Former congressman Ed Case chided U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono on Tuesday for not committing to a debate that is scheduled after their Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in August.
Case, in an email to supporters, said both he and former Gov. Linda Lingle, the leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, have agreed to appear at a debate before the Maui Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 15, four days after the Aug. 11 primary. The invitation was extended to primary winners.
Case has complained that Hirono only agreed to five joint appearances before the primary. Four have already been held.
Real debates highlight records, beliefs, agendas and values. There are major differences between Linda and me that voters deserve to consider. With growing our economy, helping our small businesses and maintaining and creating good jobs our number one priority, the Maui Chamber’s debate is a great one to start with.
But real debates aren’t just about substance, they’re about leadership. I’m ready to fight for our future, all of our futures. It’s not going to be easy, and these debates with Linda will be about who can get the job done, over the next generation.
I look forward to many real debates with Linda throughout the general. I’m sure she, like me, will accept all reasonable opportunities to reach voters including statewide televised debates on our main stations.
Carolyn Tanaka, a spokeswoman for the Hirono campaign, wondered what Case and Lingle would have to debate.
Ed Case and Mazie have appeared in four primary debates already including one before the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. Linda Lingle was invited and she did not show up. Her GOP primary opponent, John Carroll participated. To date Linda Lingle has refused to appear in any debates with former State Senator John Carroll.
If this event were to take place, there is little for Ed Case and Linda Lingle to debate given how much they agree from raising the retirement age for Social Security to supporting President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq , to Ed Case’s opposition to President Obama’s Jobs Act and Linda Lingle’s continued silence against existing proposals to create jobs here in Hawaii and across the country. It would not be much of a debate — more like a family reunion.
*Update: Carroll, Lingle’s primary opponent, also had a chuckle over Case’s missive.
Did the primary end and Mazie and I have lost?
I must have overslept!