4:17 p.m. E.T.
My MSNBC colloquy with Andrea Mitchell on “Andrea Mitchell Reports”:
ANDREA MITCHELL: Let me ask Mark about Pennsylvania because I was there last week. Both sides claiming, the Republicans saying we can do this, we can win Pennsylvania. Democrats saying it’s not even in play. What is your assessment?
MARK HALPERIN: Well, the Obama campaign needs Pennsylvania to win. The Romney campaign doesn’t. I don’t think they’d be wasting the money in Pennsylvania…. If the Obama campaign went on the air in Texas TV, I don’t think the Romney campaign would feel the pressure to go there. So, the fact the President is on the air there, the Vice President had a trip planned there means they’re at least a little bit worried. And a lot of Republicans are doing two things at once — not just the Romney campaign but these outside groups. Trying to put pressure on the President to defend turf like Minnesota and Pennsylvania and also to move resources, including candidate time, away from Ohio, but also to give themselves a potential another path. It may be in the end — I’m not predicting it but it may be in the end — it’s possible that Romney could win Pennsylvania and lose Ohio. That would be a big surprise but it would give him a chance to get to 270.