Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) characterized the midterm elections as a life-and-death struggle in a speech Sunday afternoon.
"The choice is clear, you've got to go to the polls," Rendell said during a warm-up address at a large rally in Philadelphia prior to appearances by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
"What's the best way to prevent [Republicans] from tearing down the president? It's a four-letter word," the governor said. "Vote like your life depends on it — because, you know, it just might."
Thousands of people gathered in a schoolyard in the working-class neighborhood of Germantown to hear from Obama and Biden, who are in town to support Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak (D).