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Lingle: Inouye wants to pick HI's next senator

By OSKAR GARCIA
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle says U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye thinks he should be able to pick Hawaii's next U.S. senator.

The Republican Lingle said in a video promoted by her campaign on Thursday that Inouye, a Democrat, is denying well-documented history between them and personally attacking her in her U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono.

Lingle and Hirono are competing for a seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Tensions between Inouye and Lingle have surfaced as Lingle tries to make her case to Hawaii voters that she's a bipartisan leader who shouldn't be seen as a rubber stamp for Republicans.

Inouye chided Lingle last month for releasing an ad that pictured them side by side, saying it was misleading.

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