[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.
I heard that CNN. Hillary Clinton. The Woman who let down her Country out of, Pure-Jealousy. I would never have believed it Possible.. But it's happened....
I think that it is incredible that Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with such great people who has always kept him two steps ahead of John McSame. Our time is now and we must take advantage of this moment.
Last time i checked , its not a crime. The man has run an excelent campaign and its a tip of the iceberg. That is how you know an organised individual. I am confident he will do a FANTASTIC job as President.
God Bless America
He will be the model of how all campaigns will run in the future. Because he took it to a whole nother level.
Great! I hope he is the next president. I am tired of MCCAIN's" my friends " and his silly irrelevant attacks. As an independent voter I am offended that he thinks I am stupid and can be scared into voting for him..Sorry I am going for "that one"
Please clear the air of the moose flatulence!
Hopefully, Obama will announce his economic advisors and take control of this aimless government we have now.
No leadership from Bush or "Have Patience "Paulson. McMoron lurches from pillar to post like a dodderin' old fool, and you betcha' Miss Moose Anal Sphincter babblin; aimlessly.
Hopefully, "That One" will step into the leadership void and make some suggestions that the Shrub will take.
Sounds good. Smart way of managing ad dollars.
30 minutes. Not short sound bites, but time for a major address on a wide range of issues ... kind of like a short "State of the Union" address without interruptions for supporters' applause, moderators' attempts to redirect discussion, or opponents' attempts to distract.
It's a big gamble with a public whose attention span rarely lasts more than 30 seconds. It takes guts. I hope it turns out to have been a good idea.
He shouldn't was his money on FAUX NEWS....
try to imagine a scenerio in which obama loses this election....i know...i can't either....
Good Job Obama and very good thinking. You will win for sure. No one can stop it now Go Go Go all the way
you people need help, according to Obamas tax plan small business making 250k a year are going to be hit with higher taxes.. That means almost every small business that has employees will get hit! YES what is 250k a year when your in business. Subtract all your expenses,payroll,employees,taxes etc etc if your business doesn't bring in 250k a year than consider yourself out of business!! Wake up do you have a clue as to what that will do to our economy?? Taxing all investmet capital, capital gains taxes, Do you smart people have any idea what that will do to investment income, investment capital for all businesses. You Obama supporters think that by getting your measly 1000 tax rebate a year will help the economy better wake up, go to school,learn something about how the economy works!!
Smart move....buy the air time early so you can respond to the 11th hour charges that McCain and the RNC will undoubtedly hurl.
WHERE IS CAFFERTY?????????????????????????????????????/
I am SO glad this is what my hard earned donations are going to!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to donate again RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OBAMA for president. GO OBAMA
Go OBAMA! He can tell McCain it's over.
Buying time on Faux will be a waste buy it on CNN.
Katie Couric burried it for McCain/Palin on CBS
OBAMA IS FANTASTIC. KICK BUTT.
The problem for McCain and Palin, I think, is that they either can't or won't discuss the economy in any meaningful way, and that's what people want to hear about. On the other hand, they're fixating on trying to paint Obama as risky at best and a terrorist at worst. Not only is that not addressing the issue that's on the minds of many Americans, but it's bringing out people with some truly hateful attitudes, and neither McCain or Palin are doing anything to distance themselves from these folks.
If you want to see what I'm talking about, watch this video made by a blogger interviewing people at a McCain rally in Ohio.
While I don't think that a majority of McCain supporters hold these views, these people who are calling Obama a terrorist are growing more vocal, and they aren't doing McCain any favors.
I pray Obama will be safe, we need him to lead us! Palin & McCain should hang their heads in disgrace for the dirty disgusting and dangerous tactics and slander that they have been throwing. Even IF they would win, the have lost the respect of many.
It is refreshing to see a candidate willing to connect with people. Obama appeals to our desire to evolve as Americans; to move past racism to reconciliation and trade selfish individualism for a culture of interdependence with individual accountability.
I think we are better people than John McCain gives us credit for being. He appeals to what makes us afraid and ashamed, but that is the legacy of our parents. We have learned some things, among them that prejudice and fear-mongering diminish us as a nation.
I don't believe McCain is a racist, but I do believe he is willing to capitalize on race-based fear in others. He doesn't deserve to serve as President of these UNITED States if he is willing to divide the country to get there.
I think the half-hour of network television is money well spent. I think it will settle once and for all that Obama is a leader interested in leading, as opposed to a politician interested in getting elected to an office.
It is a courageous move.
I love this idea. It gives him the chance to connect to voters late in the game. He just needs to use it wisely.
I am going to send him another modest contribution today.