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La. Association of Educators Governor's Debate, 2011

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-10-18

Duration: 00:56:18

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Elections, 2011 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2011 | Politics | Government | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | ENGSTER, JIM | STATE BUDGET | Taxes | CIGARETTE TAXES | Education | Historically black colleges and universities | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | CREATIONISM | Evolution | Science | Louisiana Association of Educators


  • Engster, Jim Moderator
  • Papazoglakis, Niki Bird Panelist
  • Hollis, Tara Panelist
  • Blanchard, David Panelist
  • Deaton, Cary Panelist
  • Bollingham, Leonard Panelist
  • Lewis, Scott Panelist
  • Roberts, Trey Panelist


Jim Engster of the Louisiana Radio Network moderates a debate sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Educators on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge on October 12, 2011, between seven candidates for Governor: Niki Bird Papazoglakis (D); Tara Hollis (D); David Blanchard (I); Cary Deaton (D); Leonard Bollingham (I); Scott Lewis (L); and Trey Roberts (D). The incumbent, Governor Bobby Jindal, declined the invitation to participate in the debate. The candidates answer questions on the following topics: balancing the state budget; raising the cigarette tax; improving education; the role of historically black colleges and universities in the economic development of the state; capturing the wealth from oil and gas companies; who they support in the Lieutenant Governor’s race; and whether they believe in creationism or the theory of evolution. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.