Candidates for Governor participate in forum

All four candidates hoping to become the next Governor of Hawaii participated in a forum Monday night.

It was hosted by Hawaii Public Radio.

The candidates for governor talked about a wide range of issues including homelessness, and legalized gambling.

“My proposal is to get a large cruise ship to allow gambling in Hawaii but have a caveat in there to be re-looked at in eight years to let it continue or not by the voters,” said Jeff Davis, (L) for Governor.

“Yes I’m opposed to legalized gambling here in the state of Hawaii.  I really believe that it would destroy the culture, the essence, the brand of Hawaii,” said David Ige, (D) for Governor.

“I think the answer lies in regards to ideology.  And where would you make the shortfall up from?  You’re asking for revenue enhancement.  I don’t believe we need revenue enhancement in regards to some of the shortfalls that may come up in regards to our budget,” said Duke Aiona, (R) for Governor.

“I think this is one issue I agree with David and Duke across the board.  I’ve always been opposed to gambling.  And I’ll continue to be opposed to gambling,” said Mufi Hannemann, (I) for Governor.

Members of the audience, which included supporters of the different campaigns, also got to ask questions.

They asked the candidates about topics including energy independence, medical marijuana dispensaries, and what the main objective of their administration would be.

The gubernatorial candidates will meet about ten more times over the next month for forums and debates, including one that KHON2 is hosting with AARP on October 7 at 7 p.m.

The General Election is set for Tuesday, November 4.

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