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Hassan airs first TV ad

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., leaves a joint House panel public hearing at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., after urging them to pass a bill to license a single casino in New Hampshire. Although the senate passed the bill, the House killed it, making it one of New Hampshire's top stories of the year. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., leaves a joint House panel public hearing at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., after urging them to pass a bill to license a single casino in New Hampshire. Although the senate passed the bill, the House killed it, making it one of New Hampshire's top stories of the year. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Gov. Maggie Hassan launched the first television ad of her re-election campaign today.

Speaking directly to the camera, Hassan pitches herself as a problem solver who can work with people in both parties. In the ad, she highlights five accomplishments during her first term in office that happened on a bipartisan basis: Balancing the budget, freezing in-state tuition at state colleges, expanding Medicaid, addressing the mental health lawsuit and creating a plan to improve roads and bridges.

Ask Republicans, and they’ll say it was the Republican-led Senate that really drove the budget process. The roads and bridges plan Hassan refers to is a bill that increased the state’s gas tax by 4.2 cents to pay for road and bridge repairs.

“For me, reaching out across party lines to get results is just common sense, and that keeps New Hampshire working for all of us,” Hassan says in the ad.

The ad was filmed in the governor’s office.

Of Hassan’s two Republican opponents, only Walt Havenstein has gone up on television so far, airing an ad that focused on his relationship with his wife, Judy. Andrew Hemingway has not aired any television ads.

The primary is Sept. 9 and the general election is Nov. 4.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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