Audience Disrupts TV Debate

Where's the Aloha spirit?

That was my question after the Hawaii News Now/Honolulu Star-Advertiser televised debate Monday night. I've seen political debates across the country for three decades, and I can't recall one where the audience played such a disruptive role.

Usually, these events have a great deal of dignity. The audience is told, before the candidates come onto the stage, that they should cheer at the start and then hold their reaction until the very end. Well, I wasn't in the Blaisdell hall where the debate took place Monday night, but you could tell by the way both candidates appeared to get frustrated trying to get their message across that the audience was getting in the way.

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