NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gina Raimondo highlights her overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system as a key qualification in her gubernatorial bid, saying she took on a difficult problem and didn't blink in crafting a solution.

The 2011 legislation Raimondo helped push through the General Assembly made national headlines and has been held up as a model for other states struggling with unfunded pension liabilities. But it also earned her the political wrath of public-sector unions and retirees, who sued.

The 43-year-old Democrat says her leadership is what's needed to turn around the sunken economy in Rhode Island, where the unemployment rate has been among the nation's highest for years.

Raimondo is running in the Sept. 9 primary against Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and political newcomer Clay Pell.