Politics

Hawaii: President Barack Obama Makes Closing Argument for Mazie Hirono

Rep. Mazie Hirono (D) appears to be cruising to victory in the open-seat Senate race in Hawaii, but she's nonetheless getting a final boost from President Barack Obama. A new radio ad released over the weekend by the Hirono campaign features Obama expressing support for the Congresswoman, highlighting her connection to his family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvtFddCA7aw "Years ago, Mazie worked with my late grandmother.  So Mazie isn’t just a reliable partner of mine in Washington; she is part of my ohana at home in Hawaii," Obama said. "Now, I need Mazie’s cooperative style and commitment to middle-class families in the U.S. Senate." Obama, who was born in Hawaii, remains very popular in the state. It is one of the few places where a Democratic Senate candidate would want a vocal endorsement from the president. "I'm very pleased and humbled President Obama is speaking directly to the people of Hawaii on my behalf.  Like so many of us in Hawaii, I am inspired to be part of President Obama's ohana," Hirono said. Ohana is a Hawaiian term generally meaning "extended family." A Hawaii poll conducted at the end of October found Hirono leading former GOP Gov. Linda Lingle by 22 points. Roll Call rates the race as Likely Democratic.