Obama campaign makes first moves toward major ad buys
January 17th, 2012
06:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign makes first moves toward major ad buys

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team is taking the first initial steps towards launching campaign commercials.

The Obama re-election team is requesting rates for potentially large ad buys in key states, a Democratic source confirms to CNN. The source adds that "no decision's been made yet."

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Another source familiar with the request says the Obama campaign has inquired about commercial rates in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

These are all battleground states that the Obama campaign plans to contest in November's general election.

Word of these initial moves by the Chicago based re-election team comes as the five remaining GOP presidential candidates battle in South Carolina, which holds its primary on Saturday.

While the race for the Republican nomination continues, independent pro-Republican groups have gone up with ads attacking the president in numerous battleground states.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. dontbow

    yep buying his way back into the white house. he's good and spending money, we know... lol

    January 17, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. ed fl

    With the selection and caliber of the current GOP candidates, Obama will be s shoo in. There are plenty of me types out here that are not happy with him and hope for a different candidate. Lots of us are ready to sit this one out,Obamas biggest asset are the GOP candidates which are extremely poor. Too bad Huntsman dropped out he was the GOP best hope.

    January 17, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. king

    I can't believe this the first ad by the Obama team. Mitten and the repubs contenders have launch hundreds of ad and drmogoge this president like no other president. I am surprise his approval record is not in the dumpster.

    January 17, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Mr. Kenneth

    I would like to see. Mi,Mo added to the list

    January 17, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. kayla

    let the games begin

    January 17, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Granger

    it'll be nice when this joke of a "president" is outta here. Never really got out of the 40th percentile for approval and all he does is blame, blame and more blame. Lame excuse of leadership ever exhibited and he's embarrassing us as a nation.

    January 17, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. af

    If you can see what I see, Obama will re-elected easyly. More middle class will stand by him

    January 17, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Let me guess. More Class Warfare, Blaming Bush, Evil Rich People, non-support from Congress, 99 vs. 1 percent, Racism, blablabla! We've heard you way too much already Barry! Face the facts, you're a disaster as a President and your socialistic policies have been awful for America! You're a 1-term loser!

    January 17, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. FedUp

    Why bother? Just do like you have been doing and put the Presdiential seal on the podium and you can campaign for free on TV and radio. At least you will be spending less money that flying around campaigning on the taxpayer's dollar.

    January 17, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. diridi

    good luck...

    January 17, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Obama campaign makes first moves toward major ad buys◄
    Just be sure they are POSITIVE – the TRUTH and contain no LIES!!
    We got a good indication from the RIGHT on how NOT to run a campaign
    And don't worry – after Nov. 6 2012 – In your favor we'll POP the champagne!!!

    Obama 2012 – Yes We Can!!

    January 17, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. DENNA

    Obama 2012. If you haven't figured it out yet, The GOP have NOT given us any real alternatives.

    January 17, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. Thomas

    All this money could sure feed a lot of people , send kids to school , improve the mental health system.

    It makes me sick to see so much wasted this way.

    January 17, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  14. Tyler Durden

    Go get 'em, Mr. President. We are counting on your health care plan Obama Cares. My wife is diabetic and she has to work just for insurance when she should be at home with our son. We need you.

    January 17, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. Name elizabethwafula

    Go Obama go. Y will win because y seek a kinder and more humane goverment that will beneft all Americans.

    January 17, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    You guys in the media love this ahuge amount of RNC DNC and campaigners funds end up in advertising and many part od media would have big financial problems if this were to be curtailed to say 6 months before presidential election time and selection of the candidates for election as president to a Max 3 months prior to that.
    For any state election 45 days for any state political appointmen tof any kind except district reps when its 30 days. max campaign period. the restriction to aplly to Pacs as well
    Perhaps then elections would focus on real issues and policies and not personal attacks.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 17, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. m

    The money that will be spent on this election may give the economy a boost at least in advertizing, radio and TV.

    January 18, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. A Southern Lady

    President Barack Obama -- intelligent, highly educated and a good and decent man. If the 2012 election re-elects him, sends the Tea Party Republican nut-cases in the House and Senate home and they are replaced with either Democratic or Republican STATESMEN who will act, not in the best interests of the far-right Republican party, but will act in the best interests of the country and join President Obama in passing legislation what will help our eceoomy recover, put people back to work then, and only then, can we again claim our place in the world.

    January 18, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  19. BeverlyNC

    Go after these racist, lying, non-Christian Republicans and enlighten the nation to the facts – something Republicans do not believe in. The nation is with you. You have been an outstanding leader, a very successful leader despite constant Republican disrespect and obstructionism. You have ended the Iraq War which was a shameful reminder of what dishonest and criminal forces in power can do to destroy our nation and our respect in the world You got Osama bin Laden and have crippled Al Qaeda. You have provided the nation with a brilliant healthcare law that is already helping Americans afford medical care and avoid the prior abuses of the private insurers (called "pre-existing conditions"), and made sure all children have healthcare access. You have fought for our greatest resource which is a high quality education system. You have brought transitional change to foreign policy where all the major nations work together to handle rogue countries and without war and killing our soldiers and increasing our debt. Your Nobel Peace Prize was well earned and is still a principle you live by. I am proud of you for fighting on for ALL Americans despite the Republican slander, disrespect for the office of the Presidency, outright lies about your record, and open racism. You have handled everything with character, dignity, grace, honor, and integrity. You are the President we need and the one we will keep. You represent what is best about America.

    January 18, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  20. Name Roderik W. James

    4 More Years Yes We Can

    January 18, 2012 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  21. Matte

    Maybe we will see some data adds for Obamas campaign reelection run if he uses more economic facts than the reps it would be more logical. I would like to see how much money GWBs war has cost the American tax payer. Then show the reps talking about going back. Show how many lives it cost and the families that have been broken up by war. you dont have to sell me and most normal people would have to cry thinking about all the young men and women who sacrificed their lives. who would ever want this again would have to be insane but thats the reps all rapped up.

    January 18, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Yes We Can, Yes We Can, Yes We Can, Yes We Can

    January 18, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |