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Schatz, Hanabusa talk relationships in 1st debate

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:00 p.m. HST, Jul 01, 2014

For Democratic rivals Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa, politics is all about relationships.

Schatz says he's been surprised at how many friends he's made as a freshman U.S. senator. Hanabusa says her time in state government before getting to the U.S. House shows how she's earned respect and confidence of peers.

And both candidates vying to fill the rest of deceased U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's term through 2016 say Hawaii needs those relationships. The candidates took part in their first debate Tuesday night on Kauai.

Schatz, the incumbent appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie after Inouye's death in 2012, says he's been working with lawmakers he often disagrees with on issues where they share common ground. Hanabusa, Inouye's favored pick to succeed him, says collaboration is key in a Republican-dominated House.

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AmbienDaze wrote:
did colleen get a face lift or something? she looks HOT!
brian gotta do something about his gap tooth and the mean overbite.
on July 1,2014 | 08:28PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Were you drunk or highly inebriated when you wrote your comment on Hanabutta? Geezus, she defines the word UGLY!!!!
on July 1,2014 | 10:17PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Somebody refresh me: do we vote for two senators regardless of where we live?
on July 1,2014 | 08:50PM
Skyler wrote:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/HI We have 2 senators but we don't vote for them at the same time. As you can see, Schatz is up for election now; Mazie's up for re-election in 2018.
on July 1,2014 | 10:11PM
rirapoza wrote:
Yes, everybody votes for both senators, but their terms are staggered. This year it's a special election to fill the remainder of Senator Inouye's term. Whoever wins will have to run again in two years (which would have been the end of Inouye's term). Then Hirono's term is up in 2018.
on July 1,2014 | 10:12PM
Skyler wrote:
OH & yes - that's true. The Congressional House Rep. is by district: CD1 & CD2.
on July 1,2014 | 10:13PM
mikaele1 wrote:
Schatz has the seniority and youth both make him the right choice. It will be interesting to see if the old guard democrat machine can pull Hanabusa to a win.
on July 1,2014 | 08:58PM
false wrote:
But Hanabusa has the brains and Schatz is just an empty lost toddler.
on July 1,2014 | 09:17PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
But they're both corrupt and represent the unions, not the voters.
on July 1,2014 | 10:20PM
LanaAloha wrote:
I just don't like that Schatz just seems like a smile, schmooze and vote down party lines kind of guy.
on July 2,2014 | 12:25AM
false wrote:
I like Cam Cavasso.
on July 1,2014 | 10:21PM
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