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.