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Obama will blanket Tampa Bay TV during RNC



Politico: President Barack Obama will be at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month — on local TV, that is.

Obama's team plunked down more than $181,000 in ad time on Tampa-area network affiliates for the last week of August, to ensure that the president isn't completely out the spotlight when Mitt Romney is crowned as the GOP standard-bearer.

Obama for America will air more than 160 spots on shows as varied as "Dr. Phil," "Undercover Boss" and "Bachelor Pad," including $73,720 for 49 spots on the Tampa CBS affiliate, $54,500 for 75 spots on the ABC affiliate and $53,750 for 42 spots on the NBC affiliate, according to public disclosures posted this week to the website of the Federal Communications Commission.

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[Last modified: Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:24pm]


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