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The Governor's Debate, 2015 (Run-Off)

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-11-10

Duration: 01:00:23

Subjects: Television debates | Politics | Elections, 2015 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015 | Edwards, John Bel | Vitter, David | Education | School choice | Charter schools | Common Core State Standards Initiative | STATE BUDGET | Taxes | Workforce development | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Health Care | MEDICAID | MEDICARE | Transportation | Political campaigns


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Erwin, Barry Moderator
  • Spires, Kelly Speaker
  • Alford, Jeremy Speaker
  • Vitter, David Panelist
  • Edwards, John Bel Panelist


Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderate a live debate from the LPB Studios in Baton Rouge on November 10, 2015, between the two run-off candidates for Governor: State Representative John Bel Edwards (D) and United States Senator David Vitter (R). Two journalists, Kelly Connelly Spires of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Jeremy Alford of, ask the candidates questions in seven topic areas and the candidates then ask each other questions related to those topics. The candidates answer questions on the following topics: their governing styles; K-12 education, including school choice, charter schools, and Common Core; the budget and taxes; workforce development; health care, including Medicaid expansion and Medicare; infrastructure; and whether their campaigns hired professional trackers. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.