A rule of politics says that you’re better off not responding to some stories. But this rule of life trumps that: your integrity is everything and must be defended always.

Yesterday, at the opening of my opponent’s headquarters, Sen. Inouye stated that (1) in late ’02, after the passing of my predecessor, the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink, I ran against John Mink in the special election to fill out her term even though he and others asked me to defer to John, and (2) in ’05 I told him and my other colleagues on Hawai

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