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. Kate in Ottawa

    Are McCain and Palin Christians? They criticize Obama for an economic plan that is closer to the Christian doctrine than their brand of capitalism. I wouldn't call it socialism, but I sure would call it Christian!

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |

    we the people of the united states of american; it's sad but in this counrty if you chose to be a racist. You have that freedom, but I hope you join the BO/Biden team anyway they'll fight for you also.

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Mark

    McCain is an idiot and Palin is a freekin Nazi. Only racist Pennsylvanians would vote for those two epic morons!!

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Lissa

    It would be – will be – awesome when Pennsylvania goes to Obama. I know a return visit to campaign will just solidify his already solid lead, but it looks GREAT in blue!!

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. J Williamson

    PA is safe for Obama – let him make a push for those "swing states" which went for Bush in 2004 – keep McCain on the defensive and make him repeatedly have to campaign in VA, MO, and NC to name a few.

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Pepou

    I have campaigned in Pennsylvania for Obama. People there are savy and aware of the issues. They will vote for him.

    October 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. Ryan

    Don't worry Rendell. PA and the entire nation is going to watch Obama become President. No need to worry. I'm not going to even vote, I know everyone else is voting for Obama, I'll be at home celebrating!!!! GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!! Obama 08'! Woooooo!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Thomas from Missouri

    That's because of Murtha Martha whatever his name is making all of those crazy statements. I once worked with a guy from Pittsburgh and he was way more racist than anyone I ever met from the South. True story.

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |





    YES WE CAN !



    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    My whole family has already mailed in our ballots for OBAMA!


    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. vic nashville,Tn

    Demarcates please don’t be panic
    Please ask help form Bill Clinton
    Hillary 2012

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    McCain takes PA, OH, WVA & VA.

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Edward

    McCain stated that we do not need a president who invites testing from the world … why then did he chose Sarah Palin to be a 72year old heartbeat away from the presidency? Pot meet kettle.

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Bs

    Can someone stop Rove / Palin from destroying social security ?

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. onelove

    I'll be there. Just give it few days. He's team knows what the stakes are.

    October 21, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Seth

    This really looks like a job for Hillary and Bill.

    October 21, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. JT Philly

    McCain forget about PA. Don't waste your time and cash here – we won't give you or Palin our state. You both represent the worst of the Republican party. I'd have voted for you before you picked Palin and went so negative. Obama/Biden!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    I will never EVER watch Lou Dobb's ridiculously biased coverage of this election again. I love CNN...but this show is a JOKE!

    October 21, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Alex

    13 per cent lead doesn't sound too bad. If he doesn't get the western part of the state, who cares if he still ends up winning the state?

    I'm sure Obama will swing back there again. As others have said, Losing Pennsylvania would be one of the major signs of defeat for McCain.

    October 21, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. Pa Republican

    I plan on supporting the ticket "You've got a Pal in McCain" over the "Obama Bin Biden Ticket". It even sounds better. Would you Dems go out and buy a nice looking "used" car just because you're sooooo
    anxious for something new and different? Would you slap your hard earned dollars down on the counter, sign on the dotted line and cross your fingers before driving away in a vehicle that looks good but has not really been broken in yet and may conceal serious problems, which in turn may cost you big bucks down the road? Would you act on impulse and drive off in a vehicle you only heard run for a very short time because everyone else is chanting "GO FOR IT". I strongly urge each and everyone of you to "Pop" the hood and check what's inside. There are too many things about this man and his connections that cause me to distrust him. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. MikeH

    What 'small business' employs 16 million?

    C'mon CNN proof your ticker headlines.

    October 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |

    BE STUPID VOTE!!!!!!!



    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Sam -NYC

    If McCain wins then the next President will be Sarah Palin...... Can America afford that. Vote OBAMA......Vote for"THAT ONE"

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Liz

    Come on Pennsylvania.....get out there and vote Obama!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. KJL

    Obama supporters need to vote, not just voice their support.

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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