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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  1. Paul Williamson

    To John Q Public
    Bill Clinton and jimmy Carter have devoted their lives after their presidencies to raising funds to help the poor in Africa and many other stricken areas, (such as Thailand's tsunami, Haiti, etc), helping eradicate diseases, along with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey. They could have just sat on their asses and ended up drunks like G. Bush junior, or most Republicans for that matter. These are truly capable men who use their talents to help those less fortunate around the globe.You would be fortunate if you were 1/10 the man thay are.

    November 2, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Dan J

    The Obama campaign accused the Romney campaign of being desperate for targeting Pennsylvania. So why did they dispatch their big guns to that state at the 11th hour?

    November 2, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Al

    The look on Bills face is awesome, looks like Monica is there yet again.

    November 2, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. ducky657

    One proven liar vouching for another liar–how proud you folks must be! Bill gets to troll for some new talent in a state BHO is supposedly up by a ton–we shall see in a few days–

    November 2, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. elizabeth halstead

    no matter what clinton did in the white house he has bush and obama beat by a mile

    November 2, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. jeff odette

    Bill Clinton is the best Pres. We ever had. Romney is a DISGRACE

    November 2, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. John

    I think this is mitts plan B.. When he loses Ohio hes toast unless he can Win Pennsylvania. With the Jeep to China Ads blowing back in Mitts face i think he is getting desperate trying for Pennsylvania.

    November 2, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Jay Dee

    and Bush didn't lie to congress ever?

    November 2, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. jkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    To have Clinton in pa just makes romney the tax cheat look even more incompetent !!!

    November 2, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Thanks Bil Clinton for supporting our President. Someone has to call out lying Mitt and Lying Ryan on all the blatenly false information in their ads and from their mouths

    November 2, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. fernace

    When the GOT-Party say "Take America Back," their supporters view it as taking us back to "conservative" values! Non-supporters view it as going back to W's failed policies or the 50's! I see it as taking us back to 1912, before unions, regulations, worker safety, child labor laws, womens voting rights, civil rights etc, when there was no equality & the poor bowed to the rich! I mean w/the catering to corporations, 1% & claims of deregulation, cutting funding, repealing, blocking & banning, it really seems to be the direction Romney/Ryan want to take us! It fits perfectly w/Ryan's Ayn Rand beliefs & Romney's 47% comment! A corporate plutocracy would further erode the middleclass, a very bothersome demographic to the 1%, because we believe we have equal worth & rights! I finally take Romney at his word, when he say's he has a "surprise" in store for us if he wins & am pretty sure it wont be a happy 1! That's why I choose to go Forward, to the Future w/Obama next Tuesday & for the next 4 years!!

    November 2, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Jim

    Let's hope and pray people listen to President Clinton as he attempts with all his heart to support President Obama. It would be totally depressing to see Romney and lyin Ryan lead this wonderful country. We need President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Please help us Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia and Iowa!

    November 2, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Canuck

    "If Obama wins, they will be able to bury the details of the Benghazi debacle forever"

    I agree with you it is shameful. Hoewever don't you think it pales in comparison with what the Republicans did during the Bush-Cheney era? Thousands were killed for a lie and none of Bush's evil gang have had to suffer any consequences for what they did – are you upset about that too? I sure am.

    November 2, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    They should have inpeached Gingrich committing the same crime he was accusing the president of doing. Republicans think they are untouchable.

    November 2, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Jim Leonard

    Can you libs come up with any real criticisms of Romney other than calling him a liar?

    November 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. tracey

    yes we need the national guards at every poll to watch the steeling and lying republican.who ever vote for mitt is stupid and dum and ignorant.all this bum do is lie, lie, lie he going straight to hell it sad to say. than talking about getting rid of fema. n cant'answer questions is this the bum u voters want in chair. he trying to steel out our pockets. lets go vote obama yes democrate lets do this.give obama more time. we gave it to that bum bush.november 6 vote obama.

    November 2, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. MRS

    Romney has not shown all of his tax returns; he has deliberately lied on Chrysler - Jeep is not going to China. Chrysler told him to stop and he keeps telling the lies. Surely Americans are not going to allow this man to get by with such immoral behavior. When is Romney ever going to tell us, in detail, any of his plans. His foreign policy speech was scary. I think he almost picked on every country around the world. Like we need anymore wars. The Bush wars nearly destroyed our economy, and President Obama had done his sincere best to help our country recover. Four more years, for the sake of our country. God Bless America!

    November 2, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Joke

    And Clinton is an Example of what? What is he about? The Clinton global initiative, should be American initiative. We should be taking care of our own first and only our our own. Not the bleeding immigrants who come here illlegally and suck us dry and expect to stand with us and duck like cowards when the sacrifices have to be made. We have such a class of weak political leaders who are just there for their own benefits.

    November 2, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Joke

    In reply to Florida Dem: Enjoy the free handouts after all freedom is starting to mean nothing.

    November 2, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. Jaded

    President Obama earned the right to complete his plan for our nation. 4 more years

    November 3, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. chuckles

    Mr. Bill is in for the close.

    He is solid.

    November 3, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  22. Rob

    Bill just loves to be in the limelight. He has no moral compass, but he will go where ever he thinks he can get attention. Wish the guy would just retire and build homes with Jimmy Carter (the most anti-american ex president the world has ever had)

    November 3, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. Andrew

    It was becoming increasingly clear that his poll numbers weren't improving in Ohio so Romney's best chances are to try and flip Pennsylvania. Clinton is an effective campaigner and that will definitely slow any momentum (if any) Romney gets in Pennsylvania in the days leading up to the election. All Obama has to do is win Ohio and hang on to the rest of the states. If Obama can win Florida (which is more likely than Romney winning Ohio), you can stick a fork in Romney.

    November 3, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  24. JT

    I believe Clinton said yes, because he thought he was going to the swinger states.

    November 3, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. Mary Lou

    Right on, Justin. And did anyone except me notice that while Romney blasts Obama for only accomplishing so much in 4 years and not giving him credit for saving us from how bad it could have gotten, Romney himself starts off asking for 8!

    November 3, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
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