Ige withdraws from gubernatorial debate over video

Ige withdraws from gubernatorial debate over video

By OSKAR GARCIA
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic candidate for governor has pulled out of the first debate of the general election over a disagreement on video distribution with the forum's organizers.

Hawaii State Sen. David Ige said in a signed letter released by his campaign Thursday that he objected to the host organization's intent to record the debate and "distribute as we see fit."

Ige campaign spokeswoman Lynn Kenton says Ige called the other candidates to explain his decision ahead of the Friday forum organized by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

The group's president, Dr. Kelii Akina, says the group only planned to record the event and post the full, unedited debate on its website.

Republican James "Duke" Aiona, Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann and Libertarian Jeff Davis still plan to attend.

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