Campaign 2010

May 04, 2010

More Djou Double Talk in Last Night’s Debate

In a past candidate forum, Charles Djou made a bold, yet straightforward, pronouncement:

“…if you ask me a straight question, you ask me what my position is on a particular matter, I will give you a straight answer.”

But once again last night, Djou failed to live up to his own pledge. 

In fact, when asked whether he still believed in privatizing Social Security, Djou didn’t confirm his previous statement that President Bush “had the right idea” in pursuing privatization.  Nor did Djou own up to his political cowardice in failing to identify which specific privatization plan he supported for fear of being criticized.

No, instead Djou changed the subject.

“Once again, Charles Djou failed completely to play it straight with voters in Hawaii,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Djou has said he supports privatizing Social Security and subjecting seniors’ benefits to the whims of the stock market and Wall Street traders but once again last night broke his own pledge to answer the question because he’s trying to have it both ways.”

Background

  • Djou said in the Hawaii News Now/Honolulu Advertiser debate, “I have never stated that I believe that we should privatize social security entirely. That is just simply a mischaracterization of my position.” [Hawaii News Now 1st Congressional Candidates Debate, 5/3/10]
  • In a Hawaii Public Radio-hosted candidate debate, Charles Djou said, “I believe certainly if I’m fortunate enough to be elected to the United States Congress I cannot promise you that I will agree with you on every single one of your positions, but what I can promise you is that if you ask me a straight question, you ask me what my position is on a particular matter, I will give you a straight answer.” [Hawaii Public Radio 1st Congressional Candidates Debate, 3/15/10]
  • Djou told the American Spectator that President Bush “had the right idea” in addressing Social Security reform “but wasn’t willing to say he supported a specific plan because” he’d be attacked “for wanting to destroy Social Security.” [American Spectator, 3/12/10]

 

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