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Hirono, Lingle to meet in first televised debate

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press


The two candidates vying for a U.S. Senate seat in November plan to meet tonight in their first televised debate.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and Republican former Gov. Linda Lingle are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. tonight on KHON in a debate co-sponsored by the Hawaii chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

If the debate follows the themes that have emerged during the race, Hirono will try to link Lingle with national Republicans and Mitt Romney, the presidential nominee trying to stop President Barack Obama from winning re-election.

Lingle will try to paint Hirono as a candidate who doesn't understand the local or national issues she'd face decisions about as a U.S. Senator. She'll also link Hirono with a Congress with an abysmal record and low approval ratings.

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soshaljustic wrote:
Party over this split that has prevented much of government from recovering faster than it has. We do have recovery and the Republicans are very jealous of that fact, so much so their candidate needs to ferret out lies in the most recent debate! Why Romney keeps pumping his lies, and I suspect all party candidates will also, only plays upon the theme the voter MUST VOTE PARTY LINE rather than continue to support hot red lies. Shame, Republicans stoop so low, I almost feel pity for our local politicians that are good people. Clearly the ideological party responsible for the National Debt. as republicans they have caused a near depression. Strong measures by Obama in the stimulus to avert another depression was the only way more people did not end up homeless, hungry, jobless. I cannot imagine what we faced if republicans were allowed four more of Bush/Repub/Have Not years. I dread to think what would happen if we cannot get the entire Dem party in-Vote Party! Liars Out-no more foreclosures -continue the recovery with Obama-keep it Blue!
on October 8,2012 | 08:17AM
waikiicapt wrote:
"...I cannot imagine what we faced if republicans were allowed four more of Bush/Repub/Have Not years. .." Vote for Obama and keep your party line. Bra, you'll KNOW real soon, no more guessing for you. It never ceases to amaze me just how incredibly foolish and uninformed people really are about subjects that impact their lives. You are an exemplary example of why it's a good thing fewer people vote. You're not smart enough to be in an election both.
on October 8,2012 | 09:12AM
serious wrote:
Golly, read some facts. EVERY economist will tell you it was the Clinton Economic plan sponsored by Dodd and Frank that caused the recession---remember the no credit OK, no job, OK, no dowmpayment, OK---facts from those three. Four more years---disaster!!!
on October 8,2012 | 10:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Dear Ms. H:

For 6 years we have paid your salary....more than a million bucks so far.

We have provided a super generous health care package at our cost.

We have provided you a retirement plan for life....way better than anything we will ever see.

We have covered all expenses and made life very comfy for you.

What have you accomplished for us in that 6 years? Did you get even one - one! - bill passed to help us? As your employer, I want to know what I got for my money. "Working collaboratively" doesn't cut it....I want something to show for all that money.What have you been doing to earn your pay?


Hawaii Taxpayers

on October 8,2012 | 09:35AM
Admirable wrote:
I disagree with your statement. You do not speak for nor represent anyone but yourself! Mazie Hirono is the best choice to represent the people of Hawaii in the Senate. I am voting for Mazie Hirono!
on October 23,2012 | 02:18AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I hope voters can ignore the irresponsible, slanted, dishonest ads that are airing in support of Lingle and remember that Mazie gets her support from local folks and Linda's is from the U.S. GOP Chamber of Commerce on the Mainland. I'm a teacher and I support Mazie Hirono.
on October 8,2012 | 09:45AM
serious wrote:
I think it will be a no event. HI votes straight Democratic just like Detroit, Chicago and look at the CA disaster on the tax on gas that THOSE D's voted in???? We need adult supervision--just like Summers said after he met with Obama.
on October 8,2012 | 10:16AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No question that despite big money injections from LL camp followers, Hirono will win big time. That should not give her a free pass. What has Mazie done for us to earn those big dollars? Is it too much to ask that our elected people actually accomplish something of significant value?
on October 8,2012 | 10:30AM
NITRO08 wrote:
nothing was done in washington due to the repubs!
on October 8,2012 | 11:57AM
st1d wrote:
mazie is going to razzle dazzle this debate with her much celebrated list of outstanding accomplishments.

such as when she personally took charge of the thingy when it really needed a lot of hope and change. you can see for yourself how much better it is not that she led the efforts to improve it. and wait until you hear about her other stuff she did or wanted to do or was told by inouye to do or not do.

on October 8,2012 | 01:02PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Aren't we forgetting that the last time a sitting Lt Governor got beat by an outsider (a GASP Republican in Hawaii at that) it was Linda versus Mazie?
on October 8,2012 | 01:50PM
ross13moon wrote:
we might see Lingle wearing a T shirt that says "DAN'S the MAN"
on October 8,2012 | 04:28PM
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