President Obama heads to Joe Biden’s fabled hometown of Scranton Wednesday – a place Biden left about 83 years ago but still calls home so he can help Obama carry the state – but it seems Scranton is not much interested.
Pennsylvania was carried Obama in 2008, but its unemployment rate and large population of white middle class workers – just the type of voters the Obama campaign frets daily about losing – make it not a happy place for the president.
He and Romney are tied in the state, which voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries even as her campaign was sinking.
Looks like when they started handing out FREE tickets to Obama’s appearance tomorrow at Scranton High School, the city let out a collective Mehhhhh.
From the Pocono Record:
When Hillary Clinton was on the campaign trail in 2008 and spoke at Scranton High School, the line to get tickets a few days before her appearance stretched about 1,000 people long.
Monday’s line to grab the available free tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday was noticeably shorter — about 225 people were waiting when the doors opened for the distribution.
“It’s a little disappointing to see that,” said Cathy Kneeland, 64, of Scranton, who showed up more than three hours early to stand in line and found herself second. “You would think more people would want to see the president speak.”
The campaign eventually managed to get rid of all 1,000 tickets. Perhaps they’re busing them in.
Biden has been assigned to target the state, along with Florida and Ohio. These are the states where the election will be won or lost.
I’m sure the famous Biden magic will do the trick.
H/T to Jammie Wearing Fools, where I first saw this.