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Debate 1996: The U.S. Senate Race, No. 1

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-09-08

Duration: 01:27:06

Subjects: Elections, 1996 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 1996 | Politics | Television debates | Louisiana's Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Wilson, Peggy | Hayes, James A. (James Allison), 1946- | McMains, Chuck | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | LINDER, BILL | Duke, David Ernest | Jenkins, Woody | Ieyoub, Richard P. | Education | Social Security | Welfare reform | JOB TRAINING | Balanced budget | Taxes | Political ethics | Student aid | HIGHER EDUCATION | CRIME PREVENTION | Drugs


  • Abel, Mike Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Langlois, Bryant Photographer
  • Normand, Keith Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Miranda, Chris Director
  • Eaglin, Carlos Director
  • Allen, Gary Photographer
  • Fowler, Ken Photographer
  • Duhe, Jeff Moderator
  • Robinson, Norman Interviewer
  • Redman, Carl Interviewer
  • Chapa, Arcie Interviewer
  • Wilson, Peggy Panelist
  • Hayes, Jimmy Panelist
  • McMains, Chuck Panelist
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist
  • Linder, Bill Panelist
  • Duke, David Panelist
  • Jenkins, Woody Panelist
  • Ieyoub, Richard Panelist


A live debate held on September 8, 1996, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge between eight candidates for the United States Senate: Peggy Wilson (R), a New Orleans City Councilwoman; Congressman Jimmy Hayes (R); State Representative Chuck McMains (R); former State Treasurer Mary Landrieu (D); Bill Linder (R), a businessman from Mandeville; former State Representative David Duke (R); State Representative Woody Jenkins (R); and Attorney General Richard Ieyoub (D). The debate was moderated by Jeff Duhe of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). It featured questions from audience members and a panel of three journalists: Norman Robinson of WDSU-TV in New Orleans; Carl Redman of the Baton Rouge Advocate; and Arcie Chapa of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. The candidates answered questions related to the following topics: areas where they disagree with their political party; improving education; Social Security benefits; welfare reform and successful job training programs; balancing the budget through spending cuts; why the people should trust their leadership; college tuition assistance for working families; crime and drug prevention; and who they would vote for if they were not in the race. The debate ended with each candidate’s closing statement.