October 21st, 2008
06:18 PM ET
14 years ago

Rendell 'still a little nervous' about Penn., asks Obama to return

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/21/art.rendell.gi.jpg caption="Rendell wants Obama to come back to Pennsylvania."](CNN) - Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has sent two separate memos to the Obama campaign in the past five days requesting that the Democratic Presidential candidate—as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton—return to campaign in Pennsylvania, Rendell told CNN's Gloria Borger.

Rendell said the McCain campaign is clearly making a push to win Pennsylvania, given the recent visits by the Arizona senator, his wife and his running mate. As a result, he wants Obama to appear in western Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and one more “large rally” in Philadelphia. Democrats generally worry that the race is significantly closer than what recent polls have suggested. According to Rendell, there is also worry among Democrats the McCain campaign has successfully raised the enthusiasm level among Republicans in the state.

“I don’t want to be selfish,” Rendell said. “But I’m still a little nervous, so I have asked Obama to come back. We understand he’s got demands from 20 different states, but we’d like to see him here.”

Obama's support appears to be weakest in the western part of the state, a region Pennsylvania Rep. Jack Murtha recently called 'racist,' and one where he badly lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Obama last campaigned in Pennsylvania on October 11, a week and a half ago. VP candidate Joe Biden made an appearance with Bill and Hillary Clinton in Scranton on October 12. McCain and running mate Sarah Palin have both made visits to the state this week.

The latest CNN poll of polls in Pennsylvania suggests Obama holds a 13 point lead over McCain there. CNN currently considers the state leaning Obama.

soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. lyn

    Palin you will never get Hillary supporters, you accuse us of being Pro-Americans, Well I am one of those, so Palin the moose killer stop telling lies,McCain today on the campaign trail continuing to tell lies about Obama tax plan, we are not stupid so stop the lies it is sinking you in a dipper hole McCain.

    October 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Darnell

    This should be simple Pennsylvania, don't vote for the party that keeps insulting you by calling you racist and accusing you of clinging to your religion and guns.

    October 21, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. j

    Obama will be the next president.

    Thank God for real change!

    October 21, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. kris in KS

    Yes, I watched Palin/Biden debate and have been watching SNL, in fact love it more than I have since college days. I am not watching it because I like Palin. I think she is a complete joke and would vote for Tina Fey before Palin and would never vote for Fey for VP. The millions who are watching SNL are laugh AT Palin. We watched the debate in part because we expected her to make and idiot of herself.

    October 21, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Mike T

    It;s critically important that those who support Obama get out the vote for him. McCain can't win unless he takes Pennsylvania and Obama for that matter would have to carry multiple battleground states to make up the deficit. I agree support for Obama in Pennsylvania is softer than the polls suggest. Don't get complacent-VOTE!

    October 21, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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