Republican presidential candidates seek to woo Hawaii voters

Republican presidential candidates seek to woo Hawaii voters
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Republican presidential candidates sought to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday's Republican caucuses.

In interviews with Hawaii News Now, Marco Rubio and John Kasich both trumpeted the importance of Hawaii, and how it fits in with the US military's evolving strategy in the Pacific.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump took to Twitter to urge Hawaii Republicans to vote for him. Trump will be speaking on HNN's Sunrise on Tuesday.

Both Rubio and Kasich said that Trump was poisonous to Republican party.

"Donald Trump is the most vulgar person that's ever run for president. Has said things about people, from disabled to women to others.  I think it sets a bad example," he said.

Kasich told HNN: "You don't want to take the low road to the highest office in the land."

Rubio is currently coming in third in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, while Kasich is in fourth.

Rubio said that Hawaii continues to be an important player politically. He also supports America's "pivot" toward the Asia-Pacific. But, he added, "It has to be backed up by manpower and ships."

Kasich agreed.

"I do believe we have to raise military spending. In fact in the plan I have to balance the budget I put a hundred million dollars more into military spending."

Both candidates also weighed in on the topic of Hawaiian sovereignty.

Kasich said he doesn't "understand the call for a nation within a nation. It's not something I would look to favorably on to be perfectly blunt with you.

Rubio countered, "Perhaps they could replicate the model Indian tribes have on the mainland where they have sovereignty over certain areas."

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