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Obama Lends Support To Hawaii Governor's Re-election Campaign

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US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (L) are greeted by Governor Neil Abercrombie (L) as they walk off Air Force One at Joint Base Pearl Harbor in Honnolulu, Hawaii, November 11, 2011. Obama arrived in his native Hawaii to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) weekend summit of Pacific Rim nations, including top economic powers Japan and China. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) | JIM WATSON via Getty Images

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie launched a radio ad Wednesday featuring President Barack Obama supporting the governor's bid for re-election.

In the ad, Obama uses the Hawaiian word for family, saying Abercrombie is "like ohana to me." The president says Abercrombie knew his parents "before I was a twinkle in their eye."

Obama says the governor has made gutsy decisions leading Hawaii, tackled a budget crisis, made smart investments in education and fought for middle class and working families.

Abercrombie's campaign paid for the ad. The governor was one of the first to support Obama when he ran for president, and Obama endorsed Abercrombie in December.

State Sen. David Ige, who is challenging Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, said in an email that he never had the opportunity to meet Obama, but "since he was once a community organizer, I'm sure he would relate to and appreciate the grassroots organization of my campaign and my 29 years of public service."

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