By Derrick DePledge
Retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka appears in new radio and print advertisements for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, praising her decision to oppose military action against Iraq.
Akaka, along with the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, had been among the minority in the Senate in 2002 to oppose a resolution giving President George W. Bush the authorization for military force in Iraq.
"Aloha, this is Dan Akaka. In 2002 I was one of just 12 Democratic senators who voted against going to war in Iraq. I believed that we were not provided adequate information or a compelling national interest to invade a foreign country and risk the lives of our sons and daughters," Akaka says in the ad.
"Today, we again face the decision whether America should commit to combat in Iraq. Colleen Hanabusa has taken a stand based on her values and convictions. She has said `No, we should not go to war.' It is a courageous stand and I am proud of her. Colleen has the strength, wisdom and foresight to make the right decisions for our country and for Hawaii. She deserves to be our next U.S. senator.
The ad has a technical defect. The Senate vote on the Iraq resolution in 2002 was 77 to 23. Akaka was one of 21 Democrats, one independent, and one Republican voting `no,' not one of just 12 Democrats.
Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary. Schatz has also said he opposes military action in Iraq.