Romney promises to win Pennsylvania in November
April 5th, 2012
11:32 AM ET
8 years ago

Romney promises to win Pennsylvania in November

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Mitt Romney promised Thursday to win Pennsylvania in November, even as he lowered expectations for a victory here in the Republican primary later this month.

"As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November," Romney said at a small rally held on the roof of a downtown Harrisburg office building. "I'm going to win Pennsylvania in November."

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As Romney put it, "the reason that's going to happen, by the way, is that the people of Pennsylvania have taken a good look at conservative leadership. They've seen your senator, Pat Toomey, they've seen your governor, they've seen that conservative leaders are the people who will help grow the middle class."

Toomey, a leading conservative voice in the Senate, has voiced support for Romney's presidential bid, while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has remained neutral in the race.

Pennsylvania hasn't voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but he expressed confidence that he could pick up the state's 20 electoral votes this fall.

"The people of Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6, I believe will vote for me and give me the support I need to become the next president of the United States," he said.

During a visit to a campaign phone bank before the speech, Romney called the state "critical" to his White House chances.

As for the more pressing matter – the April 24 Republican primary showdown against Rick Santorum – Romney was careful not to overstate his chances.

Clearly lowering expectations even though polls show him gaining on Santorum in the former senator's home state Romney said "everybody expects someone to win their home state."

"Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state, I think people expect the senator to win his home state," he said. "But I'll pick up a lot of delegates, and we have several other states with contests the same day - I hope to win all of those, and if I can win the others and pick up some delegates here, it will give me an even stronger lead."

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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. diridi

    very nasty idiot. Watch him in youtube, When mitt romney came to town. enjoy.....he wants to ban SS and Medicare, repeal health care, etc, This election is Rich v/s Middle Class America. Wake up, drive all the rethuglicans out in Nov. Good luck, America.

    April 6, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  2. eat your grits, willard

    I hope he gets the nomination. i believe Obama will mop the floor with him. He deserves to lose badly.

    April 6, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. Dnsdamenace

    I, Mitt Romney, predict, when elected President, that I will have a room full of brief cases stuffed with cash!

    April 6, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. diridi

    You shipped jobs, Job Report says, 8.2%. It is gradually getting better, manufacturing is coming home...Nasty idiots of GOP. I never support in my life....thugs of this nation are Republicans. once we drive these animals out, evil goes out from USA. Obama2012.

    April 6, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  5. John

    Mitt Romney will be lucky to win any state.

    April 6, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Dieter Zerressen

    Sure, because Mitt and the GOP is so supportive of union members, women, and immigrants. Ha. I realize Mittens has the rich, old, fat, white guy vote sewn up but that's about it.

    April 6, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  7. pastmorm

    Also from PA and I can tell you that Romney is not big on the winner list here. Of course we wouldn't vote for that crook Santorum either. But then frankly, the republicans here are sick of their own party and Pennsylvanians are a no-nonsense people. They'll vote for Obama.

    April 6, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Aviate

    Tomorrow Romney will tell us that he never said he would win Penn. in Nov. & that as a "severe conservative" he has always opposed winning Penn. in November. And no one in the media will say a word...

    April 6, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Ryan

    "They've seen your senator, Pat Toomey, they've seen your governor, they've seen that conservative leaders are the people who will help grow the middle class." Where is he getting his info? Corbett is hurting the middle class

    April 6, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Aviate

    Why do Democrats and liberals attempt to recall the past in every post?

    To prevent conservatives from rewriting it and trying to blame democrats for the failed policies of the Bush administration. To listen to people like "Another Day" you'd never know that Obama came into office with an economy shrinking 7% per quarter, shedding 750k jobs a month, and on the verge of a Second Great Depression. You'd never know that Bush took record surpluses and instead doubled the national debt, or that his tax cuts are the main reason for the deficit tea partiers love to whine about today. In short, you would believe that freedom is slavery, 2 + 2 =5, and Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia.

    Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it–something conservatives like "Another Day" prove to us over and over again...

    Keep on shaking that Etch-a-Sketch folks. We know what you drew on it the last time...

    April 6, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Lyn

    We will see, Romney and his socialist Republicans party are only fighting for the rich they don't care a dan about the poor so wake up America. " OBAMA / Biden 2012 all the way"

    April 6, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. The United State of MESS

    How dumb so people have to be to always blame Obama for everything that has gone wrong. The crisis started in America before he took office and the Republicans are to blame. If Romney is such a good guy then he would have one the ticket already yet his own party do not trust him. Can Romney lower unemployment, YES. Romney is buddies with power people. Parttime jobs will go away and be replaced by fulltime jobs that pay part time wages. This is what Romney can do.

    Obama will win because his party will attack Romney on past comments regarding middle and poor class. Romney on the other hand will have to deal with a Republican Party that does not trust him and his view for America.

    Imagine if both parties got along and crushed the elite, you will have a better America.

    April 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. rosegarden

    I don't need Romney's promises his win in PA. I want to know how his plan to grow jobs for middle class and keep his promises, further, how he can stop the white collar jobs and high skill jobs shift to overseas, how he handle with the super rich people like him park their money overseas without paying tax.

    April 6, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. GI Joe

    I'm thinking establishment republicans have sent Mitt as their sacrificial lamb (will lose to President Obama) and are saving their "best" for the open run in 2016.

    The republicans have been trying to get rid of Rmoney for years, but (like McCain) he's gonna have to lose a second time to get the message (more ego than brains)

    April 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Jewels

    Lord, I hope he doesn't win the Presidency. I am not voting for him – but, can't believe people would trust another GOP member to lead the country.

    April 6, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. SF

    If Independents fall for this crap again as they did with Bush 1 and 2, then this country deserves what they have coming to them if they were to elect another GOP as their president! Also, I fear that this republicans will do what they did in Florida during the 2000 Elections and intimidate voters! I fear that they will go out of their way to get people not to vote, even if it means physical altercations or even someone being shot or something...cuz we all know how the right love their guns!

    April 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Tony

    Romney has an ace in the hole. Even though he had to pander to the Tea Party Republicans to win the Republican nomination, everyone, including his Republican supporters, knows that he did not mean what he had said in the primary. Come on, we are talking about Romney here. He never means what he says.

    April 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |

    Such a dumb, out of touch with middle class and poor, man. Obama will wipe up the floor with Mr. 1%. He flip flops more than a shoe store!!!!! Obama 2012!!!!

    April 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Publius Novus

    Mr. Mittens shouldn't tie his horse too tightly to Corbett and Toomey. Corbett would not be re-elected today (41% approval rating and falling fast). Toomey beat a weak Democrat by 76,000 votes in a year of GOP landslides. Besides, the Pennsylvania white men may be stupid, but the women aren't–and there are more of them.

    April 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The choice is simple. If you want to see what is happening in Greece right now, in our streets, then keep voting for the Democrat Socialist Party. If you want a future where this country is fiscally sound and creating jobs at the rate it should be, then vote Republican. THIS election will be your last chance because the country will most like not survive or be able to recover from another 4 years of Obama and the Democrat Socialist Party. Choose wisely America. Your childrens future depends on it.

    April 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. FLIndependent

    Watch out for swing states that have Repub governors – I don't trust them for a minute to run a clean election Remember, it was the Repub Ohio guy (don't remember his position) but he promised Bush he would give him Ohio in 2004 and lo and behold it was Ohio that decided that election. Romney is a terrible candidate and will bring back all the old Bush regime which will put the final nail in our country's coffin, but MONEY and FAVORS will win this election. To all the Obama supporters, please be sure to VOTE!

    April 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Reggie from LA

    I'm not as smart as many so I ask questions (maybe too many). If these politicians, which Romney is on of, have such great plans for the economy, why don't they just introduce them instead of POSSIBLY becoming president one day and POSSIBLY have such plans actually work? How many jobs, homes and lives will be lost between now and the time one of them "puts their plans in action? Instead of getting the Prez out of office, why doesn't Mitch McConnell help the candidates institute the "plans"? Ooops, duh on my part. That would help Obama. Can't have that. And why do we always forget that Mitt Romney destroyed livelihoods without remorse and want to have him lead our nation? On that note, why do not want to consider that he has no foreign policy experience to speak of, but generalizes threats to other countries all the time? Sorry. Too many questions again?

    April 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. mike

    When Romney smiles it looks like he just pooped his pants and he wants mommy to wipe his butt. Just sayin.

    April 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. FLIndependent

    "It's called Projection. Karl Rove started it for W a long time ago. Objective: Project your own weaknesses onto your opponent. (Notice Rmoney calling President Obama "Out of Touch" or "Flip-Flopper" or "Secretive". "
    Exactly - Romney himself said last month in regards to something Santorum said about him, that it was what politicians do, they blame their opponent for things that they themselves do. He knows the game well so we'll be seeing much more of this type of talk from Romney.

    April 6, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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