December 27th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton buys two minutes of Iowa airtime

Clinton is buying Iowa airtime on the eve of the state's caucuses

Clinton is buying Iowa airtime on the eve of the state's caucuses

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton has purchased two minutes of airtime on every Iowa television station to deliver her 'closing argument' on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses, her campaign announced Thursday.

The campaign says the message will air on every 6 p.m. news broadcast across the Hawkeye State.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    I just have a question for you folks. If Senator Clinton was a man, would there be this much vitriol? I mean, if you look at all of the candidates, they have all been political and flip-flopped or been political on issues. For instance, Barack Obama did not come back for the vote on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, John Edwards voted to give Bush authorization to go to war, etc. And don't even get me started on cross-dressing Giuliani and "better for gays than Ted Kennedy" Romney. From a personal standpoint, I am really tired of testosterone running our government. It's time for a woman to be president, and I don't know any other woman more experienced and qualified. I think her 2 minute ad buy is an excellent idea. If the others want to do it, then go for it. And for those of you who still want to bash Senator Clinton, I repeat my first question, would you do so if she were a man, or would you call this a brilliant move?

    December 28, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  2. Laverne Miller

    Latest comments re: Bhutto death by Obama and his campaign only goes to show his inexperience in logic; actually suggesting Bhutto' death and Hilliarys voting would lead to Bhuttos' death.. How are we to believe a ex-ACLU attorney, a man who has impuigned Hilliarys' honesty; while conducting a disgusting display with Oprah; while showing pictures of his wife's frustration during the endorsement by Oprah..Who is Oprah as a political advisor anyway? Her program is only watched by 3 % of the home TV watchers. Also the rumor of his possibility of being a Muslim is true; have we become a nation of idiots...??? zI hope not.We nedd an experienced and under control person to guard this nation during these perilous times. not an experienced wanta be..Lee Miller

    December 28, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Joan Wiskman

    I think it's great thay Hillary is able to buy her time.. If it were Mitt, Rudy or John, it would be fine. You go girl!!!

    December 28, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  4. DEM08

    If HRC wins Iowa, (I'm for Obama), it will once again demonstrate her strength as the only Dem that can pull off a close election; reminiscent of Bush and the GOP rabbit from a hat in Fl and OH. This we should all admire. If it happens, we should all rally around her and give her the support to bring home the WH come 2008.

    December 28, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |

    As a Marketing communications expert, I do know the effect of mass media advertising and door to door vote canvassing on independents and undecided voters in a presidential primary election. Senator Clinton has used these two methods very well and at the right time during this Political campaign. No doubt, even though the race is tight in the early primary states, Senator Hillary Clinton will get the Democratic Party nomination because She is, as it were, the most qualified. Continue what you are doing Hillary, the American voters are behind you, I have always believed.

    December 28, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Mensah Koduah

    Good idea that Hillary is buying airtime to close the deal. The media has been too negative on her. I challenge anyone to tell me the last time they heard anything negative on air about Barack Obama. The media has given him free pass for far too long and nothing is being said about it. Chris Matthews of Hardball, Tim Russert and Candy Crowley of CNN are the most obvious ones who detest her.
    Keep fighting these Washington talking heads. You go Hillary.. We see through what the media is all about.

    December 28, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Kelly Puckett, Kenton, Ohio

    It is time we had a woman in the White House, Look what we have had in the last 8 years, you might call it nothing, some people call it George W. Bush, this country needs a fresh make over.

    December 28, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Interesting campaign strategy!

    BUT. . .according to the LA Times, "As she races through Iowa in the days before next week's caucuses, Hillry Clinton is taking few chances. She tells crowds that it's their turn to 'pick a president,' but over the last two days she has not invited them to ask her any questions."

    "Before the brief Christmas break, the New York senator had been setting aside time after campaign speeches to hear from the audience. Now when she's done speaking, her theme songs blare from loudspeakers, preventing any kind of public Q & A."

    It appears the new Clinton strategy is, "Listen carefully to me for two minutes, but. . .NO QUESTIONS. I just can't take the chance of saying the wrong thing."

    December 28, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Allison, NH

    TB, Iowa – I feel the same way. If it was between Ron Paul and Hillary – I'd vote for Ron Paul.

    Jimenez – Texas – And who exactly feels she is the most admired? You and the rest of her what is new? Great – admire her all you want but to me she is nothing but a corporate politician. You think she has enough guts to run this country? She didn't even have enough guts to stand up to her cheating husband! You know who I admire as a women: Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, Madeline Albright, Hellen Keller...these are people that had/have true guts. Hillary – she's just rich and I guess being rich can make you president. Heck, look at Bush!

    December 28, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Brian, Syracuse NY

    Unfortunately for Hillary, bumper sticker slogans do not win elections. Every speech she makes is a long list of vague catch phrases. You'd have to be an idiot to vote for such an empty suit.

    December 28, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Dave

    How much will it cost? Just curious - this must be publicly available information, or at least close estimates.

    December 28, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Brian, Syracuse NY

    "And to all of those who are missing a loved one, there are no words any of us can express, except to tell you in the clearest possible terms we will — in a united American response — support you, offer assistance to you, stand with you, and pursue those who reached deep into your family homes yesterday and took someone you loved away from you."
    -Hillary Clinton, 12 Sep. 2001

    ...How is diverting our forces from Afghanistan to Iraq, a country which had nothing to do with 9/11, pursuing "those who reached deep into your family homes yesterday and took someone you loved away from you"? Saddam Hussein was not responsible for a single American death on 9/11, yet he's dead. Osama Bin Laden was responsible and he remains free because of Clinton and the Neocons' War in Iraq.

    On January 3rd, 2008, the voters in Iowa will take Hillary Clinton to task for her failed promises and empty gestures.

    December 28, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. hey allons,tn

    hey Just thank what Two Minute Ad may buy the american people A EXCELLENT PRESIDENT for all the people to get out this down-ward STORM that the republican conservative g.w. bush SLIME administration has us in go clinton all the way god love you for working for his childern.

    December 28, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. N. Wisconsin

    Why is it that when Mitt Romney uses his money to buy air time for commercials people say he's "buying votes", but when Hillary buys a huge spot with her money it's said to be a smart political move. People will say anything to try and make someone look bad even if they're not! Go Mitt!!!!!!

    December 28, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Dave

    To "simone dubois" (December 28, 2007 2:16 am ET)

    Um, first of all the Obama-ministers story WAS all over the media (Google for and its everywhere).


    >>>Inaccuracies and murky tallies are not unique to the Obama campaign when in comes to touting the endorsements of black ministers in this early voting state — rival Hillary Rodham Clinton ran into some of the same questions after her campaign released its list of endorsements from black ministers late last month.<<<

    So spare me your 'outrage'.

    Get the facts. Understand the real story. Vote Obama.

    December 28, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Harry Gooper

    We don't need another Hil/Billy in the White House

    December 28, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Ted, St. Louis, MO

    HILLARY-Please GO AWAY and TAKE BILL with you. The American people are tired of both of you. You are the most polorizing figure in American politics and the Country NEEDS TO MOVE ON. You and Bill are the late 80's and early 90's.

    We need some fresh people in politics....not the same old liars and cheaters that both of you are.

    December 28, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Goody Eugene, OR

    This is a country where hard work is the backbone to success. Those who complain about Hillary give me a PAIN, a big pain, in my backside. She has always worked for a better quality of life for the middle class and low income people. How nice it will be to have a president who cares about the working class again!

    December 28, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Roy

    First I have to say that there is alot of hate in these messages. If your a true Christian, GOD doesn't like "HATE" As for Sen. Hillary buying two minutes of air time is her perogative.

    We are being bullied by the media and that has gotten me frustrated. I have watched every news stations and they are making judgement calls. Judgements is which causes turmoil here and beyond. Local news stations here in California are not making comments of the presidential candidates like the World News stations. So CNN, MSNBC, FOX News be serious and leave it alone. Yes this is the only way you get paid for, media!!! news. Joe Scarbrough, I admire you and I'm a Democrat, but please don't make judgement calls.

    As far as flip flopping, I'll admit I've been flip flopping myself, I was for Barrack and after hearing what he and John Edwards were doing at the debate, I decided to go with Sen. Hillary Clinton, she tried not to attack her collegues but after all said and done she had to fight back. I respect her for that.

    Senator Clinton, Good Luck and Best Wishes!!!!!

    December 28, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. John

    Smart answer TB, Iowa Thank God bush can not run again cause you just stated you would vote for him over clinton.

    December 28, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. NIck Young

    Harry Gooper hit the nail on the head.....Thanks Harry, we need more voters like you. , Nick

    December 28, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. NIck Young

    Harry Gooper hit the nail on the head.....(ref. we dont need another Hil/Billy in the White House.....Thanks Mr. Gooper, we need more voters like you.


    December 28, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    She will not need the two minuets of air time. To list her accomplishments will take way less time than that.

    December 29, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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