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Case, Hirono pick apart each other's record in debate

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 03:25 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2012

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case took a more assertive track Thursday night in the final debate with U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono before the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, casting Hirono as a fringe liberal who considers the federal budget deficit an inconvenience. But Hirono picked apart Case’s record in Congress, citing votes on family planning, prescription drug coverage for seniors and immigration that are likely to be unpopular with many Democrats.

In the live 90-minute television debate sponsored by Hawaii News Now and the Star-Advertiser, the moderate Case sought to make a distinction between what he described as the “easy votes” as opposed to the “right votes.” 

“Mazie believes that a budget is not important. Mazie believes that a budget is an inconvenience. I believe that you have to provide some fiscal responsibility and stability in order to afford Planned Parenthood — for assistance for women — in order to afford a whole range of items into the next generation.”

The liberal Hirono zeroed in on the portions of Case’s record where he appeared more in line with national Republicans, not only on budget-related votes to cut family planning or against expanding prescription drug coverage for seniors, but on other public-policy choices.

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HaleiwaJoe wrote:
It's all too obvious why Hirono has been ducking debates. Put aside the differences on issues, she simply doesn't have the intellectual weight to be a Senator. The Lingle campaign was the big winner this evening.
on July 26,2012 | 10:18PM
OldDiver wrote:
Republicans want to destroy Social Security and Medicare, keep tax breaks for the rich, de-regulate wall street even more, offshore American jobs and Linda Lingle as a Republican Senator would be towing that line. After receiving over $500,000 from the US Chamber of Commerce Lingle will be forced to side with corrupt corporations and foreign countries who gave money to the Chambers Super PAC.
on July 27,2012 | 12:02AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Strange as somehow I thought I was watching another former Hawaii resident to dodges questions by evading questions by going off in a tangent and often requiring a prepared script or teleprompter so they could answer a question they were clueless about. Please enough of the immigration from Japan already! Many people immigrated legally after waiting 10 plus years and working to make it in the U.S. paying taxes and claiming legal dependents not so with many illegal immigrants as found in the continental U.S.which the IRS and Congress which Maxie is fully aware of or is ignoring that are draining tax payer money in the billions with false claims of dependents in Mexico who have never entered the U.S. What does she say she is doing about this? Not one news source in Hawaii has mentioned this in the news. Has anyone covered or inquired about the Indiana TV station WTHR investigative report "ILLEGAL Immigrants Receive $Billions Yearly via IRS Loophole INCOME TAX FRAUD ." Or how about? "ICE, Border Patrol unions claim illegal immigrants exploiting 'dreamer' policy"
on July 27,2012 | 02:01AM
OldDiver wrote:
The debate was fairly even. That was predictable since Ed and Maize agree on most of the issues. Let's remember we are electing a US Senator and not selecting the winner of a debate.
on July 27,2012 | 12:05AM
OldDiver wrote:
on July 27,2012 | 12:06AM
Admirable wrote:
Congresswomen Hirono made several points with regards to her support for Health Care and planned parenthood, in addition to her strong support for Social Security benefits and Medicaid to those that have earned it and depend on it. Her opposition to the Invasion of Iraq are in stark contrast to Ed Case's positions in support of the Invasion and war on Iraq as well as his support for the PATRIOT ACT and votes to cut funding of planned parenthood in spite of the many women that depend on the health care that is provided. Congresswoman Hirono held her own and seemed to make many points of real substance while Case was a little more polished but his points were technique and not substance.
on July 27,2012 | 12:44AM
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