Clinton and Obama Consider Buying National Broadcast Time

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Facing the daunting task of reaching voters in more than 20 states on Feb. 5, the campaign teams for Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have started to examine purchasing time on national network TV.

An official at one of the major broadcast networks, who asked not to be identified, confirmed that media buyers for each campaign have contacted the network but said so far no orders have been placed. Officials of several other networks could not be immediately reached for comment and the campaigns did not return calls.

GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani early this year bought spots in consecutive weeks of Fox News Sunday, making his spots the first presidential spots to air on national broadcast networks in at least 12 years. The George W. Bush campaign ran national cable spots, but no network TV ads in its last run for office. —ira teinowitz