The First Debate: Sen. Brian Schatz Versus Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

The Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate were in agreement on a wide range of issues.

·By Chad Blair

LIHUE, KAUAI — U.S. Senate candidates Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa went toe-to-toe here Tuesday night in the first of five scheduled joint appearances.

It’s a competitive race that has made national headlines. Just this week The New York Times suggested Gov. Neil Abercrombie might have risked his own re-election when he appointed Schatz rather than Hanabusa to the Senate to fill a vacancy.

Not just any vacancy, it was that of the revered late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye.

For all the talk of the intensity of the race, the Kauai forum was rather relaxed and less

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