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Pence highlights family

Republican U.S. Congressman Mike Pence became the first candidate in the 2012 race for governor to hit the TV airwaves today.

The biographical ad is narrated by his wife Karen and highlights their first date -- ice skating at the Pepsi Coliseum.

"We held hands as we skated," she recalls, noting the two married 18 months later and are coming up on their 27th wedding anniversary.

"He loves our family and he just loves Indiana," Karen said during the 30-second ad, which also calls Pence a lifelong Hoosier and focuses on growing up in Columbus, going to college in Indiana and the start of his career in the state.

The ad will run on broadcast television and cable systems all across Indiana.

In the last week, Democrat opponent John Gregg has been trying to gain traction by calling Pence a Virginian running for office in Indiana. Pence has a home in Arlington, Va. where he and his family live part of the year because of congressional duties.

To see the ad: http://bit.ly/IVKkmr.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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