Rendell ‘Nervous’ McCain Could Win Pennsylvania

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 22, 2008 9:37am

McCain McMentum?

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wants Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., back in the Keystone State. He’s worried Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., could still pull off a victory there.

"I don’t want to be selfish,” Rendell told CNN. “But I’m still a little nervous, so I have asked Obama to come back. We understand he’s got demands from 20 different states, but we’d like to see him here.”

Rendell sent the leadership of the Obama campaign two e-mails asking them to get Obama to Western Pennsylvania, along with asking for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to come back into the state, where she trounced Obama in the primaries, ABC News Political Director David Chalian reports. 

A Democratic source familiar with Rendell’s requests to the Obama campaign also tells Chalian that the larger-than-life former mayor of Philadelphia also verbally requested that former president Bill Clinton come visit.

The Keystone State has not gone Republican since 1988, but it’s often a close contest; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., only beat President Bush there by 2.5 percentage points in 2004.

- jpt

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