Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Dole and her husband, Bob, former Kansas Congressman, have lived in Washington's Watergate complex for years and own a vacation condominium in Florida.
But they chose to put a picture of the Salisbury house where Mrs. Dole grew up on the front of their Christmas card this year. The card has a message that reads, "From our home to yours."
The card could fan complaints from critics who say Mrs. Dole doesn't really live in North Carolina.
Jay Warshaw, a spokesman for her campaign, said the Doles own the home where her 100-year-old mother still lives.
"It's where she grew up," Warshaw said. "They both stay there when they are not traveling."
Mrs. Dole, 65, left North Carolina after college. But she changed her voter registration from Kansas to North Carolina and listed the house in Salisbury as her residence just before she announced her plan to run for Senate.
Warshaw said he didn't know if Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential candidate, had ever lived in the house.
"But he has spent holidays there, particularly Christmas for the past 28 years," Warshaw said.