FACT CHECK —Djou: I Was Hawaii's Most Moderate Congressman

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In a recent debate with Democratic opponent Colleen Hanabusa, Republican Charles Djou said that he is proud of his record as a moderate representative.

“I am proud of the National Journal ranking me as one of the only 10 moderates left in Congress when I was there in the 111th Congress,” Djou said during the Sept. 25 1st Congressional District debate on Hawaii Public Radio. “I was the most independent member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation and broke ranks with pretty much almost any — more so than almost any other Republican and I’m proud of that.”

Djou, who served in Congress for seven months after winning a 2010 May special election, is only the third Republican Hawaii has ever sent to Congress. After losing to Hanabusa in November 2010, he's trying to regain the seat by emphasizing his bipartisanship.

The ability to work across party lines has become a major selling point this election both in Hawaii and nationally. Given the degree of political polarization in D.C., candidates like Djou have sought to prove that they'll be different through their willingness to think beyond their party's ideology.

But is what Djou said accurate?

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