Obama Fires Back with Iowa TV Request

Dem wants live spot on eve of caucuses to counter Clinton ad
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 6:55 PM CST
Following the examples of the Clinton and Obama campaigns, John Edwards is asking Iowa TV stations to grant him airtime on the evening before the Iowa caucuses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama is getting a lesson in the politics of local TV as he angles for airtime on the evening before the Iowa caucuses, ABC News reports. After Hillary Clinton’s campaign purchased a 2-minute spot during all of the state’s 6 pm Wednesday newscasts, Obama began requesting a live 2- or 5-minute block. “Five minutes is impossible,” said one station exec.

“We’re resisting that request,” said an official at another station. One exec called a live simulcast “daunting at best,” but Obama hopes to squeeze in a pitch between local news and prime-time programming, or during prime time. Two stations have offered Obama 2-minute blocks, but they're worried other candidates will come calling: John Edwards has already begun requesting airtime.