Senator Akaka Is Not Stepping Down

Senator Daniel Akaka
Senator Daniel Akaka


Hawaii's U-S Senator Daniel Akaka says he remains committed to running for a fourth term this year.

Akaka spoke by telephone from Washington the day after Hawaii Congressman Ed Case announced he will face Akaka in the Democratic primary.

The 81-year-old Akaka says the announcement left him with "a new surge of strength," and that he's ready to take on the challenge.

Hawaii's senior senator, democrat Daniel Inouye, said he was stunned by Case's announcement and advised the 53-year-old lawmaker to reconsider.

At least three state senators and a state representative have jumped in to announce their candidacies for Case's spot in the U-S House.