President Obama Endorses Senator Brian Schatz

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FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the press briefing room at the White House.
President Barack Obama endorses Brian Schatz for US Senate

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama today endorsed Senator Brian Schatz in Hawaii’s U.S. Senate election.  The President pointed to Senator Schatz’s effective leadership in the Senate and his work to protect Social Security, promote clean energy, and fight for middle-class families.

“I have worked with Senator Schatz on the issues that matter to Hawaii.  Brian’s deep commitment to the people of Hawaii and his effective leadership are why I believe it is important to return him to the Senate,” said President Obama.  “Senator Schatz is protecting Hawaii’s values and fighting every day on behalf of middle-class families.  There is no question that Senator Schatz is the right choice to continue delivering for Hawaii.”

“I’m honored to receive President Obama’s endorsement in this critical election and I am proud to be one of the President’s most steadfast allies in the U.S. Senate,” said Senator Schatz.  “President Obama personally understands Hawaii’s values and is committed to making sure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules is given a fair shot.  I will work together with President Obama to continue moving Hawaii and America forward.”

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  1. The National Journal recently ranked the 15 most liberal United States Senators, and no surprise for those who follow politics here, both Hawaii senators made the list.

    Brian Schatz came in first as the most liberal Senator in the nation, tying for that top stop with two other Democrats, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Chuck Schumer of New York.

    Hawaii’s other senator, Mazie Hirono, ranked close behind Schatz as the fourth most liberal Senator in the nation.

    For the past three decades, the National Journal has rated members of Congress based on selected roll-call votes from the previous year to see how they compare on an ideological scale.

    For the 2013 ratings, National Journal examined all of the 291 votes in the Senate—and identified 117 votes that showed ideological distinctions between members

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