POSTED: 9:31 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2012
The four major candidates in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District exchanged barbs during a feisty 90-minute debate tonight that touched on issues ranging from their views on same-sex marriage to their ranges of political experiences.
At the end of the debate, all four candidates said they thought they were able to convince voters of rural Oahu and neighbor island voters they should be chosen on primary election day, Aug. 11.
City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard said she was able to show that her experiences both as a war veteran and legislator puts her in the best position to serve Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.
Esther Kia‘aina, veteran congressional aide and Office of Hawaiian Affairs political advocate, said she believed she was able to articulate that it’s her years in the halls of Capitol Hill makes her most able to hit the ground running in Washington.
Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he was able to separate himself from the pack by reinforcing for voters his record as a former mayor, City Council member and official in both the state and federal levels.
Hilo attorney Bob Marx said he won points by showing that he has more knowledge of financial issues than the other candidates as both a former member of the Oregon legislature and a negotiator in legal matters.