Sen. Inouye Backs Hirono in U.S. Senate Race
"This sounds silly to some but I have not used the word 'endorse,' so I can say with a straight face that I have not endorsed anyone, but I'm friendly to Mazie," Inouye said in an interview in his U.S. Capitol office. "I've been to her fundraisers."
Asked if it would be fair to say that he hopes Hirono wins, the senator replied: "I think so. I'm being honest with you."