Kim and Xian diverge from rivals
|By Gordon Y.K. Pang, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
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Kim, whom polls show as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has taken more conservative positions on several key issues, while
<p>At a whirlwind 50-minute episode of "Insights" on PBS Hawaii on Thursday night, state Rep.
The forum was the first live, televised appearance by all seven and only the second time all seven have appeared on the same stage. KITV is hosting a one-hour forum
Here is a look at the issues.
--Genetically modified organisms:
Anderson said he supports GMO labeling by the
Takai said the
Kim said that a state law requiring GMO labeling would put
Chang said a GMO-free lifestyle is a personal choice but one that's based on being given as much information as possible.
Espero said the
Kim was the only candidate to support a
Chang said he supports Obamacare but that it doesn't go far enough.
"The only way to get truly universal health care in
Single-payer national health insurance is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.
The other five candidates said they support Obamacare. They either rejected or did not address the idea of exempting
Espero said the new law would ensure 32 million Americans are provided with health insurance.
"I firmly believe every citizen has the right to access health care, and we need to do what we can to make sure these individuals are taken care of," he said.
Anderson said Americans are better off today than when they were without Obamacare. Under the program, pre-existing conditions are covered, and children can stay on their parents' medical plans into adulthood, Anderson said.
Kim is the only one of the Democrats to come out against same-sex marriage. On Thursday she said her personal opposition to the same-sex marriage bill at
She noted, however, that she did not stop the bill from advancing as
Saying that both her sister and her sister-in-law, her son's godmother, are gay, Kim said that she will push for federal laws requiring couples in civil unions to get the same benefits as those in traditional marriages.
Manahan, the only other candidate asked directly about same-sex marriage, said he supports it.
"If you're going to create policy, it should not discriminate against anybody," he said.
The other five candidates have previously stated their support for same-sex marriage. Takai had been against same-sex marriage but reversed his position last year and voted with the majority of
Former U.S. Rep.
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