Camp Hill — The stump speeches are set and the candidates exhausted. Republicans up and down the ticket stumped across Pa. on Monday in their last-ditch effort to make the news and reach out to undecided voters.
It’s the bipartisan day-before-election playbook – events that aren’t so much rallies as press opportunities – as Republicans criss-cross Pa. on Tom Smith’s campaign bus.
In Camp Hill, two dozen party faithful cheered Senate hopeful Smith, Attorney General candidate Dave Freed, likely future Congressman Scott Perry and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.
“We have these polls now in this United State Senate race very, very tight. We have a nice race on our hands. And it’s because of you. You have worked your hearts out and I am asking you to just continue to do that until we push this over the end line tomorrow evening,” said Smith.
“We need new leadership in Washington, and I will so happy to be able to do down, to win this election and go to Washington and be called ‘Junior.’ I have not been called that in many years.”
“We’ve got a message for [NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg] and for Bill Clinton and for everybody else: we’re gonna get it done on Tuesday and we’re gonna tell them that Pennsylvania is a red state,” said Freed.
Toomey echoed the importance of the AG race.
“We have had the good fortune in Pennsylvania not to have lived through the experience of having a liberal, hostile-to-business Attorney General,” said Toomey. “It is not good for the economy, it is not good for job growth, it is not good for opportunity when the wrong people are in that office.”
And all the candidates emphasized their belief that Pa. is in play for the national race, too.
“If we do the job that we need to do, over the next 36 hours, then I’m going to have a colleague in Pennsylvania who will help to make sure that we get to be allies in the United State Senate of Mitt Romney,” Toomey said.
Republicans moved east to west; Democrats – headlined by former Pres. Bill Clinton – moved from west to east.
Here are all the GOP events today (note: some overlap)
Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Conshohocken and Bethlehem:
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Senator from Minnesota Norm Coleman and actor Jon Voight
Bensalem, Wilkes-Barre, Camp Hill, Johnstown, Erie and Green Tree (with Gov. Corbett):
Tom Smith & Dave Freed with Sen. Pat Toomey and other local candidates