Sunday, June 6, 2004

Gov. Linda Lingle spoke yesterday during the Hawaii Republican State Convention at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Lingle urges Hawaii’s
GOP to battle
with knowledge

The governor accuses Democrats
of only "taking baby steps"

Hawaii Republicans should be able to answer Democratic criticism of President Bush, says Gov. Linda Lingle.

The Republican governor spent nearly half of her 50-minute address to the GOP state convention yesterday defending Bush's record and urging delegates to do the same.

"I want you to be ambassadors of truth throughout every neighborhood. When someone talks about the war on terror, the war in Iraq, the economy, or the No Child Left Behind Act, you will be armed with the facts and you can focus on the reality and not rhetoric," Lingle said.

Patty Peterson, Liz Singer, Sally Good and Maria Weber cheered from their seats yesterday during the Hawaii Republican State Convention at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Public opinion polls are showing a decline in support for the Republican president. Last week, a Washington Post poll reported that fewer than half of Americans, 47 percent, approved of Bush's overall job performance, while 50 percent disapprove.

Lingle, however, said Bush and the United States have "removed threats to our security both in Afghanistan and Iraq, liberating 50 million people.

"I add to the women in the room, we have liberated women who were treated no better than pack animals in those countries," Lingle told the convention delegates.

At the same time, Lingle also urged delegates to start working for local GOP candidates for the legislature.

She criticized state Democrats, saying that "instead of making giant strides, they have been taking baby steps."

"I am tired of taking baby steps. I don't like it. I'm too tall for baby steps," Lingle, who is 5 feet 9 inches, said.

She told reporters after her speech that she is willing to campaign house to house for candidates and promised that she would be on the campaign trail raising money for the local candidates.

"I want a better balance in the legislature, I want us to elect more Republicans and I want us to hold all our incumbents," she said.

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