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Barack Obama to Delay World Series

October 28th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tomorrow night Barack Obama will go on TV for 30 minutes at 8:00 pm EST and according the Associated Press in the United Kingdom it will delay the world series game.

The UK Associated Press article

Obama ad to delay baseball final

Barack Obama is to become the first presidential candidate in 16 years to air a 30-minute primetime ‘infomercial’ on US television networks.

The rare and expensive move, thought to have cost his campaign about £1.9 million, will even cause the baseball World Series final to be delayed by 15 minutes so NBC, CBS and Fox can air the spot simultaneously.

Mr Obama will highlight his “closing argument” in the infomercial, which underscores his campaign’s financial dominance over Republican rival John McCain with less than a week left in the race for the White House.

Mr McCain, who trails in national polls, mocked the move on the campaign trail, saying: “No-one will delay the World Series game with an infomercial when I’m president.”

ABC will be the only major US network not to run Mr Obama’s message at 8pm ET (midnight GMT), preventing a so-called “roadblock” on the broadcast networks.

Neither network officials nor Obama campaign aides would discuss the cost of the television time, but estimates by the Associated Press put it at about £1.9m. CNN suggested it could reach the £3.1m mark.

The estimates are less than the US TV networks would otherwise get for the 10 or 11 advert “units” they run during that half-hour, but Mr Obama will be charged the “lowest unit cost”, in compliance with federal law.

The Obama campaign, which rose in the polls due to Mr McCain’s mishandling of the economic crisis, is running the infomercial on the 79th anniversary of Black Tuesday, the start of the Great Depression.

Mr Obama is following in the steps of John F Kennedy, who presented a half-hour commercial that featured parts of his speech in Houston about his religion, and Richard M Nixon, who bought two hours of time on the eve of the 1968 election.

The last candidate to use the format was Ross Perot, in 1992, when he detailed his plan to cut the deficit before an audience of 16.5 million people.

  1. Kyeta Taylor
    October 29th, 2008 at 17:01 | #1

    Mr. Estes,
    Just wanted to let you know that only the pre-game coverage of the world series will be delayed tonight due to the airing of Senator Obama’s “infomercial”. This is a common misconception and unfortunately has been supported by the use of the misleading quote from Senator McCain, which is yet another silly tactic that the republican is using to smear Obama.

  2. October 29th, 2008 at 17:53 | #2

    Kyeta – Thank you for your response. I personally don’t see this as that big of a deal. I’m Voting for Obama regardless of the world series. But since this is just a continuance of the game shouldn’t be much of a pregame.

    I just hope Tampa Bay wins or Obama might loose FL. Barack should say something about the Game. The Tampa to Orlando Corridor is an area that Obama needs to carry in order to win FL.

  3. Aaron
    October 30th, 2008 at 01:54 | #3

    I find nothing but humor here, as McCain could have simply kept his mouth shut and let people come to their own conclusion about the delay, yet:
    a. He did open his mouth- and the game had been scheduled by the MLB to begin at 8:37, the previous World Series games having started from 8:22-8:38
    b. Obama bought the time with a disclaimer that he would choose a different day if the World Series went past 4 games (looking out for the Rays, perhaps?), but after the rain delay, the network assured him that only the pregame would be affected regardless
    c. John McCain, on the other hand, was actually and directly responsible for the rescheduling of the NFL season’s opening game. Quote: “NBC moved the Washington Redskins-New York Giants game up at least an hour, to 7 p.m. EDT, so that McCain’s Republican convention speech could be broadcast around 10 p.m. on Sept. 4.”

    The comedy!

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