Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing
November 2nd, 2012
02:21 PM ET
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Clinton to head to PA in battleground state swing

Washington (CNN) - Add one more high-profile name to the list of those making surprising, last-minute stops to Pennsylvania just days before Election Day: Former President Bill Clinton.

After Mitt Romney's campaign said Thursday that the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, would both stump in the Keystone State this weekend, an Obama campaign official confirmed Friday that the 42nd president would also hit the Pennsylvania trail.

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Clinton will also stump in the battlegrounds of New Hampshire (where he will hold two events) and North Carolina, as well as Minnesota, where Romney's campaign and a pro-Republican super PAC are airing ads, Obama's campaign said in a Friday evening statement.

After recent polls indicated the race was tightening in the state, Romney's team said this week it was purchasing air time in Pennsylvania, a state long-considered to be leaning Democratic this cycle. The ad buy is worth $1 million, according to a source tracking media buys.

Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee and conservative super PACs bought $5.3 million worth of ads to run in the state.

While Romney's campaign says it is "looking at an expanded map" in the final days, Obama's team maintains the strategy is an "act of desperation."

However, saying it would not cede any ground, Obama's campaign also made a big ad buy ($2.7 million) in the state, following Romney's purchase. And Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will make four campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Saturday, the vice president's office announced Friday.

Clinton has been a top surrogate on the campaign trail this year for Obama. The former president has been crisscrossing the country, holding multiple events each day in key battlegrounds. Clinton and Obama will appear together Saturday in Virginia.

The campaign source did not provide additional details about Clinton's Monday visit to Pennsylvania, a state that has 20 electoral votes.

On the same day–the final day before the election–Obama will make a multistate swing through Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, before going to Chicago.

Obama carried Pennsylvania in 2008 by 10% over Sen. John McCain.

A Franklin and Marshall College poll released Wednesday showed Obama with a narrower margin over Romney in the state, 49%-45%.

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  1. Peace

    Go Clinton go!
    No any move will be left unanswered. Romney expanding into PA at the last hour reminds me what John McCain and his little queen of Alaska did in 2008, without achieving anything. Romney should had a plan right from the beginning that he wants to win in PA. This move is a bit of an insult to people in PA. How can anyone grab you as easy as that?

    November 2, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Thomas

    The 2009 budget was a Bush budget. The 2009 deficit belonged to Bush. 2009 was the first year that we had a trillion dollar deficit. Obama's deficits have actually come down from the 2009 deficit.

    FY2008: 459 billion
    FY2009: 1.413 trillion
    FY2010: 1.293 trillion
    FY2011: 1.300 trillion
    FY2012: 1.089 trillion

    Who was it that said deficits don't matter ? DICK CHENEY !

    Who put to ten year wars on a charge card ? GW BUSH !

    Who wants to restore an GW Bush administration ? MITT ROMNEY !

    I will not vote for a man who supports wars and is not willing to ask oneof his five sons to serve !

    November 2, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    Mitt Robme is going to be a FAILED has-been presidential contender just like his dad....the sad part is that he didn't take his father's advise to release 12yrs of TAX RETURNS; and he wants to lose without any dignity with his HOAX & FRAUD campaign ads!!!

    Obama 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Malory Archer


    Bill Clinton is part of this Election-season confusion....Bill is not a surprise just starting to annoy the American People...


    The only people who are annoyed by President Clinton's presence are the desparate romnesiacs – and judging them by their actions, those people are the most ANTI-American mouth breathers in our history.

    November 2, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. kiwisepp

    where is Bush. Why is Bush hiding himself at this critical time

    November 2, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. JB

    Everything Bill Clinton says isn't credible...he has said he doesnt believe in Obama or his plan for America. His wife has said this as think he's going around doing this for free??? Come on people...he is doing it for the money, to get his fame again, and make sure his wife is in the limelight for election in the future. O wait...maybe not after all the truths come out about Benghazi!!! This president and this administration has been the worst thing for a struggling country known to mankind!!! Put your party aside people and figure it out!

    November 2, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Here are some of Bill Clinton’s quotes about Obama.... There are as relevant now as they were in 2008! It is what he REALLY believed about Obama!!!

    1. “The idea that one of these campaigns is positive and the other is negative when I know the reverse is true and I have seen it and I have been blistered by it for months is a little tough to take. Just because of the sanitizing coverage that’s in the media doesn’t mean the facts aren’t out there.” — Jan. 7, 2008; New Hampshire campaign stop

    2. “I think that they played the race card on me. We now know, from memos from the campaign, that they planned to do it all along.” — April 21, 2008, WHYY News Radio

    3. “In theory, we could find someone who is a gifted television commentator and let them run. They’d have only one year less experience in national politics.” — Dec. 15, 2007, PBS’s “Charlie Rose”

    4. “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” — Jan. 7, 2008, addressing Obama’s record on Iraq during a New Hampshire stop

    5. “Hillary’s opponent, in his entire campaign, every two or three weeks has said for months and months and months, beginning in Nevada, that really there wasn’t much difference in how America did when I was president and how America’s done under President Bush. Now, if you believe that, you should probably vote for him, but you get a very bad grade in history.” — April 17, 2008, Lock Haven, Pa., campaign speech

    6. “Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in ’84 and ’88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here.” — Jan. 26, 2008, to reporters in Columbia, S.C.

    7. “I mean, when’s the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running? I mean, he will have been a senator longer by the time he’s inaugurated, but essentially once you start running for president full time you don’t have time to do much else.” — Dec. 15, 2007, PBS’s “Charlie Rose”

    8. “Oh, I think yes.” – Dec. 20, 2011, Fox News, when asked if the media favored Barack Obama during the 2008 election.

    November 2, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    Well... sure looks like Bill Clinton is willing to totally destroy his credibility with the American people in order to try and save Obama. There must be something REALLY BIG in it for him or Hillary. The Obama campaign played the race card on the first black president. I doubt Slick Willy has ever forgot that. Heck, they've played the race card on most of the American electorate or certainly will when they lose next Tuesday.

    November 2, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Dylan Robnett

    If President Obama had kept his promises, our troops would have returned home more than three years ago, Guantanamo would be out of commission, and the American people would know that most of those who received stimulus funds were & are big time funders for Obama's campaign. Talk about hypocrisy...

    November 2, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. giftedgirl77

    Will it ever end? Thank goodness there is less than a week left of this madness. You can stick a fork in Romney he is done (his awful spray tan speaks for itself).

    Not to mention the fool running in PA who also to the abortion stance as all the other right wing nuts regarding rape only this time he was nice enough to say it comes down to fathers rights.

    I am beginning to think their is an entire ring of these freaks out there and they all need to be scrubbec out of politics. Religion has no place in politics.

    I guess Romney's camp is finally realizing that they are not going to swing enough votes eleswhere so might as well try a scrape some up elsewhere.

    As far as Clinton going there the Obama camp has plenty of big names thst come from respectable backgrounds (i.e. Powell, Clinton etc.) that sending someone over to PA is not that big of an issue. Besides it would be rude not to.

    November 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. JimRied

    Hillary has announced she is ditching Hussein! And not a peep about it from Certainly Not News. LOL

    November 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Expat American

    Let's bring it home in PA President Clinton!

    November 2, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. manboy

    Oboma in 2012

    November 2, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. jeff odette

    Bill Clinton is the best Pres this country ever had. FACT. Barack Obama is right there also. This romney is a DISGRACE. FACT!!!

    November 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    What? Bill Clinton running here and Bill Clinton running there with a Fire Extingusher putting out Brush Fires? Buutt, I thought the Annointed One had it all Sewn up. Well I always say, WHEN IN DOUBT, RUN IN CIRCLES, SCREAM AND SHOUT. Some pundents are trying as hard as they can to drag President Bush back into the (Rout) fight. I say it's gabye Obama. Fool me once shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me. Pull your heads out of the sand, it's about over. Say hello to Mitt.

    November 2, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. SHUT IT!

    I for one believe that Clinton was one of our best presidents and wish we could get him back. And I SERIOUSLY wish everyone could get over him cheating on his wife. WHO CARES??? NOT YOURS MINE OR ANYONE ELSES BUSINESS! That's between those 3 and shouldn't override the good he did. FOR ALL OF US!

    November 2, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Steve3662

    News flash Obama is not Clinton and Romney is not Bush. In such an important election why wouldn't anyone want to find out the truth on their own instead of listening to the ever growing bias media outlets. Some lean left and another right so why don't we demand they report the full facts instead of what they want for their agenda. CNN pads Obama Fox pads Romney. But if you look at both somewhere in the middle you find the truth with some investigation on your part too. Stop being sheep people it will the demise of our country.

    November 2, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. al in memphis

    When is Bush going to go out an campaign for Romney? They were both businessmen, both governors, both believe in the same tax policy, both interested in increasing military spending on things we are not going to use, both had a lot of the same advisers, etc.

    I'm not saying they are the same people (Bush wouldn't look you in the eye and lie), they are saying they are the same.

    November 2, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. anoel2005

    Bill Clinton is the most famous "womanizer" and the most famous LIAR in American history.

    It's telling that the Liar in Chief (Obama) chose Clinton to be his surrogate.

    November 2, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. anoel2005

    Bill Clinton is the most famous "womanizer" and the most famous LIAR in American history.

    Send out the clowns.

    November 2, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. manboy

    Obama N- 2012

    November 2, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Guest

    Seriously? "I have a 5 point plan....I'll tell you all about it AFTER you elect me."

    November 2, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. I Voted Early In NC

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx. That is the truth and so very funny.

    November 2, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. JT

    Obama will win is the best of both option..........

    November 2, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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