Thielen: "I'm In It To Win"

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen
State Rep. Cynthia Thielen

HONOLULU (KHNL)   Just days after the primary election, the Republican Party was forced to name a new Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race.

Jerry Coffee won the Republican ballot during the primary election, despite withdrawing from the race for health reasons.

State Representative Cynthia Thielen is the Republican Party's nominee. She'll run against US Senator Daniel Akaka in the November Election.

Representative Thielen spoke with KHNL News 8 Today's Angela Keen on Wednesday morning.

She says the main issue she'll be focusing on, during the campaign, is alternative energy.

"The main thing I believe is that we must move America forward to a new energy future, to a new energy policy where we are not dependent upon oil. Oil and terrorism go hand in hand, it's very clear. Terrorism is the biggest threat our nation has ever faced. My opponent voted with President Bush to drill for oil in the Alaska wildlife area. I would not cast a 'yes' vote on that." said Thielen.

Thielen made an appeal to voters who supported Representative Ed Case in the Democratic primary:

"I look to all of the Ed Case voters and say 'Stick with me. We're going to change things in Washington DC'."

When asked if she planned on speaking with Case, Thielen said "Ed is a friend. We worked together well in the House of Representatives. I want to let him have some time, because it was brutal. What they did to Ed Case was brutal. Absolutely brutal. And I deeply respect him. And I welcome his voters... we can win this race."