Inouye: The Only Thing That Will Stop Rail is World War III

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

The senior senator from Hawaii came to Waipahu on Thursday to assure anxious construction workers that Honolulu's rail project is on track and has solid federal support.

The only thing that can stop it, he said, is World War III.

Or, perhaps he should have said, Ben Cayetano.

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye did not mention the former Hawaii governor and current mayoral candidate by name. But, with the two pro-rail candidates at his side — incumbent Peter Carlisle and former acting mayor Kirk Caldwell — it was clear that Inouye wanted to not only give a pep talk to employees of Kiewit, the primary rail construction contractor, but demonstrate his political preference.

Who will the senator vote for?

"It's a secret ballot," Inouye responded, getting laughs. "But I won't support someone who is opposed to it."

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