U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Thursday challenged U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to a series of 12 debates before the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate next August.
Hanabusa and Schatz are seeking to fill out the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's six-year term, which runs through 2016.
The people deserve the opportunity to hear us, side by side, in order to make an informed decision about who they want representing Hawaii in the U.S. Senate.
The recent impasse over the budget and the debt ceiling remind us of the partisan divide that is extinguishing the people's faith in government.
Let us, as responsible public servants, do our best to restore that faith by listening to our constituents and providing them the forums they need to assess our abilities to serve them in the U.S. Senate.
A Schatz campaign spokesman responded:
Senator Schatz is focused on his work in the Senate to build the middle class and a clean energy future for the people of Hawaii. When the time comes he looks forward to participating in forums and debates across the state, and we look forward to working out details that promote a vigorous exchange of ideas while prioritizing his responsibilities to the people of Hawaii as their U.S. Senator.