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. Former Hillary Supporter for McCain

    I couldn't be happier to know that the election is tightening! There's no way I will vote for Barack Obama. He's playing the same cards with John McCain that he played against Hillary. Just remember there were over 18 million that voted for her and many do not like Obama!

    African American for McCain

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Jeremy from Columbus, Ohio


    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Jon

    He should return several times just to make sure and also to the other swing states. Our economy and the world are most complicated and we must stand away from simplistic bombastic answers that have an odor of hate and ignorance. Americans will do the right thing and vote for a better world with Obam/Biden.
    Jon in California

    October 21, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. JF

    And this to "An American" in reference to Democrats:

    WE'RE snakes??! Allow me to bring you up to date:

    And now featuring: SARAH PALIN JOHN McCAIN

    The list goes on, but I'm sure CNN limits the space available for each
    comment. You obviously know how to access the internet, so I suggest you look up some facts and stop believing everything you hear in the street or your local watering hole as gospel !

    October 21, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Patrick

    I live in a large city and I love America. It's saddened me to watch our country be HIJACKED by crazy neo-cons. It's time for independents to TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.


    October 21, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Viet Vet

    Filling my mail in ballot tonight

    Obama/Biden -----Baby

    October 21, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Mikey

    An American October 21st, 2008 6:25 pm ET
    To all you nasty Obama supporters – I voted early as well –
    straight republican ticket
    I was a democratic until this election – you people are snakes. From here on out I am going to be an independent, but for now
    MCCAIN/PLAIN – 2008
    Two points: (1) no one is believing you were a democrat until this election, unless there is something real particular you don't like about Barack Obama. (2) How stupid is it to adress your post to "nasty Obama supporters" and they call them snakes and tell them to shove it?

    October 21, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Less

    I live in the suburbs of philly, even though I think Obama will win this area I find it hard to see him winning the state. He really needs to take a quick 2 day swing across pittsburg,harrisburg, scranton, philly and the philly suburbs to win!

    October 21, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Robert

    Sounds like a call to bait McCain into spending precious resources in the expensive media market. Obama can afford to fight a multi front war, but McCain can't.

    While he's in the neighborhood, maybe he can stop in and do an SNL surprise guest appearance, maybe Letterman, then drop down to Virginia for a rally. Meanwhile, Hillary can criss-cross PA for a few more days to undo any gains McCain has made.

    October 21, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Vote democrat across the board! The GOP has allowed our country to be attacked, Sep 11, 2001....Bush at the wheel. It proves we are weak when republicans are in office! They are incompetent and unable to keep us safe, PROVEN!

    Vote to keep us safe, vote for a Democrat, else we will be attacked again, just like under Bush!

    October 21, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    McCain is abandoning Iowa, New Mexico, and Colorado to concentrate on Pennsylvania. That does not seem to make much sense to me so I think Rendell is correct. Maybe the Republican internal polls show more McCain strength than the major polls do. No matter what, it would not hurt to make a swing there.

    An American....sorry, but your colors show through. Just like the Republican congressman in NC who spewed his hate about those people who aren't like him...us liberals who apparently hate God and America.

    October 21, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. George

    What the Matter CNN. Couldn't you Post my Comment...ONLY WANT PRO OBAMA of course...SHAMEFUL....

    October 21, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Brain in DC

    If the majority votes for McCain/Palin, they get what they ask for. As for me, I'd like the GOP to go through some self cleansing first. That requires a defeat so they can come back clean and strong in a few years. Colin Powell nailed it with his criticism. The current GOP shouldn't be given another vote of confidence. Especially after they've reused every dirty tactic helped them deceive the people in the past. Enough.

    October 21, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. wycky

    AP, Reports that Palin Used states to pay for her children travel and then doctored the documents...where is cnn on this case

    October 21, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Momanon

    I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania. Murtha was right the first time.

    October 21, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. No McCain/No Palin

    Repubs are all liers and cheaters. All they do is complain, whine...boo hoo!
    They have played the dirtiest campaign ever and I hope it bites them back!
    Here's an interesting story....you repubs do your research and read before posting comments attacking Obama. Who's the lier!

    Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

    October 21, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I think it is important for Obama to secure the 270 before he tries to get 370. He's got to lock up the big vote states in the East: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. If he does that, McCain is toast, regardless what happens in Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, and Nevada.

    October 21, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Obama-TX

    PA must not be hurting enough economically. The rest of the BLUE states and some RED gets it. What's up with PA?

    Murtha and Biden both need to keep their opinions to themselves and FOCUS ON THE ECONOMY AND WINNING ON NOV 4th.

    October 21, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. George

    Claudia wake up and SMELL THE ROSES...and remember. you h ave had a DEMOCRAT Congress for the past 2 years who PROMISED everything to get in and delivered VIRTUALLY nothing ....did you not know that. Come on Get informed and be a Republican.

    October 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Jeff

    I don't know how McCain–or Rendell for that matter–thinks the GOP can turn a solid blue state pink in 2 weeks. Not without surrendering to Obama's momentum in Florida and Ohio–and if the Democrats win either state, they wouldn't even NEED Pennsylvania.

    October 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. TrendyMac

    Government has always Taxed and "Spread the wealth" Its known as a Budget...


    Yes Mr.Mc Cane.. even evil Sarah has taxed, spent & Spread the wealth in Alaska as Govenor.:P


    HELLO ...John?? EARTH to JOHN... Come in John... LOL 🙂

    October 21, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    @You have all...

    People watch Palin like they watch a car accident. She is folksy and she is a competent politician but she is dangerously unprepared to be President if something should happen to McCain. Even right wingers say so.

    All she does is motivate the base and luckily there are not enough people in that category.

    October 21, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    @Amy – in answer to your questions
    Six Sheets – voted Obama – then DEM – then locals – judges, etc.


    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. John, NC

    Folks, don't forget about the silent majority out there.

    October 21, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Sandra

    Rendell should be nervous. I have a job which requires me to drive over several counties within western pennsylvania, which is normally a democratic stronghold. Guess what... I see 10 McCain signs for every 1 Obama sign. Of course, according to the democrats (local & national), we are the racist individuals that cling to our guns & religion.. what they don't realize is that we have enough sense to see the truth about the smoke & mirrors of the obama ego machine. I predict that there will be many many millions of Americans that will have doubts about obama as they walk into the voting booth and change their vote accordingly all across this great nation. The obama campaign may have a real surprise coming to them Nov 4th!

    October 21, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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