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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / JAN. 18, 2012

Sam Slom speaks on the Senate floor during the opening of the 2012 legislature.

On the heels of Ben Carson’s exit from race for GOP presidential nominee, Hawaii state Sen. Sam Slom has shifted his endorsement to Ted Cruz.

The state’s lone Republican senator had previously supported Carson, who dropped out of the race on Friday.

In throwing his support behind Cruz — whose victories on Super Tuesday established him as the Republican establishment’s apparent last, best hope to prevent Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination — Slom cited Cruz’s core conservative values.

“After eight long years of Barack Obama’s failed policies, I want someone in the White House who respects the presidency, who respects the American people, and who respects the U.S. Constitution,” Slom said in a statement released today. “Ted Cruz will excel on all those points and more. I urge my fellow Republicans in the Aloha State to join me in supporting consistent conservative Texas senator Ted Cruz to become our party’s nominee and become the forty-fifth president of the United States.”

Slom’s endorsement comes in advance of the Hawaii GOP presidential caucus on March 8 and just two days after Slom was hospitalized after taking ill during a Senate floor session.

“I would be hard-pressed to support candidates who have spent their lives propping up policies and institutions which are bad for our country,” Slom said. “Unlike many who threw their hats in the ring in 2016, Ted Cruz has shown us repeatedly that he will take the fight to both parties if necessary to defend our freedoms, our privacy, our opportunities and our hard-earned money.”

35 responses to “State Sen. Slom shifts to endorse Cruz”

  1. seaborn says:

    He had to really think about his selection, given the poor choices presented to him.

    • peanutgallery says:

      You Dems were given two candidates. Two old white folks. Great choice! By the way, Debbie Wasserman couldn’t answer the question, but maybe you can: what’s the difference between the current Democratic party platform and socialism?

      • Boots says:

        The same difference between current republican platform and socialism? I mean the republican party has pushed for a large military industrial complex which is a part of socialism. Republican socialism however feeds the top 10% while democratic socialism feeds the bottom 90%

        Actually the democrats I believe had 4 candidates and 2 have dropped out. The democratic debates sure are better than the republican debates unless of course you are a professional wrestling fan.

        • Denominator says:

          Showing a lot of ignorance here. A strong or weak military is unrelated to socialism. Try some math and see if you can figure out how 10% can feed 90% and then ask yourself why they would want to. Go feed yourself.

      • allie says:

        lots of differences hon…look up socialism.

      • oxtail01 says:

        At least Dems got candidates. Repubs got liars, frauds, and conmen (their own words) and Slom is backing a liar who backstabbed his first choice Carson. Think Slom is still ill.

    • allie says:

      Slom has a shifty, sleazy reputation as the SA stories on his legal and personal problems have pointed out. But so does Cruz. Cruz does know how to bamboozle the evangelicals though. He is a dangerous man who clearly hates America. He cost the tax payers billions of dollars in his silly effort to shut down the government and to throw the stock market into chaos with his move to not lift the debt limit. Cut the government? sure…now tell us who will be getting fewer dollars? The poor? The elderly.? The sick? Stop the shibai.

  2. fairgame947 says:

    Cruz was the undoing of Carson by the lie in Iowa that Carson was dropping bis campaign. At that point Ben was not dropping. Becauze of Cruz’ lie many Iowans switched their vote. Cruz is a caustic, unpleasant man.

  3. Andrew1 says:

    I just want someone who can get along with others and get this country moving in the right direction again. Ted Cruz is NOT that person. He is a junior senator who was an obstructionist. Sorry, I don’t want another 4 years from a junior senator who doesn’t play well with others.

    • HanabataDays says:

      You set up a false equivalence between Cruz and Obama in your last sentence that’s belied by the previous sentence. It’s the obstructionists — not Obama — who can’t “play well with others”. They’re the ones whose idea of a playground basketball game is to grab the ball and pass it around among themselves so nobody gets any opportunities to score. I defy anyone to “play well” with “others” of that ilk.

      • sarge22 says:

        Punahou basketball. Obama

      • Andrew1 says:

        Sorry, I didn’t go to Punahou. I blame both sides of the aisle! Both only want things done their way. Both do not play well with others. Democrats are just as guilty of it as Republicans. Thank you for your implied agreement in this matter.

        • hawaiikone says:

          Obviously you’re right, but our in house “experts” wear either blue or red blinders…

    • Jonathan_Patrick says:

      Please join me on the 2024 ticket.

  4. HanabataDays says:

    Mini-stroke on Friday … Cruz endorsement on Sunday.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  5. MichaelG says:

    We forgot we are in this mess due to the reckless administration of GW Bush! Attacked Iraq by misleading the public about weapons of mass destruction, then leaving the our economy in near collapse. Congress has blocked everything this president has tried to do.

  6. MoiLee says:

    Cruz, Rubio, Kasich or better yet! Donald Trump ALL are better than Hillary Clinton. So Stop grumbling & Bring your “A” game to the polls this Tuesday and VOTE!!!

    • Boots says:

      Sorry, no polls this Tuesday, just caucuses. lol I was tempted to join the republican party to vote for the Donald but as I will be voting in the democratic caucus on the 26th, there is something that probably prohibits this. And who really wants to become a republican? A bankrupt party. lol

    • allie says:

      As an independent, I could vote for kasich. He is a very decent Governor of Ohio. Even many Democrats like his moderate, effective ways. Hillary has asked me to support her and I could do that as well. Cuz and Slom both have a sleazy side that I dislike.

      • Cellodad says:

        My only reservation about Katich–who seems fairly reasonable–is his deliberate dismantling of the formerly highly regarded Ohio public education system which has been plagued by falling indicators since he took office.

  7. bigisle1 says:

    Say it ain’t so, Sam!

    • Jonathan_Patrick says:

      Maybe play it again, Sam, is better. In a related comment, Ronald Reagan was a Democrat who turned into a Republican. One of requirements of becoming POTUS may be to hold the office of governor of a State. However that alone would not ensure success: note the diversity in success among Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Uh oh Trump only made money in Real Estate: maybe that’s not a good enough prerequisite. Donald appears to be inflicted with the same social disease that had taken over Dave Shoji and Ronald Reagan: JUST FOR MEN !!!

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