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Election 1986: The Breaux/Moore Debate

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-10-19

Duration: 00:57:53

Subjects: Elections, 1986 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 1986 | Politics | Television debates | Breaux, John B. | Moore, W. Henson, 1939- | Balanced budget | Strategic Defense Initiative | National Security | Voting registers | VOTING RIGHTS | Petroleum law and legislation | OIL INDUSTRY | Tariff | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Job creation | Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Small business | Edwards, Edwin W. | International relations | Nicaragua


  • Denton, Randy Photographer
  • Connelly, John Photographer
  • Manuel, Charles Photographer
  • Guerra, Hermalinda Photographer
  • Babb, Lionel Photographer
  • Ambeau, Byron Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Fourrier, Clay Producer
  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Snell, John Interviewer
  • McKinney, Joan Interviewer
  • Hill, John Interviewer
  • Wardlaw, Jack Interviewer
  • Breaux, John Panelist
  • Moore, Henson Panelist


A live debate held on October 19, 1986, in Baton Rouge between the two run-off candidates for the United States Senate, Congressman John Breaux (D) and Congressman Henson Moore (R). The debate was moderated by Beth Courtney of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and featured questions from a panel of four journalists: John Snell of WWL-TV in New Orleans; Joan McKinney of the Baton Rouge State-Times and Morning Advocate; John Hill of Gannett News Service; and Jack Wardlaw of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In addition to their opening and closing statements, the candidates answered questions related to balancing the budget through spending cuts, their support of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), their opponent’s voting record, the recent purging of names from the voter rolls, their support of an oil import fee, job creation, hazardous waste regulations for small businesses, Congressman Breaux’s connection to Governor Edwin Edwards, allowing private groups to support the rebels in Nicaragua, and their differences.