Campaign 'ads' not getting much air time

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama's and John McCain's presidential campaigns are peddling campaign videos as advertising even though they are getting little commercial air time.

The ads contain some of candidates' most provocative claims.

The head of TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a firm that tracks ads, says the spots are designed to get widespread media attention. Analyst Evan Tracey says that way, the campaigns don't incur the expense of buying time to air the ads.

Among the little-aired video spots are a McCain ad that criticizes Obama for supporting sex education for kindergartners and an Obama ad that depicts McCain as technically out of date, unable to use a computer or e-mail.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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