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Punchy National Democrats: Aiona doesn't love Obama enough
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 7915 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Attack Ad Misses the Mark


HONOLULU - Travis Taylor, communications director of the Aiona-Finnegan Campaign, today issued the following statement in response to an attack ad released by the Democrat Governors Association.

"Our opponents' latest attack ad takes one line out of a speech about a balanced, two-party system in state government in a desperate attempt to avoid the fact that Neil Abercrombie wants to apply his Washington brand of politics and values to increase the cost of living here in Hawai‘i.

"Duke was discussing the kind of Washington policies that our opponent supports, which have resulted in part in approximately $18 million worth of stimulus funds going to Americans who have passed away and approximately $4.3 million to those who are incarcerated.

"Our opponent is losing the battle of ideas and real solutions.

"Duke and Lynn are offering the people of Hawai‘i real solutions to create job opportunities, strengthen the economy and reform our public education system.

"The people of Hawai‘i want us to focus on the issues, not more partisan rhetoric."



The DGA’s ad wields the president’s enduring home-state popularity against Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, using a clip of the Republican insisting his election would be a “knockout punch” for the White House.

The DGA’s narrator begins: “President Obama is working hard to create jobs, improve health care and educate our children. But what is Duke Aiona’s plan?” Then, it cuts to Aiona: “Hawaii is the home state of Barack Obama,” he says, “and what better way to at least get that knockout punch?”

Former Democratic Rep. Neil Abercrombie is viewed as the favorite in this race, but as in South Carolina, there are indications that the contest has tightened and the RGA has run multiple ads for Aiona. The DGA’s signoff line casts Aiona as an opponent of the national Democratic agenda, saying: “Politics as usual will not educate our children, create jobs or improve health care in Hawaii.”

Watch the ad here.


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