Gas Station TV Drops Axe on Political Ads

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Gas Station TV Drops Axe on Political Ads

DETRIOT -- Presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s political advertisements regarding his stance on rising energy costs originally created to air on Gas Station TV has been nixed.

While Gas Station TV regularly sells advertising on small, gas pump televisions, the Michigan-based company’s CEO, David Leider, told the Associated Press (AP) that the company did consider running campaign ads, but ultimately decided against it.

Leider told AP that the content of the commercial which purportedly had Obama underscoring high gas prices while underscoring his opponent Senator John McCain’s voting record on energy issues, was not the issue. "We avoid politics in general," he told AP.

According to Leider, the Obama campaign did not receive approval to move forward with a media buy. "At no time did Gas Station TV receive what is known in the media industry as an insertion order, which is required to purchase ads on the network," a released statement noted.

If the spots did run in Tampa, Orlando and Miami, drivers filling up would have heard Obama pledging a $1,000 energy rebate while making energy independence a priority, if elected president.