Election battleground invades television

Back when I was just a wee young 'un, presidential candidates campaigned by traversing the country on the back of a steam-powered locomotive--Iron Horses they used to call them--screaming out their values with a megaphone and kissing babies.

Nowadays, these would-be presidents take the easy way out and just show their mug on television, and three of the major players in this year's election will be fishing for votes in three very different ways.

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is taking her Alaskan charm (or whatever you want to call it) to Saturday Night Live. Palin, who has been thrust into the national spotlight since being named John McCain's running mate, will visit the long-running sketch-comedy show and test the laws of physics as she and Palin impersonator Tina Fey will occupy the same room.

Palin's appearance will take place on October 25, according to The New York Post. Saturday Night Live has been cashing in on Fey's Palin impression, given that recent sketches featuring the 30 Rock star doing Sarah Palin have been SNL's most buzzed-about bits in a long time.

Palin's running mate John McCain will also do a television appearance, visiting The Late Show With David Letterman this Thursday. The spot comes on the heels of McCain's last-minute cancellation on Dave's show three week ago, which irked Letterman. Letterman later discovered that McCain's reasons for not showing up weren't exactly the truth; the Senator was filming an interview with CBS news instead.

But it isn't just the elephants getting ready for primetime, seeing as how the big man from the donkey party will also be in your living room. Barack Obama is making the unusual move of outright buying some national television time, and has secured 30 minutes on both CBS and NBC, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The paid advertisement will air on Wednesday, October 29 at 8 p.m.--less than a week before election day. These types of maneuvers are usually focused on swing states, but Obama's taking his message of change to the entire nation.

And what about Obama's running mate Joe Biden? He's scheduled to appear with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show this Thursday.

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It'll be interesting to see what airs in the time slot that Obama purchased.
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God, Tina Fey would TOTALLY be a better president than Sarah Palin. I mean, seriously. I think TF went to college in a decent manner...
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I don't have alot against McCain but what im scared of is that train wreck of a vice president he picked. Because lets face it, he's pretty old and if Palin takes over im officially leaving the country!



Obama for me!
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SNL is always great
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Dakotagirl it's not strange that the media favors Obama, he is the lesser of two evils.

Seriously, if McCain wins this ellection you people deserve what's coming to you. He is an ignorant deadbeat who screams: "I will lower taxes and I will vito any high cost projects" but he wants to continue the wars which pretty much caused the collapse of your economic system...
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Oh boy! Caribou Barbie: The Animated Series - Live! Maybe she'll go on OLC next and shoot some moose calves from a helicopter next.
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What I would like to know is how much all this campaigning has cost? Surely if one of the candidates had said right that's it it stops here I am not going to be responsible for putting this country into further debt in order to promote myself it would have been an election winner all by itself
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I have boycotted all election debates this year due to the media's outright favoritism of Obama. From what I have been reading, neither candidate is really saying anything beyond a bunch of fancy rhetoric, which most Obama supporters seem to be buying into. Obama stands a good chance of winning the presidency due to his over abundant supply of money, which enables him to buy media time to make sure that voters are well in tune with his vision over McCain's.
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I'm currently out of the country, thus a bit out of touch. Has MTV had the same presence on the campaign trail as years past? It seems like this would be the biggest year for them with such a new, hopeful, breath of fresh air politician, such as Barack Obama.
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Just as long as they don't interrupt any of my favorite shows, I'm down w/ whatever they wanna do with t.v. :D Doesn't necessarily mean I'll watch, but hey, do whatcha wanna do.
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McCain is much closer to the politics of Bill Clinton than to the politics of George W. Bush. Bush represented the far right crazies and Obama represents the far left crazies. Hillary Clinton and John McCain have been the only candidates since 2000 not to represent one of the extremes of our country.
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Why do elephants represent the Republicans and donkeys represent the Democrats? I'm from the UK I've never understood that about the American political partys. Do you know what I don't blame Obama for buying the advertisements; Hes got one shot at doing this and a victory would certainly be historic I think addressing the whole nation is a good idea as he wants to represent everyone. I certainly hope he wins I don't understand how the Americans would be able to put up with another four years of Republicans and what would amount to basically an extension of Bush's reign.
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I think that is funny that he has to buy his time on tv. I have dish network and he has his on channel, I personally think that is pretty cheesy
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HaHa I'm sorry Fwirrel but the chances of that happening are slim... we live in a world were money is everything even though it should not be it just is...
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I dont like Palin, but Fey is hilarious as her...
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With media these days it's easier for candidates to brainwash viewers... I actually like seeing the candidates on shows and interviews, but I want their chances to be on tv to be equal. I don't think it's fair that Obama is buying airtime just because he's got a buttload of campaign money. Both candidates should have an equal chance to say their ideas and money should not play such a big role.
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