Former U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka is featured in a new radio advertisement on behalf of U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
“Today, we again face the decision of whether America should commit to combat in Iraq,” Akaka states. “Colleen Hanabusa has taken a stand based on her values and convictions. She has said, ‘No, we should not go to war.’ It is a courageous stand, and I’m proud of her.”
The 60-second spot comes just a few days after the U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment from Hanabusa to the House Defense Appropriations Act that would prevent the president from circumventing the War Powers Resolution to unilaterally commit U.S. forces to operations in Iraq.
Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka listens during a public meeting on federal recognition, Hawaii State Capitol, June 23, 2014.
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In 2002, Akaka was among the minority of senators who voted against going to war in Iraq. The late Dan Inouye was one of those senators, too — a vote that looks prescient today.
Hanabusa is running against the man who was appointed to Inouye’s seat in 2012, Brian Schatz.
Schatz has said little publicly about the Obama administration’s recent actions regarding the troubled region, including sending 300 military advisors, protecting the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and considering airstrikes against Sunni insurgents.
UPDATE: The Schatz campaign declined to comment on the Hanabusa ad.
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