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

Obama purchasing 30 minutes of network airtime


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/30/art.obama.ad.a.jpg caption="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)


    OBAMA / BIDEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. tomas justiniano

    i hpe this time they take there time and talk about puerto rico because they have several fund raisers in the island and made more than 400,000k in the past 2 months he should at least say how he stands in puerto rico political status if he is for state hood, Independence or common wealth

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. LT for Obama

    Looks like he is getting ready to lead us out of the slump we are in. I read today that he has been getting his transition team in place where McCain has not and it has been said that this is the time to do it so that when the election is over, they can finalize everything and get everyone in place.

    Looks like Obama is the one ready to work and LEAD on day one.

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Hey PUMA supporters read this

    I notice alot of you are saying McCain 08 and Hillary 12, think about it for a secon though. McCain's mother is in her 90's so McCain could easily run and stay president from 08-16

    Oh yeah one other thing, alot of VP's ran after the presidents term was up. Sarah Palin might run in 2016 and win? Ever think of that? Than in 2020 she can run and WIN again? Till 2024, Hillary will be in her 80's or 90's by then.

    McCain 2008-2016!

    Palin 2016-2024!

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. JJ

    I feel that Mr. Obama is our present day JFK. I have already voted for him as has the rest of my family.

    A Dedicated Ohio Voter

    October 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I think this is an inspired idea.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Another Republican for Obama

    Who Will America Hire?

    Columbia University – B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in
    International Relations.
    Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

    University of Delaware – B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
    Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)


    United States Naval Academy – Finished 894 of 899

    Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
    North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
    University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
    Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
    University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in Journalism

    A word is enough for the wise!

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. tulsa

    Have you seen his plan? Can you put aside the rankor long enough to LISTEN?
    By the way, the Senator has authored 131 pieces of legislation in his few years in the Senate. He has crossed the isle with the likes of Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Dick Luger to co-sponsor bills.
    I have donated to him and I am no millionaire. Give the man a chance.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    God Bless Obama, he is the only hope we have for regaining the respect of the rest of the world. I am voting for OBAMA AND A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Dana, NY

    Hey "Hillary Democrat"...after 8 years of Bush we are in this desperate situation, after McCain there will be no other president because after 12 years of disaster there will be nothing left here for anyone to be the President of. Republican for Obama.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Empire, CO

    McCain needs to go home to Arizona and be a NRA spokesman and anti-abortion activist. We need leadership and judgement now in these uncertain times not a liar who consorts with crooks such as McCain. We can not trust John McCain, not now, not ever!….. Obama/Biden are America's Future, Better Days Ahead!

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    That's a good time to nail McCains hide to the wall. There will be no time for McCain to make up lies to cover his (6). Thats Navy talk and I'm Army and I know what that means.

    Obama/Biden 08/16

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Jewel, NY

    The difference from being a senator and a president is this–when you are a senator, you are one of fifty. As president, you are the one, or should I say "that one". He'll make a much better president than Senator.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. tennisguypitt

    Come on people, stop taking cheap pot shots at Obama. Why don't you try to be a community organizer? Not so easy, is it?

    "That One"/Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. LT for Obama

    If this is anything like the 13 minute video they did on KeatingEconomics, it will be a gripping 30 minutes. I cannot wait.

    October 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Devon G

    Compare the sucess of Obama'a campiagn with the struggles of John McCain's and get a first hand view of the leadership skills and vision of both men. It will be clear who is the best candidate or America right now

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. larrylegend

    Thanks for Fact Check, which keeps us informed and show the disparities between the candidates. I've had enough of McSame and his sidekick, Jane six-pack.

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    Any need for this again; Americans have realised that McCain's age cannot make him do the right thing; his eratic behavior like that of a teenager won't give chance for right judgements......Please quickly retire this man (McCain) from the senate.

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. JJ

    Our beloved country cannot survive four more years of the same policies we have endured for the past eight years. I feel Bush is the present day Herbert Hoover.

    October 9, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Ryan in Omaha

    I'll be tuning in.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Jennie, NM

    Rich, poor, black, white, and in between, Barack is the leader for America.

    I can't wait to vote, and then get mavericky with my friends.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Maggie

    For all of you shouting "experience" ad nauseum- have you ever had a boss with 20, 30 years in your field? Someone who pretty much sat in an office and played solitaire while all of his/her employees did everything? Someone with a big title and big salary because all of their experience- yet you wouldn't trust them to water your houseplants?
    Experience isn't the only factor. Judgement, vision, clarity, diplomacy, ability to work with others- Barack Obama has so much more of these things than unraveling McCain. Think about it.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Theresa

    wow...in tough economics times and he is willing to waste oops spend sooo much money, while the American's he hopes to lead are really struggling...not good....

    wasn't it Obama at the last debate who said AIG should pay back the 1/2 million bucks of tax payer money spent at the SPA...maybe Obama should pay back the 1/2 million (or more) spent on 30 minute television ads on major networks.

    wasteful spending and he isn't even President yet..."Ready to spend BUT not ready to Lead"

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

    Very Smart Man;

    Smart campaign! Smart management, Smart use of resources.
    Smart leadership, Smart Judgement and intellect to bring about change!

    It's Been Close To Two Years, I Know Enough!

    Obama/Biden The One Two Punch, America Really Needs.

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Hillary Democrat.... Let it go.

    That One/Biden 08'

    October 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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