Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest campaign television ad shows the softer side of a politician who is known for having sharp elbows.

The spot shows Cuomo, decked out in a white sweater, helping his teen-aged daughter with her homework.

The ad began running over the weekend.

In the ad, Cuomo touts his education record: A new teacher evaluation law and a push for a $2 billion borrowing plan that’s before voters this November aimed at technology purchases for schools.

“Education is the gift we give our children, and they deserve the very best,” Cuomo narrates in the ad. “Over the years, I’ve helped my kids by just being there. That’s why I want real teacher and school evaluations; to stop over-testing our children; not to use Common Core scores for at least five years, and then only if our children are ready. I want to invest $2 billion dollars to build the new technology classrooms of tomorrow. And I still believe the best education equipment is the kitchen table, and the best teacher is the parent.”

The ad appears to be part of a broader effort to round out Cuomo’s harder edges as he runs for a second term.

The governor’s memoir, released last week, has him discussing his ups and downs in life, including his divorce and failed 2002 primary campaign. Cuomo is guarded about both his personal life and especially his family.

But this ad appears to have been shot in the home he shares with Food Network star Sandra Lee, featuring a rare addition of one of his children in a campaign spot (Cuomo and Lee, along with his three daughters, appeared in a video this month to support the Women’s Equality Act).

Policy-wise, the ad is interesting on another level.

The ad’s line about a moratorium for using Common Core scores for “at least five years” is especially intriguing. It’s unclear if the governor is pursuing a new policy stance for a second term. At the same time, Cuomo says he would only allow the test scores “only if our children are ready” but no guidelines are given as to how that would be defined.

The education angle also comes as Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, runs on the Stop Common Core ballot line.

Parents and teachers have blasted the state’s roll out of Common Core in New York and the state Legislature this year agreed to altering aspects of the standards when it comes to student testing and later teacher evaluations.