Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona held a news conference today to again chide former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie for not accepting his challenge for six one-hour debates on public-policy issues in their campaign for governor.
Today, under Aiona’s proposal, would have been the first debate on jobs and the economy.
“I have yet to get a response from him and, as such, here were are,” the Republican candidate told reporters at his campaign headquarters. “I guess you could say it’s `in absentia.’ I am here in absentia of Neil Abercrombie, waiting to debate on jobs and economy.”
Laurie Au, a spokeswoman for the Abercrombie campaign, said the Democratic candidate has so far agreed to two televised debates and several forums. She said the two televised debates are Oct. 14 on PBS’s “Insights” and Oct. 22 on KITV.
Aiona said he is in discussions with television stations and others about debates and forums with Abercrombie but had not yet committed to any specific dates.
*Update: Travis Taylor, a spokesman for the Aiona campaign, said tonight: “We have conditionally accepted the KITV debate.”
*Update I: The two campaigns announced on Saturday that they have agreed to a series of debates, including televised debates on PBS and KITV.