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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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Meghan

    The sad truth is that millions of Americans, less that half God willing believe this guy! AND they believe he's the best choice whilst he has no solid plan other than not being a Democrat. Guess what? Housing starts up, yield up, stock market up, winding down wars in around the world, jobs finally up! All this and more would be lost with Romney. I am certain my job is gone if he's elected. This is about America's future, not about being a loyal Republican. No one voting for Romney can show me HOW he can live up to any of his flip flopping promises if you know anything about the powers of Congress vs the Executive Branch OR economics. All I'm seeing in support of Romney is that he is not Obama. I'll take the guy who executed a plan and has a successful record, at least per my stock portfolio, the equity in my home, and the employment of my friends.

    November 3, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  2. RudyG

    Nervous, eh Axelrod? You wouldn't have the big gun in Pennsylvania if you weren't. So much for NBC and CNN polls!

    November 3, 2012 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  3. Meghan

    PS I am an Independent voter in Colorado. I may need to take a side after this election is over. As an added bonus, perhaps I'll get fewer mailers. I must meet Romney's advertising criteria.

    November 3, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  4. babak

    Bill is popular !unlike obama and bush!Thats why democart use him!I think using bill cheating!

    November 3, 2012 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  5. Teej

    Can't thank him enough!

    November 3, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  6. mrkrabbs

    bill is a living legend...nuff said

    November 3, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  7. robj

    Clinton, watch out for your heart and do not lie so much because if you do lie so much, your heart may need another jolt to restart.

    November 3, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. rgrahamok

    Romney is a pathological liar. If he becomes president, then God help us all.

    November 3, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. Barb Lange

    The problem for Reoublicans is their philosophy doesn't work. Never in history has trickle down work. So the rich just get richer...and the midddle class takes the hit

    November 3, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  10. brian

    Ex-republican presidents leave such a lousy legacy, current repub's want nothing to do with them and, besides, they just go off and self-indulge anyways.

    November 3, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  11. mike t

    he is headed to pennsylvania for the great strip clubs not to help the guy that defeated and ridiculed his wife.

    November 3, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. Al

    Bill don't forget your bag boy.

    November 3, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. ray

    Get'em Bill !!!

    November 3, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. Greg C.

    Slick Willie to the rescue...well it's not going help Obama this time...

    November 3, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. Fred Smith

    Impeached liar is the best the demos can muster for Obama?

    November 3, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Fred Smith

    I m peached li ar is the best the demos can muster for Obama?

    November 3, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Fred Smith

    Impeached liar is the best the demos have?

    November 3, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Fred Smith

    Best the demos have?

    November 3, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. bipartisan77

    Obama simply can't do anything on his own, now can he? The Obama-era has been such a failure, he has to channel Bill Clinton's success. Well, Barack Obama, you are no Bill Clinton, and your narcissistic delusion drove you into a presidential race you were unqualified for, and into a job you cannot handle. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the better choice, but Democrats rarely vote based on intelligence, but rather "feeling." Barack Obama is as much a failure as George W. Bush. It's time for a change, and that change is Mitt Romney. If he doesn't deliver, then vote for HIllary in '16.

    November 3, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. eveman

    4 year wasn't enough to correct the mess of forma republican president, therefore forward to obama/biden

    November 3, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. John

    C'mon Dave, I'm sure if you dragged more people before congress to testify about a bj they received from a mistress; you would have a LOT more people lying to congress.

    November 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. abnguy

    It is a big sign of desperation. First he credits most of his presidency to Bush then requires Clinton to come in and save him. We need a new president who will stand on his own two feet. He should stick to eastern PA, Obama's war on coal and steel have cost him greatly in Western Pa and Ohio.

    November 3, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Shane

    So Bill Clinton, a disbarred lawyer, a President who was impeached for lying under oath,
    asks the American people to believe him when he says the best thing for the Country is 4 more years of Obama.
    Just wanted to make sure I had it right!

    November 3, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. shades

    Obama is in trouble
    I know it
    He knows it
    Bill Clinton knows it
    and his supporters know it

    I can smell it

    November 3, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Whatever......

    @John Q Public: Slick Willie????? tsk...tsk....why do you Republicans insist on behaving like children; resorting to name calling when you're presented with information not to your liking? Stress elevates the blood pressure..chill out..

    November 3, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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