CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell warned the state's Democratic delegates not to "rest on your laurels" just because Pennsylvania is being widely cited as a guaranteed win for President Obama.
"Don't be fooled," Rendell said at the morning breakfast meeting. "I believe they are laying a bit of a trap for us. They have so much money ... if they decide to come in and blitz the last six or seven weeks, they can do it if they want."
Both high-profile conservative groups and the Obama campaign have pulled TV advertising from Pennsylvania, and the Romney campaign hasn't yet spent a dime in the state. Obama won the swing state, which has selected the Democratic candidate for the last five presidential cycles, by 10 points in 2008. And every public poll has showed Obama leading in the state.
But Rendell, who said he received an angry call from the campaign after he first said publicly that Mitt Romney could win Pennsylvania, told the Democrats that the last thing they want to do is show Republicans that they've become complacent.
"All of a sudden that nine-point lead becomes a six-point lead to a three-point lead, and then all of a sudden it's within the margin of error," Rendell said. He told the party faithful that they must treat the next two months as if Obama was polling in Pennsylvania two points behind and then work to make it up.