Hawaii's U.S. Senate campaigns heat up as candidates take aim at one another.
Mazie Hirono fired the first shot Sunday morning. She rallied Democrats to her side, and railed against support for Republican Linda Lingle from the mainland.
"She is the number one draft pick for the National Republican Party. They do not care how she portrays herself in Hawaii, but we do," said Hirono.
Lingle fired back later in the morning, with criticism of the current US Representative and her efforts in Washington, D.C..
"She and her colleagues have put their political careers ahead of the country and they have betrayed the American people," said Lingle.
Both candidates have made a number of important decisions during their long political careers, providing plenty of ammunition in the race to the U.S. Senate.
"Furlough Fridays, the Superferry fiasco. She went on the campaign trail for McCain/Palin and bad-mouthed President Obama, we are not going to forget that," said Hirono.
Lingle not only wanted people to remember what Hirono did, but also what she didn't do. According to Lingle, Hirono has missed over a 120 votes in Congress.
"Political inaction in Washington and delayed decision making is putting America's future at risk, as well as our way of life here in Hawaii," said Lingle.
While both candidates disagreed on many issues, they did agree the Hawaii Senate seat is key -- not just for Hawaii but for the entire country.
"Lingle represents one of four votes the Republicans need to take over the Senate," stated Hirono.
"That's the best possible situation for people of Hawaii, one Republican and one Democrat. Then, whichever party is in power we have someone in that party," said Lingle.
Lingle added if she was elected she would propose a four point plan to cap Congressional salaries as well as define their work week and budget.
Hirono stated if she was elected, instead of cutting benefits from seniors and the middle class, she would go forward with Aloha.