(CNN) – The Republican National Committee took aim at Barack Obama Wednesday over the Illinois senator's half-hour ad buy that will delay the start of a World Series game by 18 minutes.
"It’s unfortunate that the World Series’ first pitch is being delayed for Obama’s political pitch," RNC spokesman Alex Conant said. "Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he’s putting it before our national pastime.”
Major League Baseball has agreed to a request from Fox to delay the start time of Game 6 of the World Series (if a Game 6 is necessary) so the network can air the 30-minute Obama spot, a Fox spokesman confirms to CNN. The Illinois senator has also bought similar time on CBS and NBC, set to begin at 8 p.m.
“FOX will accommodate Senator Obama's desire to communicate with voters in this...format," Fox spokesman Scott Gorgin said. "We are pleased that Major League Baseball has agreed to delay the first pitch of World Series Game 6 for a few minutes in order for FOX to carry his program on October 29."
It's the first time a presidential candidate has bought that length of airtime on network television since Ross Perot purchased several 30 minute blocs in 1992.
"This is a big platform, this is a big megaphone, the interest level is clearly there and people will watch," Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on campaign advertising said.
The October 29 game will now start at 8:38 instead of 8:20.
Republicans really have nothing to contribute, do they? What a stupid comment.
ZOMG The 15 minutes of a boring game that will steal several more hours of your life once it begins.
GOP = Desperate
More fake outrage that is so symbolic of the RepubliCONS these days. They're just upset that they didn't think of it first, not that they could've afforded it.
Please don't blame Obama. Blame the networks because they're the one who agreed. MONEY DO TALK.
RNC are so pathetic and complain about everything.
God forbid something as insignificant as a presedential election should get in the way of a stupid baseball game!
Barry is a joke. Is he running for President or does he really think he is the Messiah as Louie Farrakhan says. Let's not forget, he first accepted public financing and then opted out. What a joke.
Hahahaha! Unreal – the last gurgling, desperate attempts to hold together a campaign that is on it's way out in a hurry.
Who the heck does Obama think he is? What arrogance! Will the networks give McCain equal time and delay the game an hour? If there were not so many other reason not to vote for Obama, this one alone is enough.
Let me try!!!
It's unfortunate that the World Series' understand that the election is very important to this country and delaying, NOT cancelling an event that might not happen is okay with them.
Are they kidding!!??!!
how is this even news?
To the RNC: McCain has the right to run ads during game seven, if a game seven, like a game six, is necessary. Stop your whining and belly aching. Such actions clearly point to why McCain/Palin is falling short in the polls. It's not Americans that are a bunch of whiners; it's the Republican (Delusional)Party.
Yeah, baseball is way more important than country. Thanks to the McCain campaign for pointing that out.
Smart move Obama. He is so strategic. I love it!
I bet Mc Cain and Cindy will be pleased. This way they can sell more beer while the fans are waiting. It's a win-win.
so?????????? they agreed to it
the RNC needs to worry about something else that actually MEANS something to people
Go Obama, we will accommodate you
15 mins so what If you had money to spend you would do the same. So get over it
IT'S AMAZING THAT THE REPUBLICAN RIGHT WING WILL GO TO NO ENDS TO TRY TO DISTRACT WE THE PEOPLE FROM GETTING OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK WITH LIES AND DISTRACTIONS SUCH AS THIS.
Would you like some more cheese RNC?
SO! Is there really anybody who Cares? Well....I love apple pie but watching a baseball game is like having my eyebrows plucked....so this is a biased opinion,
Does not matter The Phillies will have the world series wrapped up in 5 games.