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In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency
The New York Times ^ | November 1, 2012 | JEREMY W. PETERS

Posted on 11/02/2012 12:13:46 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota

PHILADELPHIA — First there was quiet. Then came the “super PACs.” Now the candidate is on his way.

In a striking last-minute shift, the Romney campaign has decided to invest its most precious resource — the candidate’s time — in a serious play to win Pennsylvania.

Mr. Romney’s appearance here on Sunday could be a crafty political move to seriously undercut President Obama, or it could be a sign of desperation. Either way, his visit represents the biggest jolt yet in a state that was until recently largely ignored in the race for the White House.

Over the last several days, with polls showing Mr. Obama’s edge in the state narrowing, Republicans have sprung into action and forced the Democrats to spend resources here that could have gone toward more competitive battleground states.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2012; gop; romney
In one, a young woman asks her friend about Mitt Romney. “I don’t know. He’s not as cool. And he’s a Republican,” she responds before deciding that yes, she will go with “Mr. Dependable” over “Mr. Cool.”

For an article printed in the New York Times, this seems pretty hopeful.

1 posted on 11/02/2012 12:13:53 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Obama may well be cool. But we need a man not a man-child. Cool be damned.


2 posted on 11/02/2012 12:16:44 PM PDT by all the best (`~!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Mr. Romney’s appearance here on Sunday could be a crafty political move to seriously undercut President Obama, or it could be a sign of desperation.

No Slimes, it is not 'a sign of desperation' but confidence. It is however, a sign of the New York Times whining and worry.

3 posted on 11/02/2012 12:17:07 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: LucianOfSamasota
“It’s a little tighter than I would have expected,” said Jef Pollock, a pollster for Priorities U.S.A. Action, a Democratic super PAC. “But the question is whether this is just the natural tightening that’s going to happen.”

Oh dear, lacking confidence in public, are we? How do those internals of yours look, Jef?
4 posted on 11/02/2012 12:20:36 PM PDT by verum ago (Some people must truly be in love, for only love can be so blind.)
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To: Red Steel

Dont know why the Times would say it was desperate. Romney has more money than Obama. He could just pay for a fleet of buses to transport people to polls in Ohio or Iowa, plus pay for dinner and a babysitter.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 12:21:03 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Red Steel

Why would the run to PA if they were desperate? Wouldn’t another state be more winnable? I mean PA hasn’t went Red in two decades.


6 posted on 11/02/2012 12:21:28 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Forced to respond, the Obama campaign has put more than $1.5 million into an ad campaign here and is planning even more. Democrats are saying that the race is much closer than they would have guessed just a week ago.

Why would the Democrats spend money unless they were really afraid of losing?

7 posted on 11/02/2012 12:23:23 PM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: LucianOfSamasota
In one, a young woman asks her friend about Mitt Romney. “I don’t know. He’s not as cool. And he’s a Republican,” she responds before deciding that yes, she will go with “Mr. Dependable” over “Mr. Cool.”

For an article printed in the New York Times, this seems pretty hopeful.


I showed that ad to my Canadian wife. One of the things she liked about it was the obviously fake sparkle in Mitt's teeth at the end. To her, that meant they were just having fun, and weren't taking themselves too seriously. The real joke, of course is that Romney is far from dependable and Obama is not cool. Nonetheless, the ads were well done, and may do their job with the target audience: undecided women.
8 posted on 11/02/2012 12:23:38 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Red Steel

Cool, as in Benghazi executioner.


9 posted on 11/02/2012 12:27:41 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Tom Smith is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania. He has a chance of beating Casey and I’m praying he does. He comes from the world of coal and farming and made his money in coal. He is not a lawyer. A good man to donate to.

Romney’s coattails can pull Tom Smith over the top!


10 posted on 11/02/2012 12:27:51 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: Red Steel

They just write what Asselrod tells them to.


11 posted on 11/02/2012 12:28:11 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
From the article: Mr. Romney’s appearance here on Sunday could be a crafty political move to seriously undercut President Obama, or it could be a sign of desperation.

Yes.

+ Could be they see PA as more in play

- Could be desperation time and Romney sees need to pre-empt Ohio as the make or break state...

12 posted on 11/02/2012 12:28:20 PM PDT by Colofornian (Some say "we're not voting 4 'pastor-in-chief'" --as if "gods-in-embryo" were divine only on Sundays)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
But there is a tangible sense — seen in Romney yard signs on the expansive lawns of homes in the well-heeled suburbs, and heard in the excited voices of Republican mothers who make phone calls to voters in their spare time — that the race is tilting toward Mr. Romney.

Well, Slimes, it isn't just well-heeled suburbs. I live in a working class suburb with the average home price of around $140K, if that. There is one, single solitary jag-off with an Obama sign and scores of us with RR signs in our low-end neighborhood.

Interestingly, the Obama sign is one of the most expensive homes in the neighborhood. We suppose them to be an elitist who works for Fedzilla.

13 posted on 11/02/2012 12:28:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: snarkytart
Why would the run to PA if they were desperate?

If he doesn't think Ohio is winnable, then PA might be his only hope. I pray this is not the case. I want 270 EVs, not a bunch of states where we were "close".

14 posted on 11/02/2012 12:29:39 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ( For AMERICA's sake: Vote for the Mormon, NOT the muslim; The Capitalist, NOT the Communist! FUBO!)
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To: snarkytart

Because they believe they can win PA. Because they got Ohio wrapped up. Because they are expanding their winning error margin campaigning in former OBot states. Because they don’t believe the DUmb media polls that jerk you guys around so easily.

You gotta know how to win, and people here love to fret about losing.


15 posted on 11/02/2012 12:30:03 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: dennisw

I’m thinking it more likely that Tom Smith’s coattails could pull Romney over the finish line here. I haven’t seen a single Casey sign in our neighborhood. Even on the lawn of the jag-off with the Obama sign.


16 posted on 11/02/2012 12:31:14 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
If he doesn't think Ohio is winnable, then PA might be his only hope.

No, the internals favor Romney in taking Ohio.

17 posted on 11/02/2012 12:31:34 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: snarkytart
"Why would the run to PA if they were desperate? Wouldn’t another state be more winnable? I mean PA hasn’t went Red in two decades."

Exactly!

I think part of this strategy, to target Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota, is to force Obama to defend these states and not spend the final weekend in Ohio.

18 posted on 11/02/2012 12:31:47 PM PDT by magellan
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Romney demonstrated in the primaries that he knows how to close.

He does his due diligence, unlike a childish, jug-eared, village communist.

19 posted on 11/02/2012 12:32:25 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

             

20 posted on 11/02/2012 12:38:59 PM PDT by tomkat ( TRAIT├śRS should HANG)
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To: Red Steel

No kidding...

Paul Ryan is going to Minnesota on Sunday for God’s sake!!

Would be completely pointless if they weren’t confident in their standing in other important States.

R/R are going for a EV MANDATE now.


21 posted on 11/02/2012 12:39:27 PM PDT by MNlurker
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this Ø not this Ø .. forgot, no html in tags, dammit


22 posted on 11/02/2012 12:42:04 PM PDT by tomkat ( TRAIT├śRS should HANG)
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To: snarkytart
Here below is no BS, but hard data that shows you and everyone else Obama is looking like toast in Ohio. It is better than all the public medial polls by Ras, Gallup, PPP, Quinnipiac, LSDNBC and rest of the clownish media polling groups that you see spooning you BS. :

"OH: Early Vote down 370,000 from 08
Twitter ^ | LS from Twitter

Posted on Friday, November 02, 2012 10:54:34 AM by LS

RT @justkarl: Early voting in OH. 2008: 1,628,013. 10/30/12: 1,257,320.

Again, Obama won 08 by 260,000 and piled up a 20 point lead in early voting. Still think it will be close?"

23 posted on 11/02/2012 12:43:15 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: VanDeKoik
Dont know why the Times would say it was desperate.

They would suggest it may signal that Romney is giving up on Ohio (and maybe other states) and is pinning his hopes on a real long shot, PA. That would be sort of desperate if that's what's going on. Or it could be that he feels his chances in PA are at least as strong as his chances in OH and he wants a shot to take one or both of the two. That's strategy, not desperation. Which is it? Probably we'll find out on election day.

24 posted on 11/02/2012 12:45:40 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: dennisw

Obamies coattails may pull the Senate off the cliff.

Pray for America


25 posted on 11/02/2012 12:48:57 PM PDT by bray (Nov 6, tell Obama to Stand Down!)
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To: Vigilanteman

You might be right! I have family in PA who tell me what is going on


26 posted on 11/02/2012 12:50:08 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Where will Romney be in PA on Sunday? I would love to go and support him.


27 posted on 11/02/2012 12:51:20 PM PDT by Keen-Minded
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If you want on/off the PA Ping List, please freepmail me.

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!


28 posted on 11/02/2012 1:07:09 PM PDT by randita
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To: Keen-Minded

Romney will be in Morrisville, PA - Shady Brook Farms on Sunday.

2:30 doors open

5:30 event

They must be expecting a large crowd with that kind of fill up time.


29 posted on 11/02/2012 1:09:46 PM PDT by randita
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Mr. Romney’s appearance here on Sunday could be a crafty political move to seriously undercut President Obama, or it could be a sign of desperation

LOL! Slimes is whistling past the graveyard!

30 posted on 11/02/2012 1:22:07 PM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: randita; Keen-Minded

It’s Lower Makefield ,go to the website to get tickets.

http://newtown-pa.patch.com/articles/morning-call-romney-coming-to-shady-brook-farm-sunday


31 posted on 11/02/2012 1:24:20 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: LucianOfSamasota

Cool as in he shuts down coal electric plants so we all freeze in the dark.


32 posted on 11/02/2012 1:29:42 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: pepsi_junkie

I see it as desperation. If he doesn’t need PA to win, why come here? The only reason to leave OH is if it’s lost. Even if he was ahead in OH, he should stay there just to be certain, rather than dump money into a potential black hole in PA. How would he explain wasting money in PA if he lost it and also lost OH by a tiny margin?

If OH is lost, the best way to make up for OH is with CO, WI and NH. McCain/Palin campaigned their butts off in PA and had a huge loss. And no Republican’s won here since 1988. WI has a worse track record, but Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are good cards to play.

Romney could also go for CO, NH, NV and IA instead of PA, OH or WI. NV and IA have voted for the Republican Prez as recently as 2004. And CO and NH have been polling well for Romney.


33 posted on 11/02/2012 1:32:05 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
or it could be a sign of desperation.

LOL. What a joke. The NYT had to put that in there to throw a small bone to its readers to keep them committing suicide out of despair.

34 posted on 11/02/2012 1:41:05 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: JediJones

Romney will be back here in Iowa tomorrow for his umpteenth visit.

The PAC and his radio ads have been wall-to-wall over the last week.


35 posted on 11/02/2012 1:42:47 PM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: JediJones
The only reason to leave OH is if it’s lost. Even if he was ahead in OH, he should stay there just to be certain, rather than dump money into a potential black hole in PA. How would he explain wasting money in PA if he lost it and also lost OH by a tiny margin?

Because we have seen enough of him in Ohio. Romney is in Cincinnati tonight. Cleveland on Sunday (before he heads to PA) and Columbus on Monday. Paul Ryan will be in Youngstown on Monday too.

So let them do a PA trip, a Minnesota trip, a Wisconsin trip. This is like when Obama went to Indidana and Virginia where no D had won since 1964.

Also, Obama has little to no paid staff in PA. bwahahaha. Unlike Ohio where there are a ton of them.

36 posted on 11/02/2012 2:00:44 PM PDT by NeoCaveman ("If I had a son he'd look like B.O.'s lunch" - Rin Tin Tin)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

later in life, it would be interesting to see how these two end up, one whose preference in men runs to ‘Mr Cool’ and one whose preference in men runs to ‘Mr Dependable’. One will married to a man who is a good father and has his home paid for, the other will be a single mom with three kids from three different ‘Mr Cools’, and dead broke with ruined credit living in a HUD apartment.


37 posted on 11/02/2012 3:00:19 PM PDT by nobamanomore
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