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Debate 1979: Treen & Lambert, No. 2

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-11-29

Duration: 00:57:17

Subjects: Television debates | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Environment | Crime | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | LAMBERT, LOUIS | Politics | Government | Campaign Finance | RIGHT TO WORK | Teacher certification | Education | African Americans | VOTER FRAUD | PROPERTY TAXES | HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION | School board members | Local transit | Juvenile Delinquents | Transportation | Capital Punishment | Energy | 1970s energy crisis | Vocational-technical schools | PARDONS


  • Zewe, Charles Moderator
  • Kelso, Iris Interviewer
  • Courtney, Bob Interviewer
  • Patriquin, Ronni Interviewer
  • Wardlaw, Jack Interviewer
  • Burchell, Charles Interviewer
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Lambert, Louis Panelist


Charles Zewe of WYES moderates a live debate at Tulane University in New Orleans on November 29, 1979, between the two run-off candidates for Governor, Congressman Dave Treen (R) and Public Service Commission Chairman Louis Lambert (D). The debate begins with the opening statement of each candidate. Then, the following panel of journalists asks the first round of questions: Iris Kelso of the New Orleans Times-Picayune; Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge; Ronni Patriquin of the Shreveport Journal; Jack Wardlaw of the New Orleans States-Item; and Charles Burchell of WJBO radio in Baton Rouge. They ask the candidates questions on the following topics: campaign finance; honoring the contributors to their political campaigns; right to work; testing for certified teachers; addressing the needs of minorities; black representation within their administrations; and vote stealing in the primary election. Audience members then ask the second round questions to the candidates on the following topics: property taxes and the homestead exemption; the terms of school board members; mass transit; consolidating the state’s environmental regulatory agencies; excluding status offenders from juvenile court; capital punishment; strategies for dealing with the energy crisis; vo-tech education in the New Orleans area; and whether they will allow members of their staff to be paid fees for assisting convicts seeking pardons from the Governor. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement. Please note that this video has extreme technical difficulty resulting in the loss of the picture in several areas. The audio of the debate is not affected.