Political Radar


June 27th, 2014

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has a new TV spot in his re-election bid Senate campaign.

The 30-second spot, which began airing Friday, features Schatz talking about his efforts to help reign in the amount of student loan debt saddled upon generations of current and future college graduates.

Schatz is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the August primary.


12 Responses to “'Generation'”

  1. nonpolitic:

    Re-election? I didn't realize Mr. Schatz was elected into his senate office.

    By the way, is that the Punahou campus he's using as a backdrop?

  2. innocent observer:

    he fought to lower student loans interest rate. Really, what did he do, just vote yes? it must have been hell of a fight. don't see any scars on him.

  3. itoboy:

    Schatz introduced the College Affordability and Innovation Act along with Sen. Murphy from CT. http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20131208_Youngest_US_senators_Schatz_Murphy_want_to_lower_college_costs.html?id=234958321 Also, Schatz and Hirono co-sponsored Sen. Warren’s Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. One of them was signed into law (pictured in his commercial) - not sure which one.

  4. Especially Incognito:

    "Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and
    Brian Schatz of Hawaii plan to submit the legislation next week.
    Both are still paying off their college loans."
    Seems while still paying for their loans, they want to benefit as well.

    "Is this something you can Google?
    This is interesting first-hand smoke to me."
    "not sure which one".

    How come, you are not sure which one?

  5. (Jesse)James:

    $1,500??? Really????...my student loan debt is over $100,000 and I'm paying it off every month. I'm glad I can get federal assistance to really reign in my debt now....LOL

  6. itoboy:

    With a superior IQ in his/her own mind, Especially Incognito probably has the answer, so why bother searching Google when you can go to the zoo and watch Especially Incognito do flips? His spelling has improved, but he's still entertaining. Have a good weekend!

  7. Especially Incognito:

    itoboy, I admit you are a genious.

    At least my IQ is not 1, itoboy.

  8. Hanalei Moon:

    When is Schatz going to repay his own low interest student loans? He is part of the problem. Pay it off and give others the opportunity, Schatz. I mean it has been like 20 years since you were in college. Inexcusable.

  9. TKeiko:

    The photo in the commercial is from August 2013. The bill being signed is neither of the ones itoboy refers to. It was a bill that came from the House. Schatz was a cosponsor of a related bill that died in the Senate.

    Warren's Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act died in the Senate because of a filibuster. Murphy's College Affordability and Innovation Act was referred to a committee that has never heard it.

  10. Much ado:

    Bragging about saving me $1500? And the cap is only good for two years? And the bill he's bragging about in the ad looks nothing like the one he introduced?

    Yes, college should be affordable, and it doesn't look like Schatz helped all that much (either the resulting act or his contribution to it).

  11. Especially Incognito:


  12. TMac:

    I guess his math skills are as good as Abercrombie's. Did he say he paid $1,500 for the photo opportunity with the president?

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