NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Clay Pell says he is disappointed that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has joined Treasurer Gina Raimondo in launching a negative campaign in the Democratic primary.

Pell responded to an ad Taveras released this week criticizing him for having nine jobs in eight years and questioning his credentials as a Rhode Islander.

Pell spoke on Thursday while unveiling his health policy plan. Pell said campaigns should be about ideas and the future, and not about "tearing people down."

It was the first attack ad aimed at Pell. Until now, Raimondo has aired ads critical of Taveras' record in Providence and the city's high unemployment. Taveras responded to Raimondo by defending his record. Pell has stuck to positive commercials highlighting his policy ideas.

Pell said his campaign has energy and momentum.