Barack Obama is prepared to launch an unprecedented television blitz on Wednesday to push his economic message on US networks ranging from CBS and NBC to Comedy Central. Obama's television broadside may also force a 15 minute delay in the Fox network's broadcast of the fifth game of the World Series, the fiercely followed championship of Major League Baseball, coincidentally between teams from Pennsylvania and Florida, both major battlegrounds in the November 4 election.
His Republican rival John McCain plans to appear on CNN's "Larry King Live," hoping to convince viewers with his own vision of the country's future. Campaign officials said Obama would use the 30 minutes of primetime air time his campaign has purchased on several networks to focus on his message on the economy, which has taken center stage in his campaign.
"We want to make sure every voter heading into the voting booth knows exactly what Barack Obama would do to bring about fundamental change as president," campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.
A campaign official said the ad would include a video montage, footage of ordinary Americans telling their stories and some live portions of Obama, who is scheduled to be at a rally in Florida that evening. Obama, already blanketing the airwaves with political advertisements in many battleground states, has purchased the 1/2-hour slot on CBS, NBC and Fox.
The ad, which airs at 8 pm EDT, coincides with the anniversary of the October 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday" stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression.
The cost has been estimated at close to $1 million for each major network slot and reflects the huge cash advantage Obama has over McCain.