Following the Gov Debate, in 140 Characters or Less

Civil Beat's Chad Blair live-tweeted Monday night's Hawaii News Now/Honolulu Star-Advertiser televised debate between Democratic rivals Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann at the Blaisdell Center. Read a recap of the event through his tweets, all short and sweet.

6:14 p.m. Aloha from the Blaisdell Center for the live TV debate between Democrats Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie. #becivil

6:15 p.m. This is the last statewide-televised debate between the two governor candidates before the Sept. 18 primary. #becivil

6:19 p.m. Democratic primary for governor is too close to call. Winner will likely face Republican Duke Aiona in general. #becivil

6:29 p.m. Mufi is in the house. Supporters in red shirts are going nuts. Neil's here too, but you wouldn't know by the crowd. #becivil

6:29 p.m. I stand corrected! Neil is walking to the other side of the Pikake Room where his supporters are screaming too. #becivil

6:33 p.m. With KHON debate pau and Hawaii News Now tonight, it's the last time Mufi and Neil will debate on TV. #becivil

6:34 p.m. Neil had agreed to PBS debate this month and KITV next month, but Mufi declined for "scheduling" reasons. #becivil

6:35 p.m. I am sitting near Hawaii News Now's Keahi Tucker and Howard Dicus. I can almost touch them but won't. #becivil

6:36 p.m. I'm also close enough to Mufi supporter Keith Rollman that I can hit him with a paper airplane. But I won't. #becivil

6:39 p.m. Mufi: Executive experience, worked for Ariyoshi and Waihee, followed Fasi, grew up in Kalihi, saw JFK as a kid. #becivil

6:42 p.m. Neil: Mom told him to stand for people, he is agent of change, he supported Obama before anyone else. #becivil

6:43 p.m. Mufi dismisses Ed Case charge of being dangerous politician who will set Hawaii back. He cites record in office. #becivil

6:44 p.m. Neil says Ed Case speaks for himself, says the campaign should not be negative but about the issues. #becivil

6:46 p.m. Neil says he, like Jack Burns, came from Congress to be a strong governor. People have trusted him for 36 years. #becivil

6:47 p.m. Mufi says gov job is really about administration, management. Once again mentions Kauai, Big Isle mayor support. #becivil

6:51 p.m. Neil scores better than Mufi on answer about how to handle furlough Fridays; shows passion, cites values. #becivil

6:53 p.m. Mufi mentions again that he ran 12th-largest city in the U.S., and that he grew up and went to school in Kalihi. #becivil

6:55 p.m. Mufi mentions again Kenoi's support in answer to question about helping Big isle with transportation, drought. #becivil

6:59 p.m. Neil seems energized, reclaiming old fire. But Mufi parries well with brining up Neil's past statements. #becivil

7:01 p.m. Neil zings Mufi on Kalihi giant property tax, but Mufi says it wasn't his call, Neil not understand budgets. #becivil

7:02 p.m. Neil retorts well on Kalihi issue, saying Mufi once again blames problems on someone else. Crowd eats it all up. #becivil

7:09 p.m. Keahi Tucker's lightening round questions range from banal to humorous to silly. But then, this is television. #becivil

7:12 p.m. Mufi shows mastery of state, city budget figures, but Neil supporters groan when he says he helped homeless. #becivil

7:18 p.m. Mufi says mailer on Neil's record based on facts from reputable sources, but Neil says one source was Republican. #becivil

7:24 p.m. AARP Hawaii asks how Neil, Mufi will help aging population, a big issue that has not received much attention. #becivil

7:27 p.m. Mufi talks around question on ceded land money, Neil says Akaka bill will be enabling bill to help resolve issue. #becivil

7:30 p.m. Both candidates run over time on answering questions; pity they can't have a few more seconds to finish. #becivil

7:35 p.m. Neil says Mufi still sending out negative mailer, but Mufi says its the Postal Service and he restates apology. #becivil

7:37 p.m. Neil says Mufi should have disavowed mailer to neighbor island residents. Mufi supporters boo him. #becivil

7:39 p.m. Hawaii News Now's Tannya Joaquin tries to cool crowd, asks them to show more respect. That's live TV, baby. #becivil


7:51 p.m. Neil suggests a mega-lottery might work in Hawaii (but not casinos or lottery), but Mufi says no to gambling. #becivil

7:53 p.m. Mufi is eloquent on how his faith is important to him, but says he does not take orders from ecclesiastical order. #becivil

8:00 p.m. Mufi closing remarks: management, track record, Fasi family loves me even though he ruffles feathers sometimes. #becivil

8:01 p.m. Neil's closing remarks: came to UH 51 years ago, diversity defines and not divides us, all about trust and faith. #becivil

8:03 p.m. The entire audience gives Mufi and Neil a standing ovation for the televised debate. Wish we had more like this! #becivil

Impressions? Join the Civil Beat debate about the governor's race. You can follow Chad on Twitter @chadblaircb.

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