The offer, made in compliance with the FCC’s “equal time” rules, would allow candidates to air their own content at specific times on stations where they requested time. John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore had filed requests with NBC stations last week following Trump’s “SNL'” appearance on Nov. 7.
At least two of the candidates — Graham and Pataki — have been offered 12 minutes on their requested stations during the 9 p.m. hour on Friday, Nov. 27, as well as 12 minutes during the “Saturday Night Live” broadcast on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Graham campaign sent its request to stations in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Pataki campaign’s request went to stations in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and New York.
The candidates have not been invited to appear on “Saturday Night Live,” which is not required under the FCC rules.