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Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett releases first campaign ad

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's campaign has released the first ad of the 2014 election cycle, highlighting the cuts he's made in the state during his first three years in office.

"We reduced spending, lived within our budget and not raised taxes, just as I promised to do," the governor is seen saying during the video.

The video, titled "Everywhere," was released Wednesday and touts Corbett's spending cuts, his cuts to state employees to a 50-year low and his crackdown on welfare fraud in the state, which the governor says saved Pennsylvania residents $338 million during his time in office.

"The people of Pennsylvania sent me to Harrisburg not to make friends, but to make a difference and that's exactly what we are doing," Corbett says in the ad.

It's true the Republican governor hasn't made many friends since being elected in 2010. His spending cuts haven't sat well with many in the state, and his poll numbers reflect it. A Franklin & Marshall College poll released last month shows the governor with just a 23-percent approval rating.

Corbett campaigned heavily in 2010 on slashing wasteful spending and keeping taxes low. For the most part, he's kept those promises. However, perceived 2011 education cuts — which were the result of spending cuts and a loss of federal stimulus money the previous administration had used — sank Corbett in the polls. To better his chances for 2014, Corbett announced significant funding increases to education during his 2014 State of the State address.

With no serious challenger from the right, Corbett is looking ahead to what should be a highly contested general election this year. State Democrats have lined up for a shot to take on the embattled Republican and the early front-runner is U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz.

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