Update: PA Dems Blast Romney; Nutter Emerges as Top Surrogate
Update: Morning Call has reported that some of Pennsylvania’s prominent political Dems, including former Gov. Ed Rendell, will be at a Wawa gas station outside Quakertown to meet Mitt Romney as he makes his way across the state as part of a six-state, five-day bus tour.
Rendell will be joined by State Treasurer Rob McCord, State Rep. and Auditor General hopeful Eugene DePasquale (D-York), former Congressman Patrick Murphy and Bucks County congressional candidate Kathryn Boockvar.
The move may come as a shock, considering some of Rendell’s recent comments giving a less-than-glowing review of Obama’s performance. He said that Obama did not work hard enough to get things done in Congress, and that Hillary Clinton would have been more effective.
Rendell has also said that while Romney’s time at Bain Capital is “fair game,” the way Obama’s campaign carried out the criticism was “disappointing.”
While having a political force like Rendell back on Obama’s side is good for the campaign, Phila Mayor Michael Nutter, as well as PA native Vice President Joe Biden continue to be strong forces for the President. The two spoke at a press conference today where Nutter reiterated Obama’s campaign slogan of moving forward.
“There are two very different economic choices this November,” he said. “We are given a choice between moving forward with President Obama or going backwards with Mitt Romney.”
Biden discussed job creation as well, saying that Romney’s plan would build government from the top down, whereas Obama would build from the middle class outward.
The pair also touched on a recent gaffe made by Romney, who said that Obama wants to hire more firemen, more police officers and more teachers at a time when government needs to be cut back. Romney ironically made the comment when responding to Obama’s the “private sector is doing fine” gaffe.
Nutter and Biden said there is a need for more of those jobs, along with rebuilt infrastructure and less foreign oil dependency.
Also today, it was announced that Pa. Governor Tom Corbett will be joining Mitt Romney on his first tour stop through Pennsylvania when the presidential hopeful visits the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace Saturday afternoon.
With a cross-state Romney tour looming, the Pennsylvania Democrats have sounded the alarm bells.
“Mitt Romney would take us backwards to the failed policies of the past decade,” said PA Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Burn. “We’ve tried Romney’s policies before. It benefited a few, but crashed our economy, removed wall street regulations and took jobs away from Americans.”
The announcement of Romney’s visit falls two days after a poll was released suggesting Romney is starting to pick up momentum in Pennsylvania. It was previously believed that Romney wasn’t focusing on the state, given the lack of TV ad buys, but with this tour the Romney campaign could be hitting the gas in what could be a swing state.
In response, state Democrats are on the offensive to remind voters of Romney’s gubernatorial record as well as progress that has been made thus far under the Obama Administration.
State GOP Executive Director Mike Barley said that, despite the claims Obama makes about progress, Romney brings something to the table that Obama can’t.
“While President Obama wants a do-over, Pennsylvanians are ready for new leadership that will get our economy back on track. The bottom line is Mitt Romney has experience putting people back to work and Barack Obama doesn’t.”
The PA Dems also acknowledged the emergence of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as a top surrogate to the Obama campaign. Burn said he believes that having someone like Nutter on the team is beneficial to the Obama campaign because Nutter deals with major issues in Philadelphia and pushes policies similar to President Obama’s forward.
Other top surrogates for Obama in the state include Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Phila D.A. Seth Williams and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery).