Hawaii Republican Party chairman Shirlene DelaCruz Santiago Ostrov issued the following statement in response to Governor David Ige refusing to debate Republican gubernatorial nominee Andria Tupola:

“The people of Hawaii deserve a debate between David Ige and Andria Tupola. He is refusing to debate because after over 60 years of failed, one-party rule the governor has nobody to blame for Hawaii’s woes than his own party.”