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Hawaii congressional debate reaction drew one word - 'spirited'

Lynn Vasquez Lynn Vasquez
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Dan Boylan Dan Boylan

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cheers, boos, and bursts of laughter - ask the live audience, and the one word nearly everyone used to describe Monday night's congressional debate was 'spirited'.

No matter who they supported, everyone Hawaii News Now spoke with agreed - the debate was lively and passionate with all three leading congressional candidates, Colleen Hanabusa, Ed Case and Charles Djou, proving they can stand their ground.

There were about 150 invited guests in the live audience. But their support didn't start there.

Earlier in the day, before the debate, all three camps took to the streets to sign-wave.

By the time they poured into the Blaisdell Center's Pikake Room, supporters were all charged up, ready to root for their candidate, and eager to hear the rebuttals.

After the debate, the buzz among the audience was over the candidates' witty, and feisty answers.

"I was waiting for them to scrap! but you know I'm all excited I'm still shaking from it!" said Lynn Vasquez, a Case supporter.

"I thought it was nice and spicy between Charles and Ed. My favorite part was when Colleen reiterated her support from Senators Inouye and Akaka," said Robert Allen, a Hanabusa supporter.

"Oh it's great! Charles Djou, without hesitation he answers all the questions," said Philip Ho, a Djou supporter.

"Political dancing? They were doing political cha cha's tango, you name it, they were doing every political dance you could think of!" said political analyst, Dan Boylan.

Boylan says it was very clear that Case, Djou, and Hanabusa were well-prepared, and extraordinarily quick on their feet with their answers and comebacks.

Boylan won't say which candidate's debate skills he thinks came out on top.

But with the live broadcast, live stream on the web, and viewer participation via email, Boylan says the big winner was the audience, both at the debate and at home.

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