what’s going on in the keystone state?

According to yesterday’s NY Daily News, it looked like Team Bush was pulling up stakes in Pennsylvania and focusing elsewhere. Here’s a clip:

Bush has visited the Keystone State 39 times – more than any other state – but a White House source said he does not plan to return soon and Pennsylvania was not on a list of the President’s top 10 advertising targets last month.

Today, however, it looks like they’ve decided to make it a bit more of a priority. Here’s a clip from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“We’re adding to our TV buy in Pennsylvania, and the President will be making three stops there next week,” Rove said in a phone interview from Washington. “We’re stepping it up. We want to win Pennsylvania, and we feel confident about our chances.

Unless I’m misreading this, it looks as though Bush is getting desperate for those eleven electoral votes. I’d be curious to know what MM.com readers in Pennsylvania make of this.

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  1. kez
    Posted October 14, 2004 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Well, V.P. Dick Cheney was here in Pittsburgh, PA yesterday. He visited an Army base near the airport and had a luncheon at a fancy nearby hotel. The news broadcast was brief about his content of his visit, but they spent more time on the bizarre accident of his motorcade;

    “Police escort cycles crash trying to avoid deer.
    Two state police troopers escorting Vice President Dick Cheney to Meadville were injured Wednesday morning when their motorcycles crashed while swerving to avoid a deer.

    The troopers were riding with a group of state and local motorcycle officers at the front of Cheney’s motorcade when a deer jumped out in front of them in the southbound lanes of Interstate 79 near Exit 174 in McKean Township shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday.

    The motorcycles in the lead slowed and swerved to avoid the deer. Trooper Ronald Morgan, who was riding behind them, was not able to slow down quickly enough and clipped the rear right side of a motorcycle in front of him that was ridden by Trooper Robert Copechal Jr., state police spokesman Cpl. Mark Zaleski said. Both motorcycles tumbled to the pavement.

    The rest of the motorcade avoided the accident and continued on. McKean Hose Co. and the Millcreek Paramedic Service took the troopers to Hamot Medical Center. Neither trooper was injured seriously, Zaleski said.”

  2. Posted October 14, 2004 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    This same post appears three times in a row starting with this one. I’m sure you know that though. Yep.

  3. mark
    Posted October 14, 2004 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I have no idea what you’re talking about, Collin.

    (I can’t think of a joke about Cheney and the deer. Maybe I’ll have something tomorrow. Maybe I’ll suggest a TV show called, “Cheney and the Deer,” modeled on “BJ and the Bear.”)

  4. Kez Panel
    Posted October 14, 2004 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a good title:

    “Officer Down! Cheney Moves On!”

    …and a pic:


  5. Paul from Pittsburgh
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I understand today that John Kerry will be in Pittsburgh again on Wednesday! Speaking at Carnegie Mellon University! What to you think of that! I’m excited! Can you tell?!

  6. mark
    Posted October 17, 2004 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    According to Electoral Vote dotcom, recent polling data shows Kerry to have a 3% lead in Pennsylvania. In other words, it could go either way. So, make sure you get the Democrats on your street to the polls, Paul, even if you have to drag them. We can’t afford to lose Pennsylvania. (Actually, we can, but it would make it a lot harder.)


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