Political ads flood New Hampshire, Iowa TV
Those who live in Iowa and New Hampshire could consider their votes a bit more valuable than everyone else. Voters in these two states set the early tone for who might win the Democrat and Republican nominations.
Candidates have recognized this value and flood local TV.
WHO-TV in Iowa had eight political ads for candidates during the 30-minute 6 o'clock news. Barack Obama bought two while Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Mike Huckabee each ran one spot. A union also purchased an ad to endorse Clinton.
At WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire, 13 political spots were run including three from Clinton and Romney, and two from Obama and John McCain.
Candidates are basically throwing money at these stations for air time. If it wasn't illegal to buy votes, these presidential wannabes would be handing out $100 bills on the corner.