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The LPB Debate: U.S. Senate 2002, No. 1

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2002-10-24

Duration: 00:57:39

Subjects: Elections, 2002 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2002 | Politics | Television debates | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Louisiana's Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge, La.) | COOKSEY, JOHN | Terrell, Suzanne Haik | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | PERKINS, TONY | Education | United States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 | Social responsibility of business | Transportation | Highways | Interstate 49 | Interstate 69 | Judges -- Selection and appointment | COASTAL EROSION | COASTAL RESTORATION | Health care reform | Campaign advertising | STELLY PLAN | Taxes | SALES TAX


  • Duhe, Jeff Moderator
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Photographer
  • Whinham, Charlie Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Henderson, Karen Interviewer
  • Hill, John Interviewer
  • Spurlock, Kathy Interviewer
  • Hasten, Mike Interviewer
  • Cooksey, John Panelist
  • Terrell, Suzanne Haik Panelist
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist
  • Perkins, Tony Panelist


A live debate held on October 24, 2002, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge between four candidates for the United States Senate: Congressman John Cooksey (R); Elections Commissioner Suzanne Haik Terrell (R); incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D); and State Representative Tony Perkins (R). The debate was sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), Gannett Newspapers and LPB. It was moderated by Jeff Duhe of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and featured two rounds of questions. In lieu of an opening statement, the candidates were asked to define Louisiana values. For the first round, the candidates were asked questions by a panel of four journalists: Karen Henderson of WRKF Public Radio in Baton Rouge; John Hill of the Shreveport Times; Kathy Spurlock of the Monroe News Star; and Mike Hasten of the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. Their questions were related to the following topics: resolving the differences between the state’s educational plan and the federal No Child Left Behind Act; corporate accountability; funding Interstate 49 and Interstate 69 expansion projects in North Louisiana; the upcoming cost of living increase for members of Congress; confirming federal judges; funding coastal restoration projects; and health care reform. For the second round, the candidates were allowed to ask questions of each other. Their questions were related to the biggest concerns of Louisiana voters, negative campaign ads, the upcoming Stelly Plan referendum and confirming federal judges. The debate ended with each candidate’s closing statement.