Hawaii Democrats react to Obama-Biden ticket

Jeff McKnight
Jeff McKnight
Andy Winer
Andy Winer
Anthony Austin
Anthony Austin

By Diane Ako - bio | email and Tai Hiranaka

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Hawaii voters and politicos are reacting with praise to Senator Barack Obama's choice of a running mate in Senator Joe Biden. The announcement of the VP choice coincided with the opening of Obama's Hawaii headquarters at Ward Warehouse. A lot of the so -called 'Obama's Ohana' turned out for the opening of Obama for America's' Honolulu office.

Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D), as the Honorary Chair of the Hawaii for Obama campaign, enthusiastically endorsed Senator Obama's selection of Senator Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. "The people of the US will rejoice but the people of the world will be filled with the understanding that a new day has come. This is an exciting moment for the Democratic Party, the state and our nation," said Abercrombie.

"Senator Obama has chosen a strong partner in Senator Biden, and I couldn't be more optimistic about the Democratic ticket. Joe Biden is a blue-collar Democrat, a straight shooter who speaks his mind and doesn't sugar coat what he has to say. In addition to his considerable knowledge of foreign policy, I believe his most important contribution to the campaign may be the perspective he can offer as someone who's faced adversity and overcome it to achieve great things.

"Senator Biden complements Barack Obama well. And I am now more confident than ever that Hawaii's own Senator Obama will win an overwhelming victory and bring about the changes needed to get our country back on the right track. "The choice of Senator Biden as Senator Obama's running mate signals the start of our sprint towards victory in November."

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono of the 2nd District of Hawaii sent a statement supporting the Obama-Biden ticket, saying, "We need a change in priorities for our country and an Obama-Biden ticket will provide us that leadership to tackle these big challenges we face. This is a different kind of partnership than we have seen the past eight years. The Obama-Biden team will be a true collaboration of strength, as Obama puts our country back on track."

Obama gives them hope; moreso after selecting Biden as a running mate.

Democrat Jeff McKnight said, "He lends stability to the campaign. I think that he's shown that he has experience. He has a lot of foreign relations experience, and Obama needs that to bring more voters in."

Campaign officials urged supporters to vote. Hawaii for Obama director Andy Winer said, "I want Hawaii to turn out the greatest percentage of votes in this state for Barack Obama." Winer is headed to Denver to the Democratic National Convention this week.

Across town at Kamokila Regional Park in Kapolei, there was a meet and greet potluck for District 40 democrats and non-partisan candidates that attracted a few dozen. Half a dozen political candidates came out to this potluck, but the biggest name draw was Barack Obama.

"It's a great opportunity to meet the candidates and help get people to register to vote, and get all our family and friends together for a great day," Mc Knight said.

Another attendee, Anthony Austin, said, "When Obama came into the picture it stirred up things inside me and I knew I needed to get involved."

One supporter was wearing a t-shirt with the word 'Obamanator' on it, a play on the Terminator films. Supporters said they are sure their candidate will 'terminate' the competition.