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The 1995 Governor's Debate: The People's Agenda, No. 2 [Part 1 of 2]

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-10-4

Duration: 00:53:12

Subjects: Television debates | Elections, 1995 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1995 | Politics | Government | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | PREIS, PHIL | Roemer, Buddy | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Adley, Robert R. | Fields, Cleo | Schwegmann, Melinda B., 1946- | Political ethics | Political corruption | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Environment | Gambling | Small business | HIGHER EDUCATION


  • Collins, Robert Moderator
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Anderson, Ed Interviewer
  • Leggett, Jim Interviewer
  • Duhe, Jeff Interviewer
  • Preis, Phil Panelist
  • Roemer, Buddy Panelist
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist
  • Adley, Robert Panelist
  • Fields, Cleo Panelist
  • Schwegmann, Melinda Panelist
  • Courtney, Beth Speaker
  • Welch, Arthur Speaker
  • Blyskal, Susie Speaker
  • Frazier, John Speaker
  • Dubin, Bonnie Speaker
  • Mayeux, Misty Speaker


Robert Collins moderates the first part of a live debate at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on October 4, 1995, between six candidates for Governor: Baton Rouge attorney Phil Preis (D); former Governor Buddy Roemer (R); State Treasurer Mary Landrieu (D); State Representative Robert Adley (D); Congressman Cleo Fields (D); and Lieutenant Governor Melinda Schwegmann (D). State Senator Mike Foster was invited to participate, but could not attend. The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) sponsored this debate as a part of its voter awareness project, “The People’s Agenda.” The debate consists of four rounds of questions. For the first round, a panel of journalists, Ed Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jim Leggett of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, and Jeff Duhe of LPB, asks an individual candidate a question related to political ethics. Audience members then ask the second round questions to the candidates on the following topics: changing Louisiana’s image of corruption and attracting business to the state; continuing the toxic release report on the environment; supporting local option elections for gambling; economic development plans related to small businesses; and securing funding for higher education. The third and fourth rounds of questions are available in the second part of this debate.