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IN Focus: Gov. Pence’s campaign launch gets mixed reviews

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2015) – Governor Mike Pence's re-election campaign is underway. Pence officially announced his run for re-election in a speech at the GOP’s spring dinner Thursday evening.

The governor also addressed the controversy over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, claiming some responsibility for the backlash that ensued.

“Hoosier hospitality came under attack, and let me say from my heart, as your governor, I bear some responsibility for that. ” said Pence. “Indiana won’t tolerate discrimination against anyone- it violates who we are.”

Gov. Pence also laid out broad themes for the 2016 campaign, focusing on his accomplishments in building the state’s economy.

“I have a vision with the best trained workforce in America and better health and quality of life for every Hoosier in every corner of this state,” said Pence. “Our past is behind us. The future is before us.”

Pence promised a tough fight, and said he would not be afraid to take on his opponents if they came after him with negative ads in next year’s campaign.

In the videos below, campaign officials weigh in from both sides of the aisle, as FOX59 interviews Pence campaign spokesman Robert Vane and state Democratic party chair John Zody.