Romney tries to put PA in play
November 1st, 2012
06:37 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney tries to put PA in play

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN) –In a late campaign push to change the battleground map, Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania on Sunday in the hopes of capturing the traditionally Democratic-leaning state. A Romney campaign official confirmed to CNN the GOP nominee will stop in the Philadelphia area Sunday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania event falls into the Romney campaign's newly adopted strategy of expanding the battleground map in the final week of the race. Top strategists to the GOP nominee targeted Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota this week for potential gains, pointing to polls in the states that show Romney gaining on the President.

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A Franklin and Marshall College poll released Wednesday, for example, indicated President Obama Obama had a 49%-45% edge over his Republican opponent.

Romney's campaign began purchasing air time in the state this week–a move that was countered by Obama's team. The campaign also announced Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, will be traveling to Middletown, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The Obama campaign immediately scoffed at Romney's Pennsylvania trip as an "act of desperation."

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going all in Pennsylvania, following the lead of every Republican presidential candidate since 1992 who have made last ditch investments in the Keystone State. Not one of them carried the state," Obama campaign northeast regional press secretary Michael Czin said in a statement.

The Romney campaign instantly fired back, accusing the president's re-election advisers of reacting from a "defensive crouch."

"We are looking at an expanded map, while the Obama campaign is pouring resources into states that were supposed to be safe for them," a Romney campaign official said.

"I totally understand why Chicago is freaking out, but I just thought they'd be better at hiding it," the official added.

In the final days before the 2008 election, then GOP nominee John McCain and his running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made campaign stops in Pennsylvania with similar hopes but to no avail.

In a strategy memo, Romney campaign officials referred to recent comments made by former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell who said Democrats could let down their guards in the state, opening up the possibility of a "startling upset."

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a Romney surrogate, predicted the GOP nominee would win the state in an interview on Fox News Thursday.

Romney's upcoming visit to Pennsylvania was first reported by The Daily.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (487 Responses)
  1. JM

    Let me get this straight. Just because one of these twits, Obama or Romney, show up in your state, people will vote for them. Whatever happened to issues, character and track record. Voting because of a 20 sec. soundbite is embarrassing.

    November 2, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  2. Ray

    Obama has already allowed his arrogance to get him obliterated in the first debate. Don't let it cause him to lose PA too. Make a stop in the keystone state!

    November 2, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  3. NO CRAP

    how is this a surprise move, he's trying to reassure his backers...

    November 2, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Romney = W

    Bush (W) is in the Caymen's giving a lecture on how to "offshore" to "beat paying taxes" - quite the patriot, isn't he? NOT

    November 2, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  5. Andrew

    Desperate attempt at finding another route to 270. Obama clearly in the lead

    November 2, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  6. Buck

    Johnson 2012!

    November 2, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  7. Cody

    surpirse move or desperation move?

    November 2, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. Marcia

    Mitt,Mitt you are going to lose with your campaign of secrecy-no taxes, no answering reporter questions, and disparaging 47% of ordinary people because we are not rich enough to have car elevators and Cayman Island accounts, and your constant flip-flopping on EVERY issue and most of all your LIES!!!

    November 2, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  9. Robert

    I guess this way if the GOP voter suppression works in PA the GOP can claim the results were due to this last minute push.

    November 2, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. Sashatree

    The actions of a desperate candidate. There's no denying it. Romney lost this campaign without any help from anyone else. He consistently opened his mouth, shot himself in the foot, and the reloaded. His campaign managers made/allowed so many MAJOR gaffs that there was no viable way for Romney to recover.

    November 2, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  11. Kirk in michigan

    No vote = no right to complain, please get informed, then vote, and god help us all. FORWARD.

    November 2, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. Jon S.

    Romney has no shot at winning PA. He is at least 5 points behind the President, if not more. As of Wednesday, two days ago, the President has a 97.1% chance of winning PA, according to, which correctly chose 98% of the states in the 2008 election.

    November 2, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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