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Democratic Presidential Candidates Asking for Hawaii's Support

Senator Hillary Clinton Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator Barack Obama Senator Barack Obama
Maya Soetero-Ng Maya Soetero-Ng

By Kristine Uyeno

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Both presidential candidates are still trying to gain last-minute support in the islands.

Earlier Tuesday morning, I talked to Senator Obama's sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, as well as Senator Clinton, about why local residents should vote for them.

On this caucus day, neither presidential candidate is campaigning in the Aloha state . But that doesn't mean Hawaii, isn't important to them.

"This is one of his homes and although he may be the Illinois senator, he is a Hawaii boy in so many ways," said Soetero-Ng.

"My husband and I are strong supporters of the rights of Native Hawaiians, said Senator Clinton.  "I supported Senator Akaka's bill; I support giving benefits to brave Filipinos who served I the American military who have not been taken care of."

With such a tight race, both senators know, each of the 20 delegates in Hawaii, really counts.

"In his tenure as a State Senator, has authored 890 bills and cosponsored 1,096 more and he's someone who's able to translate vision, into action," Soetero-Ng said.

"So on issue after issue from global warming to the environment, from energy to making college affordable, providing more resources for public education and getting the economy to produce green collar jobs which will put so many people in hawaii to work," said Clinton.

Both presidential candidates say they'll return to Hawaii; they just don't know when.

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