Romney: I’m going to win Pennsylvania … in November

posted at 11:11 am on April 6, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Mitt Romney is feeling confident — not to say cocky. At the very same time that he downplayed his chances to win the Keystone State primary April 24, he expressed an expectant hope that he’ll win Pennsylvania in the general election:

“As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November,” Romney said at a small rally held on the roof of a downtown Harrisburg office building. “I’m going to win Pennsylvania in November.” …

Pennsylvania hasn’t voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988, but he expressed confidence that he could pick up the state’s 20 electoral votes this fall.

“The people of Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6, I believe will vote for me and give me the support I need to become the next president of the United States,” he said. …

As for the more pressing matter – the April 24 Republican primary showdown against Rick Santorum – Romney was careful not to overstate his chances.

“Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state, I think people expect the senator to win his home state,” he said. “But I’ll pick up a lot of delegates, and we have several other states with contests the same day – I hope to win all of those, and if I can win the others and pick up some delegates here, it will give me an even stronger lead.”

These juxtaposed remarks might be some of Mitt Romney’s most brilliant. At this point, he has every reason to expect that he’ll be the nominee. The math heavily favors him and prominent conservative figures in the Republican Party have, by their endorsements, anointed him “conservative enough.” Few folks are talking about a Rick Santorum comeback and even fewer are talking about a White Knight. As jarring as it might be to hear Romney jump over the last few months of the primary process to the general, then, he’s justified.

Furthermore, by focusing his predictions of victory on the general, he adds not only to his growing aura of inevitability, but to his growing aura of electability. He diminishes the importance of a Santorum victory. “So Santorum wins Pennsylvania?” Romney seems to be saying. “Everybody wins at home, but don’t think we need a Pennsylvanian to carry the swing state in the general election. Obama’s not from there — and he’s only further alienated ‘bitter clingers’ in Pennsylvania country.”

If Romney wins Pennsylvania in April — as at least one poll shows him poised to do — then so much the better for him.


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I can also make pigs fly except I can’t

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Here it comes.

Time for a coffee break, maybe wander out to the shop to see what all the noise is about.

Bishop on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Yeah, you sleaze bag. You have about as much fairness of play as that Gregg Williams cat with the New Orleans Saints. This guys makes me sick to my stomach.

mozalf on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mitt Romney is feeling … cocky.

And they say Mormans don’t have any fun.

davidk on April 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hi! I’m Mitt Romney and i expect to lose in Pennsylvania in November but I’m here anyway.

gerry-mittbot-can’t win with Tina

gerrym51 on April 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Who ever wins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wins PA.

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Regardless of primary outcome, the GOP wants every possible state in the general.

/btw, nothing “juxtaposed” there by Romney, Tina.

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I can also make pigs fly except I can’t

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So you’re saying you can’t fly.

reddevil on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

BTW, ahem, not to toot my own horn…but notice how the “Romney” heavy duty posters have “left”, or are no longer on the payroll and are not posting anymore…
Yeah, I picked them out…the one error is I said they would be gone after the election…but obviously their plug was pulled earlier than that.

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And they say Mormans don’t have any fun.

davidk on April 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Can’t think of anyone more fun than Harry Reid.

bntafraid on April 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

You’re becoming such a dumb, trite flame. But alas, maybe you should talk to Gov Corbett and Senator Toomey about your comment.

IR-MN on April 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Another angle.

The Obama campaign is fully operational, running ads in key swing states like OH, VA, FL and IA.

While Romney is forced to deal with the two ankle biters still in the race, his calender and money cant fight Obama toe to toe.

But as long as there are swing states on the calender, he can try to fight both fronts.

swamp_yankee on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I think this is Romney being nice to Santorum. Letting him save face and quit before Santo loses his home state.

BobScuba on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

If Romney beats Obama in Pennsylvania, then he’s looking at 300+ electoral votes.

aunursa on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You’re becoming such a dumb, trite flame. But alas, maybe you should talk to Gov Corbett and Senator Toomey about your comment.

IR-MN on April 6, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Check the turnout in both major cities were down thats why Corbett won.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

BTW, ahem, not to toot my own horn…but notice how the “Romney” heavy duty posters have “left”, or are no longer on the payroll and are not posting anymore…

Yeah, I picked them out…the one error is I said they would be gone after the election…but obviously their plug was pulled earlier than that.

which ones are they?

gerry-mittbot-dissapointed in not being heavy duty

gerrym51 on April 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Can’t think of anyone more fun than Harry Reid.

bntafraid on April 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Harry red is the smartest person I have seen in the entire cult.
He actually makes sense when he talks.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Wonder when lib 4 life crosses the line in the moderator’s minds here to SPAM. There’s a line between alternative view point and out and out trolling.

Marcus on April 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I can also make pigs fly except I can’t

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You can, if you buy yourself a plane ticket.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

LOL

Delusional…

Norwegian on April 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

“The people of Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6, I believe will vote for me and give me the support I need to become the next president of the United States,” he said…

“Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state, I think people expect the senator to win his home state,” he said.

Fairly impressive expectation setting by Romney…

… so if he loses PA, they will say that was just “expected” and no big deal (even after Romney’s supporters have gone on, ad nauseum, about how Santorum lost PA by 18 points last time he ran there…), but if Romney wins wins PA, they will say that’s a hugely unexpected win in a competitor’s home state.

“But I’ll pick up a lot of delegates, and we have several other states with contests the same day – I hope to win all of those, and if I can win the others and pick up some delegates here, it will give me an even stronger lead.”

A stronger lead? Yes.
The 1,144 pledged delegates required to clinch the nomination? No.

Yes, Santorum needs to win PA. And yes, if Romney wins there it is a pretty big deal. But it’s also a pretty big deal if Santorum wins PA, especially after every conceivable media and endorsement advantage has already been given to Romney.

If Romney is the “inevitable” candidate, then he should regularly be winning every state primary with 80% or more of the vote.

So far, Romney has less than 41% of the total votes case.

ITguy on April 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

could you “take care of” liberal4life also.

thank you

lol

gerrym51 on April 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Harry red is the smartest person I have seen in the entire cult. He actually makes sense when he talks.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Harry The Red is a dim bulb.

But I respect you for trying to hide the fact that he is a red.

swamp_yankee on April 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The white house Mr.Etch-a-sketch, repeat after me -the white house. Obama will take the other 56 states if you don’t.
I’d sugget you bring a copy of your turbo tax debates, that’ll get Obama laughing on the floor and damage his tough street organizer image.

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

PA is a pipe dream for Romney. Not gonna happen.

cdog0613 on April 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

So you’re saying you can’t fly.

reddevil on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

;) Beat me to it!

itsspideyman on April 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

All kidding aside — I want Obama out of the white house, and I appreciate that Mitt Romney is the GOP candidate.

But I look at Mitt Romney and all I can think of is what Han Solo said:

“I’ve got a baaad feeling about this!”

If and when Romney is the candidate, you Mittbotts better hope and pray unemployment goes back to 9% AND gas gets up to $5/gallon AND the market crashes the last week of October. Because with your guys’ deficiencies as a candidate and his lack of support from the base, that’s what it’s going to take.

Otherwise, Mitt can get a head start on those Viagra commercials.

shannon76 on April 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Harry red is the smartest person I have seen in the entire cult. He actually makes sense when he talks.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Cult.

Your snobbishness knows no bounds.

itsspideyman on April 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The only way Romney can beat Santorum in PA is to launch yet another massive negative campaign attack. The problem with this strategy is that he may alienate enough conservatives in the state to make it unlikely that he’ll beat Obama in November.

Cheetah1956 on April 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Drugs and alcohol are bad for you, but maybe you cannot use them as an excuse for that incoherent rant.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Romney: I’m going to win Pennsylvania . . . in November

Well, why shouldn’t Willard say that?

After all, he pays a lot of money to whole office buildings full of speechwriters, numbers-crunchers, political consultants, Bushies, and general all-purpose lackeys, and his well-paid crew will pretty much always tell Willard what he wants to hear, and suggest ideas to Willard that he himself wishes he had come up with.

Emperor Norton on April 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

He has John Kerry’s secret plans to win the war…er..free drugs, gay rights, illegal amnesties, waivers, a AGW climate protection dome, free Volts for all, just hang on until the oracle Etch-a sketch gets cranked up.

Actually, you asked a fair question -the GOP and their comdian punditry ought to have thaty answer…somewhere…hello?

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Santorum should have had enough sense to drop out of the race. Now he’ll have to suffer the embarrassment of losing in his home state. I’m not a fan of either Romney or Santorum but Rick seems to have an ego the size of Obama’s.

fogw on April 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Like it or not, Romney won this fair and square. I don’t recall even a single report of Romney dumping his own expansive wealth into the race – and those were commonplace in 2008.

I voted for Santorum here in MA, I will vote for Romney happily in the general.

BKennedy on April 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Not sure why everyone thinks PA is a pipedream. Democrats win PA because they get moderates in the Philly suberbs and the Pitt suberbs. If Romney can get them to either vote for him, or not vote for Obama, he has a shot in Philly. Especially with Republicans having a presence there (via the Governor and Senator), and having organization.

I even think NJ might be in play if Romney can tie Obama with Corzine, get Christie’s support (obvious), and win the counties that Christie won that went blue in 2012. The basis for that is that Menendez is not running as strongly as he should in NJ.

I think there are going to be surprises in this election. Romney will run strong in states democrats like L4L would be shocked to hear, and that will force Obama to spend money trying to hold those states, and in the process abandon states like NC and Indiana.

So, again, anyone under-estimating Romeny will be in for a rude awakening come November. He is going to have a lot of money to bring the fight to Obama, damage him, and have a chance to win states that Democrats will be shocked to learn Obama lost come Election night.

milcus on April 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Tina, can’t you do something about drunk Allah being on every thread? By the way Good Friday to you. You have done a great job covering in Ed’s absence. ; )

Bmore on April 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I hate to say this, but liberal4life is probably right here.

Anyone who thinks that Obama isn’t going to pull out all the stops in Philly and Pittsburgh, especially Philly, with ACORN and the New Black Panther Party pulling votes out of graveyards and dead voters lists, just doesn’t know how much of a criminal racket the Democratic Party has become.

Like Romney is going to send his high toned lawyers into NBP Party territory to issue peremptory challenges to Zombie votes.

That’ll be the day. Rendell will hold Philly’s votes back like Dick Daley did in 1960, to see how many zombie voters he needs to generate to counter the Romney votes in the “T” and the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Then the Dead Will Walk…for Obama.

Color Pennsylvania gone. Anyone who doesn’t see this coming can put on their “Nixon/Lodge in ’60″ buttons now and pray for a miracle.

victor82 on April 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Drugs and alcohol are bad for you, but maybe you cannot use them as an excuse for that incoherent rant.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Very astute personal attack…in lieu of rational, or fair and defensable answer.

Eo think it was considered that only the left gets blamed for that deceitful deflection-Alinsky stylet tactic…tsk..tsk!

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yeah, I picked them out…the one error is I said they would be gone after the election…but obviously their plug was pulled earlier than that.

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Money must be tight at Team Romney.

If Romney beats Obama in Pennsylvania, then he’s looking at 300+ electoral votes.

aunursa on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Which will only happen if we have al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood along with the Iranians, Chinese and Russians hitting the beaches along both the East and West coasts.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Oh noes! A candidate saying he’s going to win! Why, that lousy bastard! Who the hell does he think he is??!! That’s it. I will NOT vote for Romney.

Rational Thought on April 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

“NEW” Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman — no surprise, coming from the “Miss Me Yet” Bush family endorsed candidate.

Romney/Gillespie are not about to conduct “outreach” to constitutional conservatives. How does a Gillespie Sr. Advisor “compete across the country against a major Obama re-election effort” as if adding something that’s missing from Romney’s current representative image? No. Republican Party Leadership STATUS QUO.

Expect your voice to be heard by “Promise them anything; just get their votes!”? Where’s the financial security coming from the “Repo Men” candidate Obamalite, enabling more fiscal piracy at home and abroad, but with a smile as if raping tax payers to refund global economic fraud is a blessing.

“We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps, or maybe just not enough time working in the real world,” Romney said as he campaigned Thursday. He’d said much the same thing Tuesday night after his primary wins.

“He’s so out of touch with the American people that he doesn’t see how many people are struggling amidst his policies,” Romney said Wednesday night as he campaigned in Broomall.

Truth cuts both ways, Romney. As per working in the real world, WHOSE real world? REPO MEN: No distinction when ultimate push comes to shove. When talking about the “real world” to taxpaying middle class Americans, Romney is as out-of-touch as Obama. Imagine, being born and raised by George Romney, given EVERY FINEST EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY to prepare for life. And all Mitt has to show for it is personal wealth both inherited and from corporate raiding, his best contribution to America: STAPLES retailing outsourced American manufactured goods and child care for working mothers. That’s as good as an Ivy League education produces these days, the best that the entire Republican Party Leadership endorses, having NOTHING to do with constitutional integrity, btw. Only based upon garnering person wealth via Meritocracy guaranteed investment returns for corporate raider Board Members who, when THEY fail, raid pension funds rather than lose opportunistic profit that they DESERVE so much more than peon workers. Not so far removed in principle/principal from the global economic scam overwhelming national sovereignty right now. And therein, Mitt Romney’s loyalties are not with the rank and file American taxpaying working class whom Romney presumes the MERITOCRACY authority to rule.

PRIMARY ELECTION determines not simply the ticket candidate but settles the party agenda. Vote Mitt: submission to Keynesian economic rape and loss of Liberty. It is NOT GENERAL ELECTION YET. The choice right now is not “predestined” authoritarianism unless you forfeit free will and the US Constitution as the determining factor is elections.

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

itsspideyman on April 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

L4L and Portia are likely married or one and the same….

Bradky on April 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

New world for Romney, the all-but-certain nominee

By KASIE HUNT (AP)

referenced above

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

All kidding aside — I want Obama out of the white house, and I appreciate that Mitt Romney is the GOP candidate.

But I look at Mitt Romney and all I can think of is what Han Solo said:

“I’ve got a baaad feeling about this!”

If and when Romney is the candidate, you Mittbotts better hope and pray unemployment goes back to 9% AND gas gets up to $5/gallon AND the market crashes the last week of October. Because with your guys’ deficiencies as a candidate and his lack of support from the base, that’s what it’s going to take.

Otherwise, Mitt can get a head start on those Viagra commercials.

shannon76 on April 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yep, agreed. Notice all the good spin on financial news lately — and Romney’s own statement that the economy is improving. Take away that economic campaign issue, and what does Romney have left?

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Who ever wins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wins PA.

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Clearly you know Jack Q Shiite about PA politics. It’s not who wins Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. It’s who wins Delaware, Montgomery, and Washington Counties.

But by all means… set 0′s campaign goal as winning Philadelphia County. I’m sure that will work out just fine for you.

JohnGalt23 on April 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Don L on April 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Can your psychiatrist or the other voice in your head understand your incoherent,spelling ,grammatical and logic challenged rants.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

The only way Romney can beat Santorum in PA is to launch yet another massive negative campaign attack. The problem with this strategy is

except that’s not what Romney said or expects. Reading is fundamental.

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

prominent conservative figures in the Republican Party have, by their endorsements, anointed him “conservative enough.”

And I feel filthy for admitting this, but I agree with them. I dunno, I guess the fact that the alternative is four more years of hopenchange made me feel better about Romney.

Mr. Prodigy on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Which will only happen if we have al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood along with the Iranians, Chinese and Russians hitting the beaches along both the East and West coasts.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

As long as he covers the 8 point national spread…

JohnGalt23 on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

As long as he covers the 8 point national spread…

JohnGalt23 on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Sorry, won’t happen. He’ll lose by 9 at least. I’m thinking 54-43-3 myself.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Can your psychiatrist or the other voice in your head understand your incoherent,spelling ,grammatical and logic challenged rants.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

meant to put it as an assertion:
Not even your psychiatrist or the other voice in your head can understand your incoherent,spelling ,grammatical and logic challenged rants.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

BTW, ahem, not to toot my own horn…but notice how the “Romney” heavy duty posters have “left”, or are no longer on the payroll and are not posting anymore…
Yeah, I picked them out…the one error is I said they would be gone after the election…but obviously their plug was pulled earlier than that.

right2bright on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Au contraire, toot away and thank you!! Some of them were really offensive and inappropriate even if they were Romney supporters.

mozalf on April 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

No way Romney wins PA in the general. Not a chance in hades.

McDuck on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

After Israel bombs the Iranians back to before the stone age, gas will rise to over $6 a gallon and Barry Soetoro will get the blame.

Barry will also blame Israel for acting “unilaterally without the approval of the UN”, thus sending a few million more Jewish votes to Mitt. This will bury Barry in a few swing states and, voila, no more SCoaMF.

“By any means neccessary!”*

* – just quoting the brothas

Metal Head on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

“conservative enough.”

Only via the illogical convoluted coin pun on “alternative”. Gee, flip a coin as if to expose the alternative to that same coin.

Neither rational nor convincing: a coin (of limited value) with two sides is the conservative alternative to itself.

A sucker is born every minute.

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

can also make pigs fly except I can’t

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

…I can’t say you sleep with them…cause it’s Tina’s thread…and you’re first again…and while others think it’s someone else on the staff…I mentioned it might be her fiance yanking our chain…

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

No one ever one the big prize by displaying a lack of confidence.

Especially when his opponent on the Democrat size is a worthless, unproductive buttmunch.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Philly is pretty much the same as it ever was, and Pittsburgh is definitely not the problem for Republicans. Whatever small victory a Democrat takes out the city will be immediately wiped out and reversed in the very conservative suburbs and surrounding counties that go 2-1 R.

The problem in PA is the heavily populated Philly suburbs that used to be conservative, but now vote overwhelmingly Democrat. Montgomery County, Delaware County are massive problems and Chester and Bucks are not what they used to be either.

Romney’s hope will be to destroy Obama in Western PA as expected, reverse Obama’s big wins in Wilkes-Barre Scranton and some other medium sized cities and do damage control in the Philly burbs.

forest on April 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The political ignorance of some bloggers is mind-boggling. PA has always been a swing state. But the dummy Republicans kept running red staters from the sunbelt–and then wondered why they kept losing the state. The point of winning a general election is not to win red states that go in the GOP column no matter whom we nominate, it’s to win a general election–which means no Southern or Western good ol’ boy is going to sweep the states that really matter. Romney’s a good fit–just as Rudy was a good fit for PA in 2008. The evangelical crowd might not think so–but they speak only for themselves, not the rest of the country and not for PA. They are still griping about Mitt–and doing all they can to weaken him to justify their own political blindness. But he’s on his way to winning in November and PA will be the means to victory.

writeblock on April 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Romney can win PA

I’m from suburban Philly and he has strong support and popular incumbents In Congress(Gerlach, Runyan- go birds, Meehan, Fitzpatrick) to boost GOP GOTV

Obama will win Philly by a 300,000 margin but if Romney runs strong in Mont, Delaware and Chester Cos he takes the state.

Dems are scared. Ed Rendell thinks PA isnt a Dem firewall anymore

corujodp on April 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“It’s not who wins Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. It’s who wins Delaware, Montgomery, and Washington Counties. ”

Even a huge swing in those counties alone will not be enough to make up the 620K vote deficit Barry had over McCain in ’08.

cdog0613 on April 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Color Pennsylvania gone. Anyone who doesn’t see this coming can put on their “Nixon/Lodge in ’60″ buttons now and pray for a miracle.

victor82 on April 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

That’s how all the great battles were won, by conspiracy theory based pessimism, seven months prior.

NoDonkey on April 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

And I feel filthy for admitting this, but I agree with them. I dunno, I guess the fact that the alternative is four more years of hopenchange made me feel better about Romney.

Mr. Prodigy on April 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Well, you see, that’s the problem. That is good enough for most people who generally vote Republican. But it’s not going to be good enough to put Romney over the top with everyone else. It’s going to be similar to 2008: I would imagine in all seriousness that Romney will get pretty much the share of the conservative vote that McCain got — and in the end that’s just about all McCain had. I just think the independents are going to break in a big way for Obama — which will be deliciously ironic, since the main reason we’ve been given for nominating Romney was his supposed appeal to indies.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Or Romney is simply trying to give Santorum a merciful opening for him to bow out after the Easter holiday instead of pummeling him?

Romney will of course put his boot back on his throat if he doesn’t make the right choice, but I wouldn’t read into this that Romney is worried. The race is over, whether Santorum wants to recognize or not is up to him.

Even if Santorum wins PA (he won’t) Romney will still walk away with more delegates from the state, to say nothing of NY, CT, DE, RI, where he he’ll easily sweep the rest.

Also, PA has a Republican Governor and a Republican Senator, with Obama in the low 40′s. Romney can absolutely win there in the General, especially with Obama trying to destroy the coal industry.

BradTank on April 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

By the way, I’m from PA and I can tell you–Romney’s tailor-made for the Philly suburbs–which is where the crucial votes will be. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will go to Obama. The rest of the state is largely Republican. It’s the Philly suburbs that will make the difference.

writeblock on April 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Check the turnout in both major cities were down thats why Corbett won.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

LOL! So, your logic is that the liberal sheeple stayed home? Why? And why will these same sheeple get out of their government provided housing, color TVs and condoms to vote in November?

kirkill on April 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

drivel4life isn’t any worse than the professional Romney haters who are supposed to be all concerned about getting Obama out of office.

Thread after thread, it’s the same old anti-Romney garbage. So much bitterness, and it’s becoming so tiresome, especially since it’s clear that Romney is going to be the nominee. Fortunately, the TrueCon nasties may dominate HA, but they are small in number in the national electorate–which may be why they are so resentful and bitter.

Milcus is right–the Philly suburbs are as important as the city itself, whose AA voters may not be all that enthused about turning out for The One this time around. And the more upscale suburbs are prime Romney territory.

Meredith on April 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Tina,

Your headline I think is a bit misleading. Which is shocking since you’ve always been so fair minded in your coverage (sarcasm off) He said he “wants” to win PA in November. A little different than predicting that he will. I’m not sure about November for PA but there’s a good chance he could win the primary in PA. The fact that it’s even close there should tell you all you need to know. It’s over Tina. The brokered convention is the only way your buddy Rick can win. And it’s not going to happen. Yep it sucks. I am not a huge Romney guy either. But it’s time to face a bit of reality.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

If Romney beats Obama in Pennsylvania, then he’s looking at 300+ electoral votes.

aunursa on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

More like 350+ electoral votes. Pennsylvania hasn’t exactly been a legitimate battleground state for Republican Presidential candidates lately, so a Republican win there in November would be an indication of a lot of states that didn’t go for McCain in 2008 flipping.

Steve Eggleston on April 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

No way Romney wins PA in the general. Not a chance in hades.

McDuck on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Maybe. Maybe not.

Even were it up to corruption, if not by seduction. How much can Mitt buy with “Promise them anything”, who counts the Penn. votes along route to state announcement, and is the Gov. Republican for electoral tabulations?

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Romney has a good shot at winning on April 24. Santorum’s support of turncoat liberal Arlen Specter will come back to haunt him. I’m surprised I haven’t yet seen a Romney ad associating Rick with Snarlin’ Arlen. PA has gone purple, so November looks decent as well. ABO.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

A Romney win in PA in November is not really inconceivable. PA has a republican governor, a GOP senator and a republican majority in the state house. It probably depends on how well Romney can present his case, organize and get out the votes.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Newt Gingrich won his state, I won my state,

Which one? LOL

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

gone

maverick muse on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM

How exactly is repeating a quote “misleading”?

Steve Eggleston on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A Romney win in PA in November is not really inconceivable.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

No, it’s like a Romney win in general. Conceivable, but unlikely.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

PA republican thugs wanted to change the rules of the game because they even acknowledge the obvious. Obama will win the state!

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

His confidence is more appealing than the 2008 race when
McCain was so wienie whinie that Palin had to carry the race
for him.

Anything can happen. If enough people are disgusted with the
current “Obama Regime” then they should vote for Romney if he is
the repub candidate. To do anything else would be stupid.

But then, voters aren’t necessarily known for smarts. Knee
jerk reaction, yes. Smarts, not so much.

Amjean on April 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

I just think the independents are going to break in a big way for Obama — which will be deliciously ironic, since the main reason we’ve been given for nominating Romney was his supposed appeal to indies.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Have you seen 0webamas polling with indies?

He’s also losing or lost the huge amount of young voters who got swept up by obamania last time. That thrill is gone. He’s probably going to lose some Reagan dems. Many dems will stay home as well as there’s a lack of excitment about Barry this time. That’s why I think Romney in this case is a positive. He’s not as polarizing a figure as Santorum or Newt. Some dems would turn out just to vote against Santorum or Newt. Not so much with Mitt and they’ll stay home. There will be stay at homes on both sides, but I think if you look at Indies and Regan Dems it will be enough to put Mittens over the top.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Romney’s hope will be to destroy Obama in Western PA as expected, reverse Obama’s big wins in Wilkes-Barre Scranton and some other medium sized cities and do damage control in the Philly burbs.

forest on April 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

What’s the polling on Romney vs Obama in PA right now?

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Have you seen 0webamas polling with indies?

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, it’s better than Romney’s.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

PA republican thugs wanted to change the rules of the game because they even acknowledge the obvious. Obama will win the state!

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

With Romney as an opponent, they’ll wash and most in PA won’t want to rock the boat by changing in mid-stream. Let alone give the republicans control over all 3: House, Senate, & White House if we don’t offer them a contrasting reason to make a change.

mozalf on April 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM
How exactly is repeating a quote “misleading”?

Steve Eggleston on April 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Ahhh, Steve, Look at the headline. “Romney I am Going To Win PA In November”

And the actual quote…“As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November,”

Someone perusing the headlines might look at it and say. Geez. Sounds a bit cocky Mitt. When he actually said he’d like to. So she didn’t “repeat” the quote. She changed it.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Hey liberal4life what makes your wrist more sore, stroking us or yourself?

What a waste of oxygen and bandwidth.

fogw on April 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

…ok^…now ^ I’ll play again!

Who ever wins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wins PA.

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

….oh!…you’re not going to enlighten us?

Check the turnout in both major cities were down thats why Corbett won.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

…and something is going to be different this time?

Harry red is the smartest person I have seen in the entire cult.
He actually makes sense when he talks.

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM

…when a religious bigot can say that about Harry Reid…then you are evidence that severe head closed trauma patients, can afterward… somewhat survive in basements!
I imagine if you could change your own diaper…mom might let you out of the basement!

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Who ever wins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wins PA.

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

The suburbs of these cities have a much higher population and that’s how Romney will win these urban areas.

Half of Philly is on public assistance, so Obummer will win the city outright. Don’t count on a sure win for Barry elsewhere. It’s the economy, stupid.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A big swing in in the Philly/Pitt suburbs alone will make it close, but not enough to beat Barry. Romney will need to at least make up SOME of the vote in the urban area to have a viable chance. Bush did fairly well in the suburbs in ’04 and still came up short.

cdog0613 on April 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Who ever wins Pittsburgh and Philadelphia wins PA.

How does he plan on winning these 2 cities?

liberal4life

Mitts supporters will show up to drive away the New Black Panthers. Problem solved.

Zaggs on April 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Also Penn is a big coal state, Obama has been killing coal. So kill Obama’s re-election in Penn.

Zaggs on April 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The one thing I will say is that Mitt can at least force Barry to spend alot more than he wanted to secure PA. That is for sure.

cdog0613 on April 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Ahhh, Steve, Look at the headline. “Romney I am Going To Win PA In November”

And the actual quote…“As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November,”

Someone perusing the headlines might look at it and say. Geez. Sounds a bit cocky Mitt. When he actually said he’d like to. So she didn’t “repeat” the quote. She changed it.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Let’s repeat the quote from above:

“As you know I want to win Pennsylvania in November,” Romney said at a small rally held on the roof of a downtown Harrisburg office building. “I’m going to win Pennsylvania in November.” …

You left off the second sentence of said quote. Tina left off the first.

Steve Eggleston on April 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Yeah, it’s better than Romney’s.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Right now it is. Indies are indies because they historically are not loyal to one party. But they also are generally not as politically involved because of that. So those numbers will come up I think for Mitt. I think Mitt should be able to have a field day with Barry’s records at the debates and ads. Polls are a fickle thing. Heck 2 months ago Newt Gingrich was leading all the polls.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I don’t think he’s worried about the PA primary vote anyway because it has no bearing on delegates. The delegates in PA are not awarded according to that vote.

So she didn’t “repeat” the quote. She changed it.

It is her typical anti-Romney, pro-Santorum spin.

The math heavily favors him

More importantly, the math has for all practical purposes eliminated everyone else. Neither Santorum or Gingrich has any realistic shot of winning and at this point the chances of them preventing Mitt from being nominated are in “asteroid falling in my lap” territory as far as possibility.

So continuing this conversation about the nominees is actually a waste of time, energy, and money and only serves to help Obama in the fall elections. Which might actually be the hidden agenda.

crosspatch on April 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

You left off the second sentence of said quote. Tina left off the first.

Steve Eggleston on April 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I guess it’s all about context. Not a biggie. I do think Romney can win PA. Especially after the keystone pipeline mess and 0webamas attack on coal. Probably not real big point makers in PA.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

PA republican thugs wanted to change the rules of the game because they even acknowledge the obvious. Obama will win the state!

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

…WTF rules were changed?
You don’t get any fiber do you?
The waste lodges in your head instead of your colon!
You are main-lining Metamucil and that is what is filing your diaper. It’s artificial like you.
Real fiber will clear the turds from your brain.

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Who knows if Romney wins Pennsylvania or not, but the goal is to make Obama work extremely hard to defend it. Plus, he’ll be sending the Duke of Delaware to further humiliate himself and potentially unleash a fatal gaffe.

Libs should be very nervous about November.

EMD on April 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Even a huge swing in those counties alone will not be enough to make up the 620K vote deficit Barry had over McCain in ’08.

cdog0613 on April 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Fortunately, those counties don’t exist in a vacuum. If 0 loses them, it will mean he is not winning Philly by 300-400k (which he needs to do to win). It also mean that Bucks, Chester, Berks, and some of the rural counties are going more GOP than usual.

JohnGalt23 on April 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Independents in PA will break for Mitt, no problem.

Philly on April 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I think Mitt should be able to have a field day with Barry’s records at the debates and ads. Polls are a fickle thing. Heck 2 months ago Newt Gingrich was leading all the polls.

Minnfidel on April 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

That’s another problem. The Mitt fans seem to think that media coverage and treatment of him is going to be pretty much static throughout — in other words, going up against Obama is going to be pretty much like going up against Newt or Santorum. Boy, are they in for a rude awakening.

ddrintn on April 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I can also make pigs fly except I can’t

liberal4life on April 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You can, if you buy yourself a plane ticket.

galtani on April 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

brilliantly wicked :)…but then you forget that people like l4l expects you/us to pay for their plane tickets…

jimver on April 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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