WAYNE, Pa., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he has "a little secret" -- he will win Pennsylvania and the presidential election in November.
Speaking at a campaign event in Wayne, Pa., Romney said he will win the state's 20 electoral votes despite trailing President Barack Obama in the polls there.
"I've got a little secret here and that is that the Obama campaign thinks that Pennsylvania is in their pocket. They don't need to worry about it," he said.
"We're going to win Pennsylvania and we're going to take the White House," he said.
The Romney campaign has not run TV ads in the state since the primary election in the spring, and the Restore Our Future super PAC associated with the campaign has spent no money on TV in Pennsylvania since Aug. 27, Politico reported. Friday's visit was Romney's first to Pennsylvania since July 17.
An Obama re-election campaign official told Politico the campaign is not assuming victory in Pennsylvania, where it has opened 40 campaign offices.
Romney told reporters Friday it was doubtful military force would be necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Politico said.
"I do not believe that in the final analysis we will have to use military action," he said. "I certainly hope we don't have to."
He said he "can't take that option off the table -- it must be something which is known by the Iranians as a possible tool to be employed to prevent them from becoming nuclear."
"But I certainly hope that we can prevent any military action from having to be taken."
Romney spoke by telephone Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who also spoke by phone with Obama, one day after telling the United Nations a red line must be drawn to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.
"We spoke about his assessment of where the red line ought to be drawn and my own views with regards to Iran," Romney said.