Democrats Mazie Hirono and Ed Case finally appeared side by side at a candidate forum, talking tourism before the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association at the Hilton Tuesday. Civil Beat’s Chad Blair was there.

Capitol Watch reports:

I’ll have a full report later.

But Republican Senate candidate John Carroll was the clear winner when it came to endearing himself with the audience.

He joked that he would bring “youth and vigor” to the office, though he is of the same generation as octogenarians Dan Inouye and Dan Akaka; said the Chinese would probably buy Washington, D.C., on eBay because of the national debt; said that he had tried to convince Mufi Hannemann to run as a Republican “for about 60 years”; and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to get a little time in front of the media — perhaps the only time that will happen during the campaign.

Carroll certainly made a case for his argument that his primary opponent, Linda Lingle, should debate him — for example, criticizing her failure to get an EIS for the Hawaii Superferry.

But Lingle won’t join Carroll at any campaign appearance, and Hannemann, who heads the lodging association, said Lingle’s campaign told him that the candidate ”does not participate in primary appearances.”

John Carroll, Ed Case and Mazie Hirono.

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