Romney, Gingrich Call Pennsylvania Key In Presidential Election

Megan Healey

A week before Pennsylvania’s primary, two of the Republican presidential candidates stopped in the Midstate to rally supporters.

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich spent the day in Harrisburg before speaking at the Lancaster County GOP’s annual spring dinner Tuesday night.

Addressing a room of 1,100 Republicans, Romney, the party’s front-runner, talked about jobs and the economy. He also criticized President Obama’s policies and politics.

“This man is out of ideas, he’s out of excuses and in 2012, we’re going to make sure he’s out of office,” he said.

Gingrich also criticized the President, but touched more on social issues like food stamp reform and religion.

“If the president is for prayer five times a day in Afghanistan, maybe he could be for prayer in school once a day in America,” he said.

Both candidates said Pennsylvania will play a key role in the general election in November.

“If we carry Pennsylvania, it is impossible for Barack Obama to win the Presidency,” Gingrich said.

“If we win Pennsylvania, we’ll take back the White House and keep America the hope of the Earth,” Romney said.

Rick Santorum was also scheduled to appear at the dinner, but backed out of the appearance after suspending his campaign last week.

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