Obama supports Abercrombie in radio ad

Published On: Aug 06 2014 05:16:24 AM HST
Updated On: Jul 23 2014 02:17:11 PM HST
President Barack Obama
HONOLULU -

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is launching a radio ad featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election.

Abercrombie campaign spokesman Shane Peters says the radio spot was scheduled to air Wednesday morning in Hawaii.

In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is "like ohana to me."  He says Abercrombie knew his parents "before I was a twinkle in their eye."

Obama says Abercrombie has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii.  He says Abercrombie tackled a budget crisis and made smart investments in education.  He also says Abercrombie fights for middle class and working families.

Abercrombie's campaign paid for the ad.

Abercrombie was one of the first to support Obama when he ran for president.  Obama endorsed Abercrombie in December.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell endorsed Abercrombie earlier this week.

State Sen. David Ige is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary.

In the last Civil Beat poll, it showed Ige with a double-digit lead over the incumbent Abercrombie.

Civil Beat poll on Hawaii race for governor

Click here to see results of the Civil Beat poll on the race for governor.

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