Campaigning for air time
In the 1976 presidential campaign, no candidate bought 30 minutes of television air time until about six months before the balloting. Election Day 1980 is still a year away, but already three top contenders are requesting half-hour spots.
The networks, in a decision that must delight sitcom fans everywhere, have refused. Stated reason: it is too early for TV politicking.
Representatives of John Connally, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter went shopping for tube time as early as mid-September. ABC and NBC told them to come back later. CBS offered each candidate...