PA-Gov: President Obama to Campaign with Tom Wolf on Nov. 2

Barack+Obama+President+Obama+CampaignsThe President is coming to the Keystone State.

Yesterday, the White House announced that President Obama will hold a “campaign event for Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania Democrats” next Sunday, November 2nd.

The event appears to be the last scheduled campaign stop for the President before Election Day. The goal is likely to drive up turnout in the state’s largest city, Philadelphia, which has a heavy concentration of Democratic and black voters.

Pres. Obama has so far limited his campaigning to blue states and gubernatorial races. He has already appeared in Illinois and Maryland. The President is also planning to stump for Democratic gubernatorial nominees in Wisconsin and Maine.

He’ll also appear in Michigan for his only event with a Senatorial candidate, Rep. Gary Peters.

Wolf has already welcomed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama to Philadelphia. Additionally, former President Bill Clinton will appear with Wolf in Pittsburgh on Monday.

There are two schools of thought concerning the Presidential visit and what it says about the current status of the gubernatorial contest.

One theory is that Wolf wouldn’t be bringing in such high-profile surrogates if he wasn’t afraid of losing the race.

“If it [Wolf’s lead] was ten, fifteen points, would they be bringing Bill Clinton into Pittsburgh and Barack Obama into Philadelphia? No,” Governor Corbett told WTAE’s Bob Mayo.

On the other hand, considering the President’s approval ratings in Pennsylvania, you could ask why the Wolf campaign have Pres. Obama appear if they thought there was any chance it could backfire and Corbett could prevail.

Finally, you could argue that the White House is confident enough in Wolf’s chances that they chose to hold their final event for him.

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  1. i c thaat some1 named key is on here tryin to be me but 1 thing is for shore guvnire cobitt is gonna win in a land slyde in nov an obamma being here is nothin becuz teh way it worx in penna is one party gets to be guvnor for 4yrs and then the other party gets to be guvnor for 4yrs

  2. David, those people seem very confident that Governor Corbett will have a big win next week, but quite frankly, I don’t know why they think so.
    One guy, a Mr. Martinez, says all of the polls (he calls them “poles”) show a landslide for Corbett. He seems insistent that it will happen.
    Tom Wolf has been ahead in the polls ever since the primary and if he loses, it will be the biggest loss in the history of Pennsylvania elections. Martinez and the other folks who are calling the election for the governor appear very misinformed and are due for a big disappointment.
    -Kay

  3. David, those people seem very confident that Governor Corbett will have a big win next week, but quite frankly, I don’t know why they think so.
    One guy, a Mr. Martinez, says all of the polls (he calls them “poles”) show a landslide for Corbett. He seems insistent that it will happen.
    Tom Wolf has been ahead in the polls ever since the primary and if he loses, it will be the biggest loss in the history of Pennsylvania elections. Martinez and the other folks who are calling the election for the governor appear very misinformed and are due for a big disappointment.
    -Kay

  4. Kay- No serious person is saying that Corbett will win (landslide or any other way). The people talking about Corbett winning are either:

    1) Paid political operatives who have to say that

    2) Fools/idiots who can see the writing on the wall and are too dumb to realize Corbett is going to get slaughtered

    3) People like Chris who are just being satirical for parody/humor

  5. There exists on this website some folks who remind us that the state of Pennsylvania has never failed to re-elect governors who seek a second term, but this year the circumstances appear drastically different, to the detriment of Tom Corbett’s political future, which appears to be in great peril according to public opinion polls.
    At this point in time, with just nine days to go, the odds of Tom Wolf losing his race to send Corbett to the unemployment line are pretty small.
    I don’t know why everybody keeps saying Pennsylvania voters will help Corbett win in a landslide, because all indications are they is extremely unlikely to happen. But you know what? Stranger things have happened in politics, right?
    -Kay

  6. And President Obama acknowledged that fact and said the other day that he understood if fellow Dems did not want him to appear. Trivedi has nothing to lose at this point.

  7. Given Obama’s terrible approval rating, it seems clear that this is a face saving measure by the President. Democrats across the country are running from him screaming. So this is all about Obama being able to point to one election in the country on November 5 where he campaigned successfully for a Democrat. Wolf is just a slam dunk. Very telling that he’s not campaigning for Trivedi or Strouse. Either they don’t want him or he doesn’t want to be saddled with losers. He won’t put himself on the line for races where the outcome is uncertain. What a leader!

  8. meanwhile Corbett is touting a rally with Christie in Bucks….I mean the Romney Rally there with Christie before the 2012 Slaughter did so well for Mittens and the GOP!

  9. Corbett is so unpopular in Philly that he can’t appear in public without swarms of protesters.

    This is good move for Obama because he is popular in Philly. It’s good for Wolf, because it gives him rapport with the President, which will help Wolf when dealing with the White House as governor.

    Win-win

  10. My belief is that Wolf is just solidifying his double-digit lead over Corbett. If Obama goes to Philly and tells constituents to vote for Wolf, they will and Corbett has no defense for that. Neither does Corbett have a defense for the spike Clinton will create for Wolf in Pittsburgh. Corbett has nothing in his arsenal to counter large democratic voter turnout in Philly or Pittsburgh.

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