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by Jennifer Hoff

Obama's closing message makes history

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Six days left in the race for the White House, but history is already being made.

Barack Obama went nationwide tonight - on prime time TV in a half hour infomercial.

The program ran right here on NBC, CBS, and FOX - plus cable.

It cost a million dollars a network, a move that McCain can't match.

Watching off a projector, one crowd gathered in northeast Rochester to catch Obama's closing message.

The ad was a video montage of typical people talking about the challenges they face, with Obama explaining how he would help.

Some analysts say buying up media time is smart, others argue it's overkill.

Despite who's right, Obama is making history.

Mark Murray, NBC News Deputy Political Director says, "Barack Obama is one of the very few candidates in American political history that has the money to be able to spend to run this type of TV buy right before the election."

Obama's main themes tonight centered around the economy and John McCain.

Obama also appeared live tonight from Florida, the same state where John McCain was campaigning today.

Florida is a must win for McCain, but polls show Obama could win there.

McCain's new ad charges Obama lacks experience on the economy - but that ad runs 30 seconds, not 30 minutes.

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