Romney adviser plays down Pennsylvania and Michigan polls
By ALEXANDER BURNS |
10/16/12 6:54 AM EDT
The Romney campaign doesn’t intend to “blow smoke” about flipping big, Democratic-leaning swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, despite a string of polls showing relatively close races in both states, a senior Romney adviser said.
Republicans have been intrigued by public surveys showing a dwindling Obama-Biden lead in both Pennsylvania and Michigan. But while Paul Ryan and Ann Romney have made campaign stops in those two states and the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is on the air in Michigan, it doesn’t sound like the full Romney operation is about to make an expensive bet on those electoral votes.
Asked Monday if there’s a path for Romney to take the Electoral College vote without Ohio, a top Romney aide responded that the Republican presidential nominee could still win by capturing Wisconsin and cleaning up across the rest of the swing states.
But, the adviser said: “I won't blow smoke at you with Pennsylvania and Michigan, even though there are polls showing that they’re in sight.”
“I absolutely believe they’re close,” the adviser said. “It’s just, to go in, to move three points in Pennsylvania is different than moving three points in New Hampshire.”
Unless that thinking changes, Romney will continue to compete on a 2012 map that has tended to tilt away from him in the fundamentals. But making a serious run at Pennsylvania, especially, is a costly enterprise that has not paid off for any Republican presidential candidate in almost a quarter-century. That's a questionable financial and political proposition at this late hour in the election, when much of the existing swing-state map is already looking more hospitable to Romney.