On the heels of its super PAC doing the same, Mitt Romney [http://www.mcall.com/topic/politics/government/mitt-romney-PEPLT007376.topic]‘s campaign is buying up air time in Pennsylvania for the final few days of the race. It will be the first time Romney has made an ad buy in the state after canceling a major purchase ahead of the April primary because Rick Santorum [http://www.mcall.com/topic/politics/government/rick-santorum-PEPLT005783.topic], its biggest competition, backed out.
Both camps have a different spin on the expanded map. Romney’s team says momentum is making traditionally blue states competitive. The Obama [http://www.mcall.com/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic] people say its desperation because the Republican path to 270 electoral votes is so narrow.
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“With one week to go, and 96% of the vote [http://earlyreturns.post-gazette.com/home/early-returns-posts/4979-romney-camp-ads-in-pa-too] on the table on Election Day in Pennsylvania, this expansion of the electoral map demonstrates that Governor Romney’s momentum has jumped containment from the usual target states and has spread to deeper blue states that Chicago never anticipated defending,” Rich Beeson, Romney’s political director, wrote in a memo.
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The Obama campaign responded with a quote from Gov. Ed Rendell [http://www.mcall.com/topic/politics/government/edward-g.-rendell-PEPLT00007692.topic], who has been warning for months that the Romney team could make a last minute play for the state.
“Let me make myself clear: President Obama will win Pennsylvania, and Mitt Romney’s attempt to make a play for this state is more of a sign of desperation on his part than anything else,” Rendell said. “This is part of the old Republican playbook. They tried a last ditch attempt to expand the electoral base in 2008 when they were losing Ohio, Iowa, Florida and other traditional battleground states. Mitt Romney ignored Pennsylvania over the course of the last two years, and didn’t ask Pennsylvanians for their vote. A week of advertising won’t change that.”
As reported [http://www.mcall.com/news/local/elections/mc-pa-presidential-campaign-ads-20121029,0,6800771.story] Monday, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, as well as another GOP [http://www.mcall.com/topic/politics/parties-movements/republican-party-ORGOV0000004.topic] group, have already bought ad time in Pennsylvania. The Obama campaign announced it would be matching those buys, but declined to give details.
Updated: The new Pennsylvania-specific Romney spot is focused on coal, which will play big in Southwest and Northeast Pennsylvania, and is clearly designed to motivate voters there to offset Obama wins in populous Philadelphia [http://www.mcall.com/topic/us/pennsylvania/philadelphia-county/philadelphia-%28philadelphia-pennsylvania%29-PLGEO100101023010000.topic].