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1st Coleman re-election ad casts him as difference-maker

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ST. PAUL (AP) — The first television ad of Republican Norm Coleman’s Senate re-election campaign shows him speaking into the camera about working across party lines.

The traditional ad features with Coleman in an open-collared dress shirt and soft acoustic music playing in the background.

He doesn’t mention Democratic rival Al Franken by name but says "it’s not good enough just to criticize, not good enough to tear something down."

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Coleman’s ad will run for at least two weeks and be seen in markets serving the Twin Cities, Duluth, Rochester and Fargo-Moorhead. The senator’s campaign manager wouldn’t reveal the precise cost to air the ad, saying only it was more than $100,000.

Franken made his TV ad debut in January with two spots — one a testimonial by one of his elementary school teachers and the other flashing images of people and issues that prompted him to run.

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