HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama is supporting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Neil Abercrombie in a new TV ad.
Obama, who was born in Hawaii, said in the ad released Wednesday that Abercrombie is an inspiring leader and a lifetime friend.
Abercrombie faces Republican James "Duke" Aiona, the incumbent lieutenant governor, in the Nov. 2 election.
Obama said Abercrombie will help create jobs, improve schools and promote clean energy. He said Abercrombie has the experience, independence and character needed to serve as governor. Obama previously had endorsed Abercrombie in e-mail messages sent earlier this week.
Aiona's campaign responded that Abercrombie would bring tax-and-spend politics to Hawaii.