Longtime political foes Colleen Hanabusa and Charles Djou faced off in their first debate this election season Tuesday night.
Hanabusa is the incumbent in the House of Representatives. Djou previously held the same position in Congress.
Hanabusa said her top priority would be job creation to help with the nation's economic recovery.
Djou says he will focusing on reducing the national debt.
When Hanabusa questioned Djou's voting record on military cuts, things got heated.
"Any allegation that I do not care about veterans is a flat out lie," said Djou.
For a full hour they went back and forth. Hanabusa traded verbal jabs on social security, Medicare, and the national debt in front of a live audience at Hawaii Public Radio.
They weighed in on the University of Hawaii's failed fundraising concert that cost taxpayers more than $200,000.
"I believe in my state committee colleagues. I have great confidence in them. They will get to the bottom of this," said Hanabusa.
"You don't see any accountability. You don't see anyone taking responsibility," said Djou.