Political Radar


November 14th, 2013

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.

From Hanabusa:

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.

9 Responses to “Debates”

  1. University of Makiki:

    Why is the Schatz campaign giving Hanabusa the brush-off? She has a day job too. And why can't he respond to a personal letter? Is he too busy cashing big DC checks and writing racist memos for mainland liberals? Actually, the staffer who wrote that memo probably wrote this canned response.

    The people of Hawaii deserve a chance to hear these two and compare them side-by-side. Remember, nobody except Neil Abercrombie has cast a vote in this campaign so far.

  2. Maile Lei:

    It seems to me that Senator Schatz has been much more focused on holding press conferences than on any actual work in the Senate. He has been in campaign mode since the day he was first sworn in to office.

  3. Bobby Martin:

    Focused on his work in the Senate? More like focused on asking people for money. I get like five emails from that guy a day. He isn't doing anything in the Senate.

  4. itoboy:

    They'll meet up in debates soon enough. Schatz has nothing to worry about Hanabusa must be desperate for attention. She seems to forget she got utterly demolished on national TV on the O'Reilly show. She was unprepared and admitted she did not see the actual report that she relied upon. I'm no fan of O'Reilly, but for Hanabusa to argue with him without her seeing the video that they are discussing is quite idiotic and very irresponsible. What an embarrassment to Hawaii!

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Politics is a dog eat dog world.

    O'Really is a drama queen. Anybody
    who thinks the way he does, is another person
    who talks in circles and contradicts itself.
    He makes assumptions, since there is no facts.

    No one can speak or do like Senator Inouye.
    Even O'Really would back down. Senator Inouye
    can use a pen and sword in accordance.

  6. Kolea:

    There is a rule in political campaigns: when you are ahead, dodge debates with your opponents; when you are behind, demand debates. SInce Hanabusa has never been a big fan of transparency an accountability, I can only conclude her own internal polling shows here she is behind.

    I have no dount Senator Schatzz will be very willing to debate Hanabusa. Her record, both in the Lege and since she has gone to DC, is certainly very vulnerable to criticism. For those claiming Colleen also "has a day job," come one! Show you have some actual knowledge before trying to spin your tales. As a member of the House Minority, Colleen has very little to do with her time, except doing favors to special interests, like Big Pharma, in order to arrange for campaign contributions or to coordinate illegal, "independent" campaigns.

    Schatz, as a member of the Senate Majority and a chair of an important subcommittee, has a lot of fulltime, official work to be done. It is not that different from the State Lege. Except for the GOP vice-chairs of House committees, the state House Republicans have a lot of free time. They get to cruise. Well, in DC, Colleen gets to cruise as well. Heck, part of her reason for wanting to move up to the Senate is because she wants to get into the game rather than just sit on the bench, twiddling her thumbs.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    schatz is one without breath.
    Those should conserve what little
    breath they have since lack of oxygen
    makes them loopy.

  8. Especially Incognito:

    Marionettes have their strings pulled.
    It seems there are those who have a hand
    up a puppet.

    Is commenting a paid job?

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