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

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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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Nameike umeh

    the swing states belong to him . we all know this.

    November 2, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Dave

    I realize a lot of people like Bill Clinton, but I have to think they have forgotten that he was found guilty of lying to Congress uder OATH, which is why he was actually impeached (just not removed from office), and why he lost his Law License for LIFE.

    November 2, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. nina

    to dave – but unfortunately, we don't know what the real mitt is like or guilty of.....he's avoided revealing his taxes, avoided talking to any media (may be once on cnn and once on fox news this year) and he's changed his position on every single issue since he's been running -he is the least transparant candidate i've ever seen run.
    -he also has proved he can lie with a straight face –

    November 2, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Justin

    If Bush had 8yrs to make a mess, Obama deserves 8 to pick up the mess.

    November 2, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. John Q Public

    I wish Slick Willie would just retire. Why is it we continually have to suffer listening to Carter and Clinton? All the others had the good sense to retire except these two, oh and the psychotic Al Gore, Mr Pres wannabe...

    November 2, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. cgire

    This is indeed a major election – an election highlighting two choices for change. The choices – incrementally build on the work that's been done, or throw everything out and start over from scratch.

    So, if you're not voting, you are leaving this critical decision to others. You're letting your neighbor vote for you. You're letting your grandpa vote for you. You're letting your ex-boyfriend vote for you. You're letting your crazy Uncle Charlie vote for you.

    Even if you believe the candidates' differences are not overwhelming, there is always a choice. Even if "you'd rather there was someone else," there is always a choice.

    And think about it – who benefits if they can keep you from voting?

    I'm not letting that happen with my vote.

    November 2, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Justin - If Bush had 8yrs to make a mess, Obama deserves 8 to pick up the mess.
    The only mess created was in the last two years when the Democrats took control of the House and Senate. Prior to that? 5o consecutive months of strong economic growth and LOW unemployment. Since then, 6 years of Democrat Economic DISASTER.

    We'll see if the country want to double down on on 4 more years of it next week. I doubt it but there are a LOT of dumb government dependent people in this country now. And many more thanks to Obama and his failed policies of the last 4 years.

    November 2, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. tammyk tammy

    Former President Clinton is always welcome in PA. I will be out on the streets in suburbs of Pittsburgh turning out the vote for Obama. It's not to late for supporters of the President to join us and volunteer a few hours. Get out and VOTE! OBAMA 2012 and HILLARY CLINTON 2016!!

    November 2, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    Waiting for George W. Bush to come make some stump speeches for Romney. Oh that's right, he already did... this morning in the Caymans.

    November 2, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    O-B-A-M-A12. Period. Mitt the twit is total disgrace to USA and world, shut down on FEMA. Flip-flop idiot. Watch You burst with laughter. This idiot is not even fit to be a cook in the white house kitchen. Period. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    November 2, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. marty rogers

    300 polling places in Pennsylvania still without power. We know the governor there is on record stating he wants new voter ID laws so he can hand the state to Romney. what are the odds this creep will try to keep voting very difficult in Bucks and Montgomery county surrounding Philadelphia and all areas east, mostly democratic and hardest hit by the hurricane. OBAMA GO TO PENNSYLVANIA, PHILLY SPECIALLY!

    November 2, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Nameruben vasquez

    It doesn't' make sense for any voter to consider voting for anyone but Obama. Considering the progress and momentum towards recovering from the damage and the injustices committed by the bush administation, a vote for Finnet will only encourage a disaster for our nation. It is evident that the platform is an empty promise sure to further delineate the rich from the poor with no middle class inbetween(the only reason for hope and dreams of success). The people will rise up and revolt against a romney Ryan to the extent of civil unrest and it scares the hello out of me and many of my friends and family. So choose Obama for the future of our nation and the preservation oh the middle class.

    November 2, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Tom Arnold

    Bruce springsteen a tax-dodging liberal hypocrite worth over $200 million who pretends to be a farmer to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on his property taxes that would have otherwise funded the welfare programs he pretends to care about. Bruce Springsteen pays over $138,000 a year in taxes for his three-acre home in Colts Neck, New Jersey. He owns another 200 adjoining acres. But because he has a part-time farmer come and grow a few tomatoes (organic, of course) and has horses, his tax bill on the remaining 200 acres is just $4,639 bucks. Do the math. By being a fake farmer, the working-class zero Springsteen is making a mint by robbing New Jersey of the antipoverty program funds he says they desperately need.

    November 2, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. jerry

    Sad day in America when the sitting President has a man of Clinton's character stumping for him. Sad beyond belief that clinton might even bring in votes and/or reelection for this failed president. God help us...

    November 2, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. ted

    Go Bill Go. Nothing like having the most popular former president out there stumping for Obama. See how many former prez are stumping for Willard – Zero.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 2, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Bill in Florida

    Four days before election day, a 4% lead for Obama = an Obama win in PA.

    November 2, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. JD

    I'm voting for president Obama because you people need him.

    November 2, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Forward


    November 2, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY


    can't wait till nov. 6th!

    according to the Floppy, election day is Novemer 7th

    November 2, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. JD

    Guess that "this is is when the earth begins to heal and the waters began to subside" didn't work out too well either.

    I'm voting for president Obama because I love Greek pillars.

    November 2, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. JD

    I'm voting for president Obama because without him, there would be no US auto industry. Except Ford. And GM after bankruptcy, and Chrysler and Saturn. Oh wait. That one did go away.

    November 2, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Just because Lyin Mutt has more ads, and more money, and tells bigger and stranger lies, doesn't mean he gonna change any minds. But I guess it will help keep people stay employed (which ticks mutt off).

    obama/biden 2012 -- I voted early and now help elderly and semi-invalid get to the polls to vote. I take my cell phone and take pics if anyone gives them any harrassment or intimidation. I have evidence. ha ha ha ha h haha ha ha

    So far they have just been "True the Vote" bullies, so no one was prevented from voting, but it may have been because of the pics. Who knows?

    November 2, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Jacklyn Deese

    Bill is protecting Hillary from Benghazi-gate.

    November 2, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Franky

    Well played Obama!!!!

    November 2, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Doomed Dems

    The democratic party is a joke: time to go! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!

    November 2, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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