October 15th, 2008
07:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama takes heat for delaying World Series game

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A 30-minute Obama ad will delay a game 6 of the World Series.
A 30-minute Obama ad will delay a game 6 of the World Series.

(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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Carmen

    Republicans really have nothing to contribute, do they? What a stupid comment.

    October 15, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Tom in TN

    ZOMG The 15 minutes of a boring game that will steal several more hours of your life once it begins.

    GOP = Desperate

    October 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Beah

    Please don't blame Obama. Blame the networks because they're the one who agreed. MONEY DO TALK.

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. 100% support of OBAMA!

    RNC are so pathetic and complain about everything.

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Alexis

    God forbid something as insignificant as a presedential election should get in the way of a stupid baseball game!

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. Please, no Obama

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Leslie from Garden Grove, CA

    Hahahaha! Unreal – the last gurgling, desperate attempts to hold together a campaign that is on it's way out in a hurry.

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. AER

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Sophia33

    More McDesperation

    October 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Linda32

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. former republican for OBAMA

    Are they kidding!!??!!

    October 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. question

    how is this even news?

    October 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Michelle

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Colin

    Yeah, baseball is way more important than country. Thanks to the McCain campaign for pointing that out.

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Stacy (PA)

    Smart move Obama. He is so strategic. I love it!

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Dawn

    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.

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. UMMMM...

    so?????????? they agreed to it

    the RNC needs to worry about something else that actually MEANS something to people

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. heather

    Go Obama, we will accommodate you

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. Seattle Sue

    Big Deal!

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. witch

    15 mins so what If you had money to spend you would do the same. So get over it

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. INDEPENDENT

    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.

    OBAMA 08

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Michael

    Would you like some more cheese RNC?

    October 15, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. Denise OKC

    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,

    October 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Joe

    Does not matter The Phillies will have the world series wrapped up in 5 games.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!

    October 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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