October 9th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama purchasing 30 minutes of network airtime

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The Obama campaign has previously run a two-minute commercial; today it announced has purchased 30-minute blocks of time on the broadcast networks.
The Obama campaign has previously run a two-minute commercial; today it announced has purchased 30-minute blocks of time on the broadcast networks.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is buying 30 minutes of airtime on the major television networks just days before the presidential election, the Obama campaign confirms.

Sources with the Obama campaign say half hour blocks have been purchased on Wednesday, October 29 on CBS and NBC.  The campaign is also in negotiations with Fox, though that day will conflict with the World Series if there is a game 6.

The buy was first reported by the Hollywood reporter earlier Thursday.

Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on ad spending, said it was unclear how much the blocs of air would cost, but noted 30 seconds alone in primetime usually runs between $80,000 and $125,000.

"This is a big platform, this is a big megaphone, the interest level is clearly there and people will watch," Tracey said.


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soundoff (692 Responses)
  1. Mark

    McSame has proven one thing. He knows nothing about economic issues. One moment he claims that the economy is strong. Then he panics and suspends his campaign for about 24 hours, rushing back to Washington so he can impede efforts to address the economic crisis. Now he unveils a half-baked scheme to pump incalculable billions into the failing banks.

    McSame lacks the steady hand and good judgment that we need in the Presidency. America will choose a team that has good judgment and will be able to steer our economy out of the Bush-McSame disaster. America will choose Obama-Biden.

    October 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Dana, NY

    "THAT ONE" has my vote because he is a very intelligent person who clearly knows how to surround himself with the most brilliant people in any field He has ran one of the most impressive political campaigns in history and that says a lot about how he will govern this country.
    Vote OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. bongo

    OBAMA CAN SHOW OFF ANYWHERE HE LIKES WHY NOT.
    SINDY McCain you are a husband snacher, how on eath women of america can vote for McCain a cheater , unfaithful , living your wife who shed her blood 3 times to make you a dad. selfish gitz. and you know what our god is revenging for this woman who was left on the wheelchair. time is up god is gonna fix McCain on the 4th for you darling, my heart is with you. He will be disgraced for you darling !!!this world is heaven and hell, we pay everything here before we die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. greet bauwens belgium

    I'd like "That One" to be the next president of the U.S.A. !!!

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. TexasVet

    Whoa! I'm voting for the SMART GUY!

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Filipina

    That One is great,,,,,go Obama I cant wait for Nov,,,all my family already voted for you.

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    Wow...some economic crisis!

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. dipo

    Too much of airtime for one or two points to drive down will bore audience, my advise is that it should be broken into 5 to 10 m9nutes stratas to make it effective.

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. liz, from MO

    Wow! This is what we call an exemplary campagn. I hope the airtime will help to reverse some of the hate and lies that Palin has been peddling around during republican rallies

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Amazed

    I am in love with Obama lol. I love how his mind works, he's always one step ahead, this is a man who has proven he has the great judgement and he knows how to manage his time and resources and put them to good use. I know he is the best man to lead this country. He has surrounded himself with intelligent and responsible people, this is why he will succeed and this is why he is the best person for the job!

    Obama/Biden 2008-2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    The Obama Era Has Begun.

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Showtime for Obama

    5 Days before the election. I wonder what he is planning to do. If it leaks out, lets see if McCain copies – showing his true maverick side.

    October 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. alex

    Well I dont have much but let me give my little 15 dollars to support the cause! Obama 08

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Cubby

    I am Canadian. I think Obama is amazing i am so inspired.

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. elitist

    so he is trying to buy the whitehouse and the office he is seeking. If he cares so much about the poor why doesnt he take that money he is using to buy time on tv and give it to charity or to help out the poor in this tiem of crises. I hope thsi backfires on him

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. independent

    wow...what an arrogant

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Lionel

    As an Bi-racial American....Obama is what the country and the world needs. He will restore our standing in the world, for the world will look at us and that we have a leader that TRUELY REPRESENTS what we are about....DIVERSITY. The statute of liberty, and Elise Island are signs of the "olden-days," OBAMA will be what we are today. A Nation that is one....THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. McCNN

    Ode to Sean Hannity

    by John Cleese

    Aping urbanity
    Oozing with vanity
    Plump as a manatee
    Faking humanity
    Journalistic calamity
    Intellectual inanity
    Fox Noise insanity
    You’re a profanity
    Hannity

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Belle2

    Obama has spent way too much money on this campaign. I guess that is one way to put all those welfare checks to work.

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Deb

    Wow. I just gave another donation to his campaign when I read this. I know that if he will use my donation dollars effectively I can trust this man to know what to do with my hard earned tax dollars. Barack the Vote!!

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. Patsy, OH

    YES, this is the kind of president we need. Someone who is innovative and always looking for new and exciting ways to get the task done.

    I love it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Jezerie Blango

    Very smart!!!!!!!!!!! That man might just be our best president ever. All jokes aside Obama will be the next one president that is great..........

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    I'll be watching!!! Has this been done before?

    October 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. DMC

    Love it...this is exactly what is needed...talk to America. They are hungry for a real leader.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Kirsten from San Diego

    that's a fantastic idea. I can't wait to see what he'll do with it.

    October 9, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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