By CATHY BUSSEWITZThe Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says he will participate in five debates and forums ahead of a Democratic senate primary against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
Three debates will be held in July and the dates have not been set for two others, debates to be televised by KITV and Hawaii News Now. Hawaii's primary election is in August.
Schatz says he looks forward to the opportunity to speak directly with the voters about the economy. He says the forums will let people hear firsthand about his work in Washington.
Hanabusa's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hanabusa sent Schatz a letter in November proposing 12 candidate forums in the race to fill the rest of the term for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.
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