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The 1995 Governor's Debate: The People's Agenda, No. 3

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-11-1

Duration: 00:58:14

Subjects: Elections, 1995 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1995 | Politics | Television debates | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Fields, Cleo | Foster, Mike, Jr., 1930- | Race | Political ethics | MEDICAID | STATE BUDGET | Budget deficits | Taxes | SALES TAX | Education | Local governments | PROPERTY TAXES | HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION | Teacher pay raises | CRIME PREVENTION | Drugs | Gambling | Financial disclosure | Transparency in government | Campaign Finance | LOBBYISTS


  • Abel, Mike Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Langlois, Bryant Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Eaglin, Carlos Director
  • Miranda, Chris Director
  • Duhe, Jeff Associate Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Collins, Robert Moderator
  • Fields, Cleo Panelist
  • Foster, Mike Panelist
  • Robinson, Norman Interviewer
  • Hill, John Interviewer
  • Redman, Carl Interviewer
  • Descant, Deborah Interviewer
  • McCann, Brian Interviewer
  • Collins, Veronica Interviewer
  • James, Mary Interviewer


A live debate held on November 1, 1995, in Baton Rouge between the two gubernatorial candidates in the run-off election, State Senator Mike Foster (R) and Congressman Cleo Fields (D). The debate was sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) as a part of its voter awareness project, “The People’s Agenda.” It was moderated by Robert Collins of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. It featured questions from Collins, citizens around the state and a panel of three journalists: Norman Robinson of WDSU-TV in New Orleans; John Hill of the Shreveport Times and Monroe News-Star; and Carl Redman of the Baton Rouge Advocate. The questions covered the following issues: race; how the candidates will work for change; Medicaid; overcoming the state budget deficit; renewing the sales tax; improving education; how to encourage local governments to spend more money on education; property taxes and the homestead exemption; teacher pay raises; crime prevention; drugs; gambling; and reforming the rules for financial disclosure for political campaigns, lobbyists and the gaming industry. The debate ended with each candidate’s closing statement.