HONOLULU (AP) - Al Gore has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in his push to keep his seat.
In a statement released by Schatz's re-election campaign, the former vice president praised the Democrat's drive for alternative energy, saying the state has tripled its renewable energy production under Schatz's leadership. Gore also lauded Schatz's congressional effort to promote clean energy.
Schatz, who is facing a primary challenge from Rep. Coleen Hanabusa, said he's tremendously thankful for Gore's support.
It was Sen. Daniel Inouye's dying wish to have Hanabusa succeed him. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz, who was lieutenant governor.
Hanabusa's office didn't immediately return after-hours calls from The Associated Press.