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Debate 1996: The U.S. Senate Race, No. 2

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-09-29

Duration: 00:54:49

Subjects: Elections, 1996 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 1996 | Politics | Television debates | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Cabildo, The (New Orleans, La.) | Jenkins, Woody | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Taxes | SALES TAX | INCOME TAX | Crime | Capital Punishment | International trade | AIDS | Fields, Cleo | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1995 | Transportation | Highways | Interstate 69 | MEDICARE | Environment | Air quality | Environmental monitoring | Water pollution | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Small business | Gambling | GAY RIGHTS


  • Duhe, Jeff Moderator
  • Abel, Mike Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Photographer
  • Langlois, Bryant Photographer
  • Normand, Keith Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Miranda, Chris Director
  • Eaglin, Carlos Director
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Anderson, Ed Interviewer
  • Roesgen, Susan Interviewer
  • Courtney, Beth Speaker
  • Simpson, Kenny Interviewer
  • Charles, Lena Interviewer
  • O, Jeri Interviewer
  • Jenkins, Woody Panelist
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist


A live debate held on September 29, 1996, at The Cabildo in New Orleans between the two run-off candidates for the United States Senate, State Representative Woody Jenkins (R) and former State Treasurer Mary Landrieu (D). The debate was sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). It was moderated by Jeff Duhe of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and featured three rounds of questions. In lieu of an opening statement, both candidates answered the following question: On the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase in 2003, what will Louisiana be like? For the first round, the candidates were asked questions by two journalists, Ed Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Susan Roesgen of WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Their questions were related to the following topics: how the candidates will maintain their independence in Washington in the wake of the campaign spending done by the national parties; their preferred Senate committees; Jenkin’s national sales tax plan; fighting crime; the death penalty; enhancing Louisiana’s position in foreign trade; their major philosophical differences; funding for AIDS research; why Landrieu did not support Cleo Fields in the 1995 gubernatorial election; and why black voters should vote for Jenkins. For the second round, the questions were asked by citizens around the state on the following topics: the route of Interstate 69; Medicare reform; and the environment. For the last round, the candidates were allowed to ask questions of each other. Landrieu asked Jenkins about his proposed national sales tax plan, what economic development projects he supports, and how his tax plan will affect small businesses. Jenkins asked Landrieu about her support of tax increases and legislative pay raises, how she will vote in the upcoming gambling referendum, and whether she supports gay rights legislation. The debate ended with each candidate’s closing statement.