NEWPORT NEWS, VA — How does the Romney campaign know President Obama is nervous about losing Pennsylvania? He's sending Bill Clinton — not his gaffe-prone running mate — to blitz the state on the eve of the election.
Talking to reporters Sunday night, senior Romney adviser Kevin Madden mocked the vice president and said the Obama campaign was relying on Clinton to do the heavy lifting while Biden bumbled his way through the final days of the race.
"They're sending arguably their number one surrogate, their number two principal, President Bill Clinton, to campaign all day in Pennsylvania," Madden said. "He's arguably more important to them than Joe Biden because Joe Biden makes a mistake at every single event he goes to."
Pressed on whether he believed the Obama campaign views Clinton as a more valuable asset than number two on the ticket, Madden didn't back down.
"I think that's very clear," he said. "They would rather have him out on the stump making news than Vice President Biden out there making the wrong kind of news."
McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team, and the author of The Wilderness, about the battle over the future of the Republican Party.
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