Romney schedules election-day visit to Pittsburgh
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters Sunday at a Virginia campaign rally at Newport News International Airport, in Newport News, Va.
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Mitt Romney will reportedly end his presidential campaigning tomorrow in Pittsburgh, before waiting out election night in Boston.
His campaign announced to traveling reporters that the Republican nominee would campaign Tuesday in Ohio and Pittsburgh.
The campaign later announced that Mr. Romney will appear at Atlantic Aviation Services at the Pittsburgh International Airport at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday.
He was supposed to end his campaigning tonight in New Hampshire before returning home to Boston to vote.
Mr. Romney held a rally Sunday night on a farm in Bucks County for more than 25,000 people in what was thought to be his last appearance in the state.
His campaign and conservative SuperPACs have poured millions in television advertising into Pennsylvania in the last week after avoiding it through the fall. The Obama campaign has responded that the Romney team has been forced to try to win the state's 20 electoral votes after seeing Mr. Obama poised to win Ohio and other key battleground states.
Visiting Pittsburgh gets the Romney team two birds with one stone, as voters in Eastern Ohio are within the city's television market.
Other Pennsylvania Republican candidates such as Tom Smith for U.S. Senate and Keith Rothfus for the 12th congressional district could also see a bump in enthusiasm for their base voters through the visit.
Former president Bill Clinton stumped for Mr. Obama today in Pittsburgh before going on to other parts of the state. Romney's running mate Paul Ryan is scheduled to make a last Ohio appearance tonight in Youngstown.
And Mr. Obama's campaign issued a statement on Mr. Romney's choice of election-day schedule.
"Mitt Romney recognizes that Ohio has moved away from him, and without it he has no plausible path to 270 electoral votes," Mr. Obama's senior communications advisor, Desiree Peterkin Bell, said in the statement. "A few days of campaigning and an avalanche of special interest funded negative TV ads will not save Romney from his policies of the past that crashed the economy and punished the middle class. Pennsylvanians are committed to moving forward with President Obama, not returning to the same tired policies that Romney is campaigning on."
First Published November 5, 2012 3:08 pm