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Abercrombie Believes Obama Will Emerge as Frontrunner

Rep. Neil Abercrombie Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Abercrombie joined KHNL News 8's Angela Keen Tuesday morning Rep. Abercrombie joined KHNL News 8's Angela Keen Tuesday morning
Hawaii-born US Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president on February 10 Hawaii-born US Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president on February 10

HONOLULU (KHNL) - U.S. Congressman Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii says his old friend Barack Obama is on a path to the White House.

Rep. Abercrombie was a guest on KHNL News 8 Today on Tuesday morning.

The Democrat has known the Obama family since the 1960s.

"I knew Barack's mom and dad, and I went to school with his father at the University of Hawaii, before he went to Harvard and back to Kenya."

Abercrombie says back then, Barack was known as "Little Barry."

He says Obama has always had an engaging and magnetic personality.

"I think part of his appeal is his the fact that he understands our diversity.  He defines us, rather than divides us.  And that's a message that I think needs to be taken into this poisonous political atmosphere."

Abercrombie says Obama will emerge as the frontrunner in the Democratic Party.

"I believe he'll do very well.  I believe he'll be nominated.  I'm certainly going to work very hard for that to take place."

Abercrombie also discussed the current state of the Iraq War.

He says Democrats and a growing number of Republicans are working together to pass the Iraq Resolution.

The Congressman has influence in Washington as the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces.