Dueling plans from Democrat rivals in governor's race
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Rivals in the Democrat primary for governor, Neil Abercrombie and David Ige revealed dueling plans for the State just hours apart.
Abercrombie calls his "Charting Tomorrow: A plan for a brighter future in Hawaii."
Ige's is titled "David Ige's Action Plan: Engineering Hawaii's Future" or, as he put it, " what an Ige administration would look like if elected Governor."
At their press conferences, they took another opportunity to take shots at their opponent as cameras rolled.
Abercrombie says his plan for a second term isn't a wish list, but based on actual achievements over the past four years. "This does not differ from the new Day plan. What it does is build on it" said the incumbent. He went on to tout the State's economic turnaround in his first term, saying, "When the good Senator was in charge of finances, 225 million dollars in debt. Four years later, we've been in the black every single year."
Ige, Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said strong relationships in the Legislature are his biggest strength. He explained that members of the State House and Senate know "I'm one who's more interested in doing good than looking good."
Ige calls his plan a "living document." He added, "It's not one of those campaign documents that shows up and disappears for 4 years and then reappears suddenly 4 years later before an election."
The State Senator's plan touts the economy as a priority, supporting expansion of the visitor industry, by opening up a second international port in Kona. Ige explained that "Honolulu International is maxed out, that until we relieve congestion in Customs, we're limited in number of international visitors we can bring here."
Since they're in the same party, the two have similar priorities including eduation.
Abercombie unveiled his plan standing with children and supporters since his big push is for preschool and early education.
Referring to the children he called "our future, " the Governor said, "I want to put smiles on their faces because they know they have a Governor who has their interests at heart."
The Governor's plan is 52 pages, bound in a glossy edition while Ige's plan is 14 pages, a simple word document.