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La. Governor's Debate (2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-09-23

Duration: 01:02:53

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Television debates | Elections, 2019 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2019 | Edwards, John Bel | Abraham, Ralph L. | Rispone, Eddie


  • Engster, Jim Moderator
  • Abraham, Ralph Speaker
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Rispone, Eddie Speaker


Jim Engster moderates a debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on September 23, 2019, between the three major candidates for Louisiana Governor: Congressman Ralph Abraham (R); Governor John Bel Edwards (D), and businessman Eddie Rispone (R). The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: why they chose their political party; Governor Bobby Jindal’s two terms in office; the oil and gas industry’s culpability for climate change; criminal justice reform; their top three priorities; the Common Core educational standards; reparations; Medicaid expansion; eliminating the federal income tax deduction for state income taxes; their concerns about the impact of the federal budget deficit on Louisiana; areas to cut in the state budget besides health care and higher education; whether local governments should have control of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP); and human trafficking. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.