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Rossi announces 'fresh air' bid for governor

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire says we're better off as a state than we were three years ago when she was elected. She spoke at an impromptu news conference Thursday in Olympia after Republican Dino Rossi announced he'll see a rematch for the governor's office.

Gregoire is going to run again for governor, but she doesn't want to formally announce until after the 2008 legislative session. She says she wants to focus on being governor and not campaigning.

In his hour-long kickoff speech, Rossi hammered on Gregoire's record, saying she had failed to show leadership on key issues and is beholden to the Olympia establishment.

Gregoire says she isn't surprised Rossi has already gone negative in his campaign. She says the Republican Party has been attacking her from the day she took office.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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