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Lingle announces run for U.S. Senate

Lingle answers questions after announcing run for U.S. Senate Lingle answers questions after announcing run for U.S. Senate

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Gov. Linda Linda said her decision to run for the U.S. Senate hinged on one question: Can one person really make a difference in Washington, D.C.?

The information on her Lingle 2012 web site shows she thinks she can.

She announced her candidacy Tuesday.

She'll run as the leading republican seeking the Senate seat that will be vacant when democrat Daniel Akaka retires next year.

"My highest priority is going to be job creation and economic growth," she said.

If elected, Lingle wants to work on reigning in the nation's debt and crafting a fair tax policy.

But she'll have to first win the republican primary, and then a face-off with either democratic congresswoman Mazie Hirono or former congressman Ed Case.

Another obstacle will be democrat Barack Obama.

"It won't an easy race. The president will be on the ballot," she acknowledged..

"Her victory, if she is to win, is going to depend on Obama continuing to sink in the polls, and independents essentially saying anything would be better than this," political analyst Dan Boylan said.

Lingle wants to be America's point person for tourism based on her experience as a two-term governor of a tourist dependent state.

"If the number of people coming to America now was just the same as it was in 2000, we would create 1.3 million new jobs in America," she said.

Hawaii Republican Party interim chair Beth Fukumoto thinks Lingle will benefit from name recognition.

"People know her. And people know her as independent minded. I think that's a good example of a republican," she said.

Lingle said national security and defense are also high on her priority list. Now that she has declared for the senate race, more details will follow.

"I look forward to the 13 months ahead and talking in very concrete terms about what I feel needs to be done to get our country back on track," she said.

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