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Hanabusa vs. Djou: Part II by grassroothawaii
October 14, 2010, 11:46 am
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By Hideo Hikida

In one of the first public debates since the special Congressional Election in September, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa faced off in front of a crowd of about 60 people at the Plaza Club downtown last night. Instead of a debate filled with personal and campaign attacks, the debate instead seemed to focus on the topic of money. Djou continued to reiterate his stance on fiscal responsibility, suggesting that the government cancel all unspent stimulus funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Troubled Assets Relief Program. Djou also floated the idea of bringing the government employment levels back to circa 2008 by hiring only one employee for every two that leave.

Hanabusa on the other hand continued to advocate for bipartisanship and continued to pledge to work with Congress to build a “better Hawaii.” In response to Djou’s position on limiting Big Government, Hanabusa stated that she wanted to wait for the results of a bipartisan, White-House appointed  task force that was created to answer said question. With the task force slated to make their announcement on December 1st, can Hanabusa afford to wait that long?

According to the latest polls, The Hill 2010 Midterm Election Poll showed Djou with a slight edge at 45 percent, followed by Hanabusa at 41 percent, with 12 percent undecided. Djou’s lead falls within the margin of error of 4.9 percentage points, making the race a statistical tie.

With the race in a deadlock, what will put either candidate over the top? Has Djou showed the people of Hawaii enough during his 2 months in office to deserve a full term in Congress? This race is close enough in that one ill-spoken comment could tip the scales in either favor so it will be interesting (understatement) to see how this race progresses.

Djou will continue to champion his policy of fiscal responsibility and smaller government while Hanabusa will continue to advocate for bipartisan cooperation to get things done. Right now, the big issue lies with the subject of earmarks; and the voters will judge to see if Djou has made any progress  to eliminate earmarks (a promise he made the special election). Djou did manage to give us a quote about earmarks, saying

“”One thing I hear over and over and over again … is if we had an open, honest, clear and transparent budgeting process, is that Hawaii would actually do better than a pork barrel system based on earmarks,”

 

What do you think readers? What will come of this election?

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