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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, August 17, 2006

Case wants to work with Akaka on debate details

Advertiser Staff

U.S. Rep. Ed Case said yesterday he would ask that all negotiations regarding the format for his Aug. 31 debate with U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka on PBS Hawai'i be made public.

Case, in a letter to Akaka, also asked the senator to work with him so the debate would also be televised by commercial stations or C-SPAN. The congressman has been disappointed that Akaka has agreed to only one debate and has rejected any candidate-to-candidate questions.

"Voters are owed a full debate," Case said at a news conference. "Voters are owed a full, informed choice."

Akaka's campaign said the debate format would be discussed with the sponsor, AARP Hawai'i.