Lingle tells Brokaw: no one in Hawaii knew Obama

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (KHNL) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and spent part of his early childhood years here.

But during an interview with Tom Brokaw Thursday, Governor Linda Lingle said that doesn't mean that everyone in the state is familiar with him, or his policies.

BROKAW: You're running against Barack Obama who has real roots in Hawaii, spent his summer break there. His granny is there.  It's going to be tougher for the Republicans isn't it?

LINGLE: It will be tougher. Hawaii is a small state, they are very proud of anyone from home that does well, but honestly Tom, not too many people in Hawaii had heard of Barack Obama until he ran for president. Because as you know, as he was born there, he spent a very few years in school but they are very partial to people who were born in our home state. However, Senator McCain has tremendous ties to Hawaii. His father headed Pacific Command and of course Senator McCain met his wife Cindy on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

Governor Lingle is one of three sitting Republican women governors.