Battle for Swing States: Pennsylvania
A look at the political ground game in PA
- Duration 3:54
- Date Sep 7, 2012
A look at the political ground game in PA
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-- heard a little bit from fox.
Ed Rendell on the key battleground states they did not mention the state of Pennsylvania but we're gonna time about it now because it is considered.
At battleground state take a look at it has exactly twenty electoral -- That's -- -- if it get no matter what state -- NYC a little bit about the economy as well take a look at the unemployment.
Rate that we had in Pennsylvania and this lags by the way the -- unemployment rate.
Behind the national -- gets a fresh number for the seat in a couple weeks we just -- not the national rate is at eight point 1% of Pennsylvania more or less right around that.
Gas prices in Pennsylvania again more or less around the national average take a look at the polls -- -- battleground state where you see the president ahead when you look at the real clear politics is an average of a whole bunch of polls.
-- headed Mitt Romney 49%.
To 41% and -- -- take a look at the history in this state.
I it -- voters in Pennsylvania have voted Democrat in the last five presidential election so.
Is this truly about ground state this time around let's talk about this.
With our guest -- Colby Leibowitz is the Washington correspondent.
An Allentown morning call newspaper so -- is it truly about a -- is there the possibility.
That pennsylvanians will vote Republican this time around.
You know -- that's the big question mark this year we've been lucky at that since may is Pennsylvania background it's always been considered a.
At a -- yet.
The presidential candidates haven't spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania they haven't spent a lot of money in Pennsylvania and has a large democratic -- voter registration and -- cell.
It might not be a battleground this time at Ed Rendell though the former governor.
I just said -- and you know we can't as Democrats he's democratic governor of Pennsylvania -- you know don't don't get too excited Democrats this whole Lotta work to be done.
What could be making him nervous -- an easy aren't thinking this is in a sure thing.
Sarah I think what it is is you've got to get out your base and you've got to get out voters in vote rich Philadelphia the Philadelphia swings -- Arabs.
The Lehigh Valley where am I -- Perez.
I get those voters don't come out we could see Republicans when we have a Republican governor we have a Republican US senator we've got more Republicans in the house.
I it's all about getting voters out of the voters get out in southeastern Pennsylvania and the Democrats will win Obama will win so let's talk a little bit about the ground game that you mention because you're not the only one -- talk to us about that's.
Really the ground game is that a lot of local papers and I reporters are are taking a look at what's the strategy -- -- see on the streets.
Show -- love the and the Obama team has twenty last -- -- all around Pennsylvania and they got in there it's very very early.
The Republicans are just playing catch up right now in Pennsylvania but they do have field teams in Pennsylvania I think what the Republicans are doing in Pennsylvania.
Is forcing Obama to play a little that it defense.
They wanna make -- -- that that he is not too comfortable in Pennsylvania but they're not investing.
A whole lot of time there we'll see -- visit -- -- it a little bit in the filed but not the way he's going to be visiting states like.
Ohio or Florida or Virginia -- think -- appearance is back either of them but Mitt Romney because he's behind in the polls.
Will really make a difference is that what Pennsylvania's wanna -- they want that attention.
You know I don't necessarily think that's gonna make that much of a -- friends -- The president showing up in places like Philadelphia.
Does excite the base does get people out.
Ronnie is how you spend time in Western Pennsylvania that's -- a year white working class so called Reagan Democrats are.
And I think that if he's gonna win Pennsylvania he's gonna focus a lot of his attention on that side of the state hoping to get out letters there some really great information for us today Colby thank you so much for the time.
Kobe coming thinking he's the Washington correspondent Allentown morning call -- check back in with the over the next couple weeks I had and the -- yeah.