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Friday, October 26, 2012
Debate: Djou Closer to the Center
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:27 PM :: 8533 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment


Last night on PBS/KHET, we had our final televised debate with our opponent. It was yet another convincing win as we clearly laid out our vision for preserving the American Dream and making sure the next generation will continue to have their future charted by the size of their dreams, not the size of the debt we leave for them.

Our opponent, however, repeatedly talked about the past assigning blame for our current situation. As Charles spoke about the need to end the partisan squabbling in D.C. and for our country to come together, she spent much of the debate discussing how she viewed politics as an "us" versus "them" fight. Even when given a softball question on finding common ground between the political parties, Colleen Hanabusa, actually stated, "I'm not quite sure what you mean by common ground."

Please encourage your family and friends to watch the replay of last night's debate tomorrow, Saturday, October 27, at 1:00pm on PBS/KHET. They can also watch the debate on-line as soon as it is posted here.

If someone you know is still undecided about this election and has just three minutes, encourage them to watch the unedited closing statement from Monday night's debate given by both Charles and our opponent here.

With only 11 days until the Election, we need your help right now. If you have a few hours to spare, we could use your help with sign waving, phone banking, canvassing, or just talking to your family and friends about the importance of this election. We also need your help financially -- every penny you contribute will immediately go toward keeping our commercials on air and continuing our fight to make sure we have good leaders, like Charles, in Congress.


Team Djou

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LINK: Streaming Video of Debate

Debate: Djou Closer to the Center

SA: Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou said he would work closer to the political center than the extremes.

Djou blamed both political parties for the gridlock in Congress.

"The American people and the people of Hawaii are looking at Congress today and saying, ‘You guys aren't getting anything done,'" he said. "This is a corrosive, poisonous atmosphere over in Washington, D.C. And I think a large part of it is because of a lack of bipartisanship, a failure in the center, and for both parties — Republicans and Demo­crats — (that) have become captured by the hyper-partisan extremes.

"And everything is seen from a hyper-partisan vantage point here."

Djou said that Native Hawaiian federal recognition has not passed in Congress because there was no Republican in the state's congressional delegation to explain to Republican opponents why the issue is important to Hawaii. But Hana­busa said that U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, a senior lawmaker who supports Native Hawaiian recognition, has said that other Republicans do not "understand the indigenous peoples' rights." She said she doubts Djou alone would be able to advance the bill in the House.

Both Hanabusa and Djou said the federal government should reimburse Hawaii and other states and territories for the cost of providing medical care, education and other services to Pacific migrants. Hawaii has estimated that the Compact of Free Association between the United States and Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau costs the state more than $100 million a year.


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