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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (692 Responses)
  1. noel

    Great...another Hitler wannabe. Talk about arrogant.

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    This is a smart use of contributor funds. I so wish I could contribute to his campaign, but as a Canadian, it's against the law. All I can do is pray that the American people will vote for BHO.

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. blue in a red state

    Phil, you will put down your 10.00 to see their movies but don;t like how they spend said money once it's theirs, and you forgot that McCain went to Hollywood and shook his moneymaker the week before the last hollywood Obama fund raiser.

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Karol

    I don't believe CBS or NBC will charge him a dime.... they are in his pocket. I say let him have it – it will be worth watching him do down when he can't deliver on what he is promising.

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Jack

    Obama is a Radical FRAUD – he has too many "friends" who seem to be corrupt.

    Yes, I care about the economy, health care, the war – AND

    October 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. bear

    All muslin must support Obama and give money.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. Carole

    Good. Meanwhile I am sure the 'double standard' race card will come out. If it were McCain, way cool (The man who has 9 homes and wife with a $300,000 dress on.) But if Obama, elite stuckup, yada yada. Who married one 'educated' woman!

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. New Day

    Here is one more reason why Obama should be president. While every organization in the country going down the tubes, Obama's campaign has so much money, it can pretty much buy any amount of air time it wants.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Obama for President

    To the supposedly "Hillary Democrat"– if you really were a Hillary Democrat, you'd be doing what she is asking you to do– now vote for Obama!

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. FormerAlaskanFemale

    Wether people want to admit it or not, there is something very unique about this man. He has strategically galvinized a nation, particularly the young people. This a movement! Similar to the history making Civil Rights Movement. Some people may not understand it yet, but hey, it took people a while to understand the significance of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement too.

    Obama/Biden '08
    The Change Movement!

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. David

    We will be a prosperous nation if and when Obama runs this country the way he has run his campaign.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Michael

    I think this is a great idea. Maybe he can have average Americans on with him so that he can talk with them and show that he understands their issues and talk about how he plans to address them. You know – get away from the Washington politics and get into what America wants and needs.

    I have all the issues that I feel are important and why I am choosing Obama up on a web site I created - obama.jjamm.com. Feel free to check it out

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Brett in NC

    Finally, a reason to not watch TV – Maybe I'll go for a run.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Very Impressed--yeah, right!

    He earned this money at the Barbara Streisand fundraiser, or no, maybe it was the Bruce Springsteen Concert.....no, I'm sorry, it was the Madonna concert last night while she was flipping off people supporting Palin. I'll tell you, Obama is aligned with some pretty impressive people, huh? Even guys that like to blow up buildings and stuff. I understand Obama just released a one minute add talking about how he used to go fishing with his grandfather. Just the kind of information I've been looking for. People WAKE UP!!! Anyone who is ignorant and stupid enough to vote for this man is being extremely reckless with your privlege to vote. This is a man that has no experience, started politically in Chicago with honorable men like the Strogers and Ayers, has questionable ties to the Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Scandal, changes his mind everyday, doesn't stand for anything, AND has never initiated ANYTHING during his time in the Senate. He stands for change??


    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Bill in Oregon

    Obama's resources are not unlimited. Let's make sure he and Joe Biden have our limited resources to stage a finish to this race which will overwelm the opposition. Don't forget the Democrats running for the House and Senate. With out them in the congress, President Obama will have "holes in his bucket" while he tries to carry our water.

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Vernon

    This is awesome. Shows capability of complete control and interest of the problems which problem America. People want to hear, so this is what Obama will do: Talk to the American people. As Biden said, folks... this will be the most important election in your lifetime. Choose now which way you want this country to go. It has been too far right for too long. Greatest debt we have ever seen.

    Coming November 4, 2008...

    'That One' will be elected the next President of the United States.

    Obama-Biden '08

    October 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Racist Rep.

    Man, this guy is good I want to hate him so bad but I love him so much, he is white too black people can't have all the credit for this great leader. I wonder if he is my cousin or something, no I'm not smart enough. Now , I don't feel racist no more, and Rev. Wright was right, man I love JayZ, Tupac, Young Jeezy,etc. Black people are great remember they came from the richest country in the world, and survived everything this country has put them through. It feels good to show some love, because at the end of the day blacks always showed me love.

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Lenise

    That is amazing! I can't wait!! I am going to host a watch party for all my family and friends to come and watch. He is so inspiring....I finally believe we will have a President with a global vision about where this wonderful country will go!

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. MD in CT

    I would hope that those who want Clinton in 2012 would vote Democratic this year or there will be nothing for Hillary to govern. A Republican President with a Democratic Congress will get nothing done...just like the last 2 years. Think clearly before you let your disappointment about Clinton this year overwhelm your clear thinking.

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Brett in NC

    Will his terrorist friends outside the U.S. be able to watch?

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Mac Wood

    "That One" is the one.

    October 9, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. jayeandvic

    I'll definitely watch!!!

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  23. Former Hillary supporter

    Good news, should be something interesting I'm sure. Obama is smart, intelligent, and presidential. He will make good use of the time to further communicate his message. He will show the undecideds just how smart, intelligent and presidential he is. I can't wait for Election Day, so this country can start healing.

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Tim

    The best thing he could do with 30 minutes of airtime is to put McCain and Palin on live TV and let us all watch them implode.

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. dsinger

    bear....you're an idiot....go back to Alaska...

    October 9, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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