Hawaii gov candidates talk health, leadership

Hawaii gov candidates talk health, leadership


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic gubernatorial candidates are telling voters how they would improve health, the economy and the quality of life for seniors.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Sen. David Ige also compared leadership styles in a forum hosted by AARP on Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday.

Abrecrombie says leadership is about what you've done, not what you might do.

Ige says everyone knows his word is good, and he doesn't make promises he can't keep.

Both candidates want to address a shortage of doctors on the islands.

They also want to fix Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, which is facing layoffs and financial strife.

Ige says the state should review those hospitals' contracts to adjust for savings. Abercrombie says the state should reach out to local hospital associations to form partnerships.

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