Giuliani, Voight Stump for Romney in Bethlehem

The former New York mayor and Hollywood star fire up volunteers at Bethlehem GOP Victory Center. Romney surrogates say Pennsylvania is still in play.


Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani headed an all-star cast of Republican surrogates who came to the party’s Victory Center at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem to make a last-minute pitch for Mitt Romney Monday night.

Giuliani and his co-stars, actor Jon Voight, former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, were there to thank and fire up volunteers and – to sell the idea that Pennsylvania is still in play in the presidential race.

 “It will be quite a surprise and a kick in the you-know-what if Pennsylvania votes for Mitt Romney,” Guiliani said to a round of laughter and applause.

Every major poll in the state – except for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/Susquehanna Polling & Research poll, which scores the race a tie – has President Obama leading Romney by at least 3 points in their most recent surveys.

The former mayor, who guided the Big Apple in the aftermath of its darkest day, rapped the president on the economy, on foreign policy – specifically the recent Benghazi controversy - and the Hurricane Sandy response in New York.

With occasional chants of “one more day,” about 250 supporters turned out for the mini-rally in the former Art & Drafting Connection store in the mall that has served as a volunteer hub for local Republicans since the summer.

“Believe me. We see the polls. We’re going to win Pennsylvania,” said Ehrlich, a former governor who leads Romney’s Maryland campaign. “The Romney campaign isn’t just discovering Pennsylvania.”

Romney has made a last-minute push in the Keystone State, visiting Bucks County on Sunday, while running mate Paul Ryan visited Harrisburg on Saturday. The Obama campaign has countered with former

The GOP challenger also came back to the Pennsylvania airwaves with commercials last week.

Coleman, who lost his senate seat to Al Franken by 312 votes in 2009, was there to drive home the importance of getting out every single vote. “Believe me, your vote counts,” he said.

Hollywood star Voight warmed up the crowd by trying to capture the mood of the moment, saying, “We’re all nervous. It’s like one stomach.”

He went on to paint Tuesday’s presidential choice in the starkest of terms.

If Obama is re-elected, “we will see America broken like never before,” Voight said. “We must save the country.”

Anonymous November 06, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Yes, I am voting for Romney...but there needs to be a way to NOT get call after call on the phone. Come on... I AM voting for him. Stop calling me and stop wasting all the printed material in the mail on me also. If you KNOW who you are voting for and know where and how to get the actual info on everyones actual voting record (not just all the propaganda that they keep repeating) then you do not need calls or junk mail. Also, I am SO very thankful that I do not have cable. During the power outage I spent some time at people's houses staying warm...I could barely stand the amount of poitical ads that I saw. Thankgoodness for Netflix and reading what I want to read on the internet & books. Can we please come up with a way to not get the calls or mailings and drop cable so all this $ is not wasted on ads that amount to nothing. You cannot vote based on ads....there is enough info on their voting record to see exactly what they do with their votes and money.
Patricia Roblin November 06, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Tina Bradford November 06, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Glad I am voting for Romney, can't wait, in fact.
Tina Bradford November 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
The free enterprise system needs to reestablished. I know far too many business owners who can not hire employees because too many folks are on long term unemployment, and they simply, don't want to work. Vice versa, the business climate has not been favorable to small businesses, nor mid size. Vote for whom you believe will bring the overall good back to America, for jobs people want to work at, and feel good about. We need good jobs that give good health care, the rest will fall in place.
Tina Bradford November 06, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Yes, glad you are voting for Mitt, despite the annoying calls. I have been lucky, have not been harassed by callers this year.
JByrd November 06, 2012 at 04:15 AM
I've been getting calls from both sides. At least Romney's compensates for the spin from the media. Cannot believe the weaves of lies and spin. Let's see, we are deciding between: Option A: JD/MBA from harvard, gave inheritance away to charity, ran a hugely successful business, turned around Olympics after scandals, etc., and was a successful Republican governor in a liberal state. Option B: JD from Harvard, community organizer, short term senator, 1 term President with mixed record. Mixed Record: (A) Why in the world did he push through Obamacare before focusing on jobs and housing? If urgent, why the 3 year delay in implementing? (B) Why didn't Obamacare focus more on controlling costs vs insurance reforms? That is, malpractice reforms (reduce costly defensive medicine), consumer incentive for everyone, etc. (C) Healthcare is 18% of our economy and impacts 100%. Looking back, was it handled properly or rammed through sloppily. (D) When the BP oil leak happened, why all the delays in (a) stopping leak, (b) preventing spreading, (c) cleaning and (d) helping those effected. Boats were sitting idle waiting for permission for several days while some seemed to like watching BP squirm. (E) Can you comment on: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/04/obama-administration-pressures-contractors-not-to-warn-workers-of-impending-layoffs.html (F) Happy with Friday's numbers when over half part time? We are working hard for less.
JByrd November 06, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Still waiting for detailed answers from Obama: (1) What are your plans for comprehensive tax reform? (2) What are your plans for entitlement reform? (3) What are your plans for overall spending reforms? Why these questions: See CNBC's "Are we rich or poor?" debate (worth watching): http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1604902615 When I google CBO's long term projections, the current system is unsustainable. I'm not sure about Ryan's plan, but no plan is terrifying. http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/debt-initiative/about Did I hear correctly during VP Biden's debate when he asserted: "Obamacare makes medicare solvent to 2024". Did he mean 2124? That's 12 years from now and based on likely rosey projections. What are their plans to reform to extend and strengthen? Why didn't he respond to "Why not raise the age over time gradually?". And then there are several states likely to ask the fed gov't to bail them out along with their unfunded pensions. Where will they get the money? 401K? http://www.workforce.com/article/20081016/NEWS01/310169987/house-democrats-contemplate-abolishing-401-k-tax-breaks Just look at the numbers. They do not add up. We owe it to our kids to fix our fiscal problems and get on a path of growth.
Watts November 06, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Romney: "Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China" Queue it up at 46 seconds and watch... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcZr0UtLgkI Jeep CEO: "Jeep production will not be moved from the United States to China" http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-30/chrysler-ceo-reiterates-jeep-suv-production-will-remain-in-u-s-.html Now if anybody tries to tell you that Romney is not lying to you to sneak his way into office, there is your proof that he is lying. I can't break it down any more simply for people. Romney is a deceptive used car sales man. He will tell you whatever he thinks will get him what he wants. He tells the base that he is a extreme conservative and makes all the promises that the fringe extreme wants and then turns to the voters and says that he is a bi-partisan. These are not mutually inclusive positions. He is lying to somebody. Are you ready to risk if he is lying to you?
InFloodZone November 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
When I was at a rally in St. Armands, FL (near Sarasota) in 2008 when Rudy Guiliani was campaigning for potus, I was shocked to find Jon Voight standing next to me. I shook his hand, then off he went to speak for Rudy.
Patricia Roblin November 06, 2012 at 01:05 PM
thank you Watts, I couldn't agree more.
Vic November 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I have to agree with theperson above who said about lying and Romney does just that in every way.He made statements throuh out his campaine that were way out and wrong and as we got closer to this day to vote he change his words so he could get people to believe he had a wake up call to aamericans were not going to and realized that the people in the United States were not going to go his way.And Ryan he has no clue what hes doing.Also think about it maybe President Obama did,nt do everything he had said he was going to do and why the house and congress had to argue with each other in the parties to try to do what maybe should have been done.So everyone needs to really think about their vote hard before they go and pulll that lever for whoever they choose and think more on electing a new president and vice president that we all know has to start from scratch and really knows nothing about position in the White House or we can keep the one who does know and can keep going to do whatever he can and they will let him do.One last thing why do they wait till the last year of the terms of those offices to disgree and argue about the way things were be done.Again it don,t take a genius to figure that one out.
Anonymous November 06, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Think this through....why would you purposely say something that you knew was wrong that everyone could call you out on later and prove you wrong. It is NOT lying when you have bad info. Gee I wonder who made sure that he has wrong info. Please do not tell me that President Obama never said anything incorrect during his campaign with McCain or even in this campaign. Lying is when you purposely mislead. How is this information purposely misleading for a vote when obviously it was easy enough to prove incorrect way before the vote. Do you really think that abortion on demand and tax payer abortion is more moral than making a statement about wrong info that you heard? Those babies blood is on the hands of everyone who votes for a president who believes that a child is only the choice of the mother. I do not have the choice to NOT wear my seatbelt, but I sure can kill my unborn if I want to. I can stop a beating heart legally in this country...but oh my goodness...better not forget to buckle up.
Gerri Wetherhold November 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
You are full of bull!!!! Take that to the bank and after 4 more years of Obama, you won't have a bank acct.
Gerri Wetherhold November 06, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Obama did nothing of which he said he would. When will you people wise up. He cannot work with Congress or the Senate. He is not able to run this country. We need a man like Mitt to get us moving in the right direction. Please think of your children and grandchildren when you vote today!!!!!
Michele November 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Watts(Oscar), go put your head back in the sand!


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