Senate Candidate Announces First Ads in Michigan Race

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters is launching at least $1 million in TV ads focusing on his middle-class roots in Michigan.

Two ads announced Thursday will be the first aired by a candidate in the tight race and not outside groups. The ads are biographical and feature the suburban Detroit congressman and his wife talking about his upbringing, military service and education.

One ad starts running Friday during the Sweet 16 games played by Michigan State and the University of Michigan. In one, Peters says the state is strong only when middle-class families are strong and it's what he fights to protect.

Peters is running against Republican Terri Lynn Land. He's the target of a conservative group's TV and radio ads attacking him over the federal health care law.