Editor’s Note: In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run in the Aug. 11 primary for U.S. Representative Congressional District 2. Seven of the eight responded, including Esther Kiaaina. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann and Bob Marx to see how Kiaaina’s positions compare to those of her main competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Kiaaina’s response.Drone Strikes Transportation Federal Debt Economic Growth Health Care Policy Global Warming Bipartisanship District Distinctions 112th Congress Overlooked Issue
1. President Obama has significantly increased the use of drones to assassinate terrorist targets. The policy has been criticized for denying due process rights for at least one American target, and for the collateral killing of civilians. Do you support this policy — why or why not?
I support the President’s use of drones to eliminate terrorist targets that have been leaders in the overall threat to U.S. national security at home and abroad. However, the technology should continue to be reevaluated and improved by U.S. officials to decrease the number of collateral killing of civilians. This can be done through maintaining extremely high standards in target vetting. ↩ back to top
2. Transportation and infrastructure are critical to an island state — especially the neighbor islands. How would you work to increase federal support for Hawaii’s roads, airports and harbors?
I would work with the Governor, and the Mayors of Kauai, Oahu, Hawaii, and Maui counties to identify transportation and infrastructure priority needs for the state and each county. …
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