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Republican Rauner's TV ad features Democrat wife

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 10:56 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is using a new television ad also featuring his wife to portray himself as a Republican who can work with Democrats.

The 30-second spot released Thursday shows lighthearted banter between the Winnetka businessman and his wife Diana, who is a Democrat. In it, she says she'll vote for her Republican husband because he'll "take on both parties to fix Illinois."

The personal approach differs from ads that ran ahead of the March primary where he vowed to "shake up Springfield" and target "government union bosses."

Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking re-election. His first political ad aired the night of the primary and focused on Rauner's evolving stance on minimum wage. Raising Illinois' wage from $8.25 to $10 is one of the Chicago Democrat's campaign themes.

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