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Hawaii US House candidates talk military, economy

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 2:34 am •  Published: July 2, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) — Candidates hoping to represent Hawaii in the U.S. House in a crowded primary race shared their positions on military intervention, veterans care and improving Hawaii's economy.

Five candidates said in a Tuesday forum that they would not support military intervention in Iraq.

"I think there's a uniquely American notion that every problem must have a solution," said Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang. "After a decade of fighting in the Middle East, that may not be true."

Most candidates said that while the situation on the ground in Iraq is troubling, it's best for the U.S. to stay out at this stage.

"We need to stay out of any international wars as much as possible, because we know how these conflicts impact tourism," said state Sen. Will Espero. "And I don't want to see the United States get into any mission creep and do anything wrong or terrible in Iraq that they might regret in the near future."

The candidates shared disappointment about the problems veterans face getting adequate health care, but they disagreed on how to solve those problems.

Most of the candidates said the issues about long wait times for care were caused by a lack of resources, but Democratic Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson said the Department of Veterans Affairs has plenty of money.

"I have to disagree strongly that this is an issue of money," Anderson said.

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