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July 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

McKenna campaign debuts first TV ad

Updated to include video:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna debuted his first television advertisement Friday at a luncheon with women leaders.

The 30-second ad details McKenna’s “new direction for Washington,” listing several parts of his campaign platform, from reforming state government and increasing math and science education programs to making the state pay for half the cost of higher education (currently, the state only pays for about 30 percent).

McKenna, who appears in the fast-paced ad talking with his children and running with his wife, also squeezes in some biographic information, including that he serves as state attorney general and he served as student body president of the University of Washington.

The spot will air in the Seattle, Spokane and Yakima TV markets, campaign spokesman Charles McCray said.

McCray declined to say how much the campaign was spending on the ad or how long it will air.

Democrat Jay Inslee launched his first ad, a minute-long biographical spot called “Get to Work,” earlier this month.

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