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. You have all underestimated Sarah Palin

    Those in the past who have underestimated Sarah have paid the price-

    70 million people watched her debate, 10 million more than watched Obama–

    14 million tuned in to see her on SNL-

    These are big numbers and represent the silent majority out there which is going to vote for her-

    You ridiculed her and now you will pay–

    October 21, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. MG

    Well, before he accepts the Governor's invitiation, he needs to find out what parts of Pennsylvania pro-american. I'd hate for Obama to accidentally talk to un-american americans about such vile things as hope and change and unity.

    Just kidding. I think he should cover as many states as possible.

    October 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. former gop

    Dear Sarah Palin,

    It is quite possible to be a patriot who LOVES my country and at the same time hates YOU.

    Your pal,

    Real American

    October 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Well back at you "An American". I am pissed off at what the Rethugs have done to our country – they have brought us to our knees. So voted STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC! claudiatucsonaz

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Greed is not good

    Rendell is right but you can forget about trying to win over "the people" Murtha so eloquently referred to.

    October 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Joe Reed

    Obama up by 10%, highest lead in latest NBC/WSJ Poll!

    October 21, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. carol

    I voted in the early elections in Florida today and it was the greatest
    feeling as I proudly voted for Sen Obama....such an historic moment
    in time.
    It was also a great moment when we who have worked on the campaign were invited to a conference call where Sen Obama spoke to us all and thanked us for our work......that was so speical.
    Of course Sen Obama can't be everywhere, but his campaign has been so organized they know best where he should go next....he is doing so well everywhere and that is wonderful...but we can't get lax as we want every vote to count and every voter to get out and vote now!!!


    October 21, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. czack mirambo

    I feel blessed being a canadian, we just had an election a week ago with one month campaign. We have one of the best health care in the world we are in the G 7 and all the American are worried about is one Joe the plumber? C'mon health care for instant is a right not a privlage.
    Ontario Canada

    October 21, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. The Bruce

    Is the presidential race still close? The Bruce says, you bet it is.

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. mms

    to an american,you have never been a dem. so don't even try to say anything about Obama. No dem. in their right mind would vote for Mccain.

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Amy

    Barbara in NC,

    did you vote straight dem and separately for Obama?

    because in NC you have to. If you only voted straight dem, you didn't vote for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. MarylouSC

    I also an a white, retired, patriotic, moderate woman, Democrat, that is sick of being told I am not patriotic and that I am a socialist., I have worked my entire life and have NEVER balked at paying my taxes. I live in South Carolina and I am voting for OBAMA Wish this red state would turn blue, we sure are hurting down here.

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. CAW in MD

    @An American,

    If you were a "democratic" until this election and decided that McCain and Palin more accurately reflect your values than Obama and Biden in this election, then I've got news for you - you weren't really a "democratic" before, either.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that...

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Carol

    Every state counts and we all want to here from them but I think people have to make a choice now it is to close to voting time.

    October 21, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Kate

    Believe me, we here in PA will safely deliver the state to Barack. 🙂

    October 21, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Nganenu

    Let the senators [Barack and Hilary] as well as the president visit the state. PA is a must win for the Dems dignity. If they return, if they hold a large rally before november 4, then the deal is scelled

    October 21, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Mike Philly

    Wow. The republicans in this thread are really coming across as lovely folks...

    October 21, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Denyse

    I sure hope Obama can get back there and rally the troops.

    October 21, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. hurriCAIN PALIN

    rendell – blindsided by cowardice, prays for his false messiah to return

    October 21, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Apparently GOP voters in PA love the economy we've been graced with by the Republicans. Thanks for the last 8 years GOP. That was great! Let's do it again?

    October 21, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Lyndon,CA

    I love Caribou Barbie! Go McCain/Palin!

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. rachel

    Obama and clinton should go back . Hillary is in Nebraska today, with warren buffet. As Hillary said I deputize you all, also stated that Bush has practiced what John McCain preaches.(scary though hey?)

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. go obama!

    My in-laws are from central PA and both are supporting Obama!

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Darrell

    He should go back.Watching the McCain camp of lies spewing off about everything but the important issues makes one feel that some might fall fr all the incredible lies that mCCain and Palin spew.Another important thing would to keep Palin talking because everytime she opens her mouth intellegent Americans can figure out she knows squat exept for how to lie. She is Americas number one liar and for the Clintons and Obama to go and spread some truth would help.McCain is done if he looses in PA so they will lie about anything and everything so it would be important for Obama to show up

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. lol

    after obama's bitter, bible thumping, gun toting comments, and murtha updating the people of pa from "racist" to "redneck" mccain/palin should cut through the lead obama has, and take PA.

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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