:

    "Unless yuo elect me, the House GOP is going to continue pitching history's most fantastic hissy fit and will manufacture further crises over the debt ceiling, national credit rating, government shutdowns and obstruction. I'mnot kidding. We will refuse to work with Obama in any way, shape or form for another 4 years and hopefully you'll learn your lesson this time: it's our way or no way and you better learn to like it."

    November 2, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. LIP

    Clinton is looking really desperate...desperate to make sure Obama goes one more term so Hillary can run in 2016. If Romney wins now, Hillary will be too old if Romney does back to back terms. Vote Romney

    November 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. California Gary

    A former Democratic president is out there supporting his party and their candidates, while the former Republican president is in the Cayman Islands doing a seminar about how to shelter your money and pay no taxes. Both are acurately representing the ideals of their party by their actions. Now you tell me......which party is more likely to stick up for the common man?

    November 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Dan

    Bill Clinton's words are worth far more than all the Republican Super PAC money.

    November 2, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Poll-takers...bigConfusion...

    Bill Clinton is part of this Election-season confusion....Bill is not a surprise just starting to annoy the American People...so "go home" and take a rest Bill....

    November 2, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. 2012liberal

    Romney surrogate-meatloaf. Who isnt even registered 2 vote. Lol. Will he and kid rock b joining bruce springsten, bon jovi and elton john on stage 4 benefit concert 4 sandy victums? Btw I know what trump can do w his $5mil donation.

    November 2, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Florida Dem.

    Can't wait until late Tues. night, early Wed. morning when Pres. Obam is declaired the winner. It is absolutely baffleing how almost 50% of the country can fall for the lies, tricks and deceit that has come out of the Romney/Rayne Camp. There has to be a more underlying reson for this. You can beat that the color isn't red or blue. Bush and the Reps. put this country into such a hole that it is now by the grace of God and the leadership of Pres. Obama that we are pulling ourselves out. The Reps. and all of their followers see it and know that it was their policies that put use where we were. When a Rep. held Congress can sit on their bottoms and do abolutely NOTHING and be proud of the fact that their purpose is to make Pres. Obama a one term Pres. then that speaks volumes. All of the Reps. should be marched out of Washington! The best man for the job will win. I wear blue proudly now and will continue to do so. There is a lot of soul searching that a lot of people in this country need to do. Obama/Biden 2012!!

    November 2, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Chris in NY

    Better safe than sorry. But I don't believe Romney will close a 6 point lead in 4days even when we know it could much more than that. Bush and Karl Rove made a paly for California in 2000 and John McCain made a play for Pennsylvania in 2004. All flopped. They made so much money this campaign time they don't know what to do with it. I guess spurting thier media giant contirbutors' pocket book over in Pennsylvania wouldn't hurt.

    November 2, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Name. dokf

    Bill Clinton? Who is that? Some "has been" that supports Obama so he can protect his own lifestyle and wife's position?

    Oh yes. Now I remember.

    Or, is this the man who "didn't have relations with that woman," only to admit to it later?

    That's right. Now I remember.

    Wait. Maybe it's the worn has been that never smoked pot because "I didn't inhale."

    Now I remember who he is. Let us not forget...

    November 2, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Chris in NY

    @Poll-takers–bigConfusion. Why are you mad? Is it becauseyour preivous President GWB is in Caymamn's Island advising investors on how to ship job overseas while President Clinton is showing he's an elder statesman? Quit whinning. It doesn't suit you.

    November 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Sniffit
    Meanwhile, if you read all of Mittens' "closing argument," you will realize that it can be accurately reduced to the following:

    "Unless yuo elect me, the House GOP is going to continue pitching history's most fantastic hissy fit and will manufacture further crises over the debt ceiling, national credit rating, government shutdowns and obstruction. I'mnot kidding. We will refuse to work with Obama in any way, shape or form for another 4 years and hopefully you'll learn your lesson this time: it's our way or no way and you better learn to like it."

    ========

    Isn't that the TRUTH

    November 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. kevin

    Sorry Mitt! Stay out of my state. Mr Clinton you are always welcome. OBAMA 2012

    November 2, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. sayer

    Obama is gonna win. Deal with it, repubs.

    November 2, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    And where is George W. Bush? He's in the Cayman Islands where yesterday evening he was the keynote speaker at the "Cayman Alternative Investment Summit." There's a media blackout, but you can read more about it by visiting compasscayman.

    The Caymans are where Mittens has hidden much of his wealth to avoid paying taxes ... GW Bush is the guy whose policies took us into two unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D, eliminated the Clinton budget surplus and took our economy to the brink of disaster.

    Kinda funny how the GOP doesn't want any reminder of what happens when a Republican is President ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    November 2, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Namemahill

    Ask all in NJ who's thinking about our beautiful USA, they'll tell u the truth: President Barack OBAMA!

    November 2, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Name. dokf: Who is GW Bush? Oh, yeah, he's the guy whose failed economic, military and foreign policies Mittens embraces whole-heartedly.

    You'd think you GOPers would be tired by now of being manipulated into voting against your own self-interest ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    November 2, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Sonia

    Obama 2012

    November 2, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @Name. dokf: Who is Clinton? He's NOT the former president (GW Bush) who's spending the last four days before the election hiding out in the Cayman Islands where he was the keynote speaker at a conference designed to help tax cheats like Mittens hide their money.

    If this is news to you, it's because there is a media blackout about Bush's participation in the conference. I guess they don't want too blatant a reminder that Mittens is proposing all of Bush's failed policies that got our country into a mess in the first place.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    November 2, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_POS

    Bill Clinton is out there campaigning and supporting president Obama....so where is GW Bush?..........In the CAYMEN ISLAND cleaning up Mitt Robme's multi-million dollar mansion and getting it ready so Mitt Robme can go back to his foreign TAX HAVEN to count his million$$$ after his concession speech on Tuesday night Nov 6th!!! LOL

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Obama12.

    November 2, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Larry

    Dokf, I can see that working. You should be writing that all over. Don't let the fact that Clinton is now embraced by both Republicans and Democrats stop you from writing that. Clinton's approval rating is far higher than either Romney's or Obama's so again, why should he go home? Probably the most important instant in the election was when Clinton took Romney behind the woodshed at the DNC and showed him who was boss.....and he keeps doing it. While it clearly bothers you, I love it.

    November 2, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. The Situation

    Eat on this Rethugs!

    According to ABC News:
    One perplexing element of the election is how Obama has remained competitive despite the economy’s long-running troubles. Part of the answer rests on who’s blamed for it in the first place. Independents, for instance, blame Bush rather than Obama for current economic problems by a 19-point margin, 51-32 percent. And that widens to a 27-point margin among political moderates.

    In the battleground states, Bush gets more economic blame than Obama, by 50-37 percent. Even in strong Republican states it’s an even split.

    That continued blame on Bush enables

    And Mitts wants to run with all of Bush's rehased advisors.

    November 2, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. linda jean

    Chicken-Little "declared" the sky is falling! All we have to do is "Look-up" Vote Vote for our President Obama. The skies are still BLUE! Ljean

    November 2, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. The Situation

    LIP

    Clinton is looking really desperate...desperate to make sure Obama goes one more term so Hillary can run in 2016. If Romney wins now, Hillary will be too old if Romney does back to back terms. Vote Romney

    November 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Too Bad Romney will be in permanent retirement since this will be his final election and just like in 1994, check one into the losing column for Mitts!

    November 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If a stranger knocked on your door and said "let me in and I'll tell you what I want after you let me in", that's exactly how Mitt Romney has ran his campaign on a promise to tell Americans his plan after the fact.

    November 2, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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