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Case wants Hirono to debate 25 times

By Derrick DePledge


Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case has asked the Democratic Party of Hawaii to host a series of forums across the state where voters can compare him and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono side by side before the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in August.

In a letter to the party chairman Tuesday, Case called for 25 joint appearances during which he and Hirono would discuss public policy issues. He said the format would be preferable to a few statewide television debates, which has become the staple of high-profile Hawaii campaigns.

"I think we should go out there and let folks size us up personally and side by side. It's really the ultimate judgment that voters can make when they take a look personally," Case said in an interview. "There's so much in a modern statewide campaign that's artificial and removed from voters, it's no wonder that voters are disenchanted and disengaged. So I just think this is a great way to re-engage folks."

Dante Carpenter, the party's chairman, said the party is open to the idea, not only for the U.S. Senate primary, but perhaps for other campaigns as well. He said the party had been thinking about something similar before Case's request. He said it is unlikely the party would organize 25 primary events, however.

"It helps to galvanize the party constituency as well as expose the candidates," Carpenter said. "So I think it's a good idea."

A spokeswoman for the Hirono campaign said the congresswoman would release her proposed criteria for joint appearances with Case.

"It's important for people to hear directly from the candidates — and for the candidates to hear directly from the people of Hawaii — which is why congresswoman Hirono holds frequent coffee talks and other events around the state," the spokeswoman said. "During the campaign she will participate in constructive forums which provide voters useful information, have meaningful reach and do not conflict with her congressional duties. We will be releasing our proposed criteria for evaluating joint appearances."

Case trails Hirono in fundraising and early endorsements in the campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, who is not seeking re-election. Calling for debates is a common tactic in underdog campaigns, because debates put the candidates on equal footing and create opportunities to change voter perceptions.

John Carroll, an attorney and former state lawmaker running in the Republican primary for Senate, on Tuesday challenged former Gov. Linda Lingle, the leading Republican contender, to a series of debates. He also said all four candidates should appear at joint forums, since the state's open primary system allows voters to choose which primary to participate in regardless of party affiliation.

Lingle will not debate Carroll. Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle's campaign manager, said the former governor has laid out her policy positions and looks forward to debating the Democratic nominee before the November general election.

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Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Case wants a lot of things, it seems. So do most children. Unfortunately, most of us have jobs and responsibilities that prevent us from granting every child their every desire. So to must Ed Case grow up and realize that asking for the world or for 25 debates is a sign of an irrational child, rather than a reasonable adult. Congress meets until the end of this December 2012, Congresswoman Hirono had an obligation to her constituents to attend to business on Capitol Hill until her term expires and cannot be at the beck and call of Ed Case's desires for a constant barrage of "debates". Most adults can view a couple of debates and make up their minds who to vote for. Many voters already know much about both candidates and have made up their minds, since both Case and Hirono have lengthy political resumes.
on January 5,2012 | 01:43AM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
when did you start using drugs? 25 times! not in this life time. you like bore every man, woman and child in hawaii to death. listening to 1 debate is too much already.
on May 31,2012 | 09:30PM
kiragirl wrote:
25 times? How's about 6?
on January 5,2012 | 03:38AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I would be surprised if Hirono takes part in more than 2 debates.
on January 5,2012 | 05:58AM
wiliki wrote:
I agree. His statements against her were used by the Lingle campaign for governor the last time they competed. Why should Hirono agree to attacks from Case again.
on January 5,2012 | 11:42AM
Lowcal_Boy wrote:
Terrible headline! Case is not asking for 25 debates, he's asking for statewide forums, as stated in the first sentence of this article. It sounds like a good idea to me, much better that scripted debates.
on January 5,2012 | 04:13AM
false wrote:
Yep, misleading headlines, but 6-8 forums is enough.
on January 5,2012 | 04:35AM
sollie wrote:
who pays ? if taxpayers----absolutely not. cost of tv time might equal to more than $300,000 . HOW ABOUT 2 DEBATES & 1 FORUM AT A PUBLIC PARK ,OLD SCHOOL, STYLE? QUESTION & ANSWER TIME." THE TRUTH"
on January 5,2012 | 04:54AM
bender wrote:
I doubt Hirono will make herself available for very many debates (or forums). That would expose her and that's the last thing she needs. She will let Dan Inouye do her campaigning.
on January 5,2012 | 05:08AM
wiliki wrote:
Doubt that. I think that Inouye still remembers that when she was leader of the State Senate's Women's Caucus, Hirono tried to get him kicked out of the Democratic party when he was accused of raping his hairdresser. Inouye is positioning himself as being neutral in this competition. He's knows that he'll have to work with however wins the election. His impartiality shouldn't be looked on as supporting Hirono.
on January 5,2012 | 11:47AM
Wazdat wrote:
Hirano is a JOKE, she wants coofe talks???? How about you get in front of a camera so EVERONE can watch and see how TERRIBLE she is. WHAT HAS SHE DONE....TIME FOR CHANGE
on January 5,2012 | 05:43AM
Opelu wrote:
25......that's a little over the top
on January 5,2012 | 06:09AM
McCully wrote:
I wonder if Hirono needs King Dan to debate for her also?
on January 5,2012 | 06:36AM
rosa wrote:
Mr Case is a smooth talker, probably better than Hirono. However, the people want someone with integrity when they speak and especially when they act. The people of this state will not forget what you did to senator Akaka and because of that you will loose to Hirono. We don't need 25 depates. One is enough. We already know your real character.
on January 5,2012 | 07:06AM
wiliki wrote:
Indeed I find Case's support of the Blue Dog Democrats detrimental to the interests of Hawaii residents.
on January 5,2012 | 11:49AM
butinski wrote:
Ed Case equates to a lot of "hot air".
on January 5,2012 | 04:33PM
MariaBetty wrote:
Hirono ought to use these debates as an opportunity to polish her style and answers, especially after losing to Lingle in the previous Gubernatorial race. I'd hate to see a repeat of this defeat.
on January 5,2012 | 07:40AM
Wazdat wrote:
If its Hirano and Lingle I will vote for Linda. being a lifelong dem I am sick of the same ole B$, time to vote like an independent.
on January 5,2012 | 08:50AM
allie wrote:
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on January 5,2012 | 11:29AM
wiliki wrote:
Then Hirono is probably strong on this score. As an immigrant, she has the love for this country that I find characteristic of citizens who have CHOSEN to become Americans. They probably feel even more strongly than native citizens about the magic of our democracy.
on January 5,2012 | 11:55AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Hirono doesn't have enough of a brain to get through one debate. She's a made up politician who has relied on paid for PR to create an electable image that's fake.
on January 5,2012 | 09:28AM
allie wrote:
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on January 5,2012 | 11:27AM
wiliki wrote:
She has a poor record as governor. I don't know how she can expect to win except that she has not lost before. There's always a first time. That goes for governor Cayetano as well. Hirono has the best record of governance and service in govt as the state's lieutenant governor under Cayetano and as a State Senator and leader of the women's caucus.
on January 5,2012 | 12:01PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Ms. Lingle lost to Ben Cayetano for Governor in 1998, so yes, she has lost before.
on January 5,2012 | 02:48PM
wiliki wrote:
I wonder why Case expects Hirono to debate him when he will not repudiate his bombs in the debates if t hey are used against Hirono in the general election campaign. In the last election Lingle won many of the Case supporters by using Case's statements in her campaign against Hirono. Is it any wonder that Lingle refuses to debate Carrol?
on January 5,2012 | 11:40AM
luvshawaii wrote:
More proganda from the Star Advertiser.
on January 5,2012 | 02:38PM
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