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Campaign 1983: The Treen/Edwards Debates, No. 1

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-09-7

Duration: 00:56:11

Subjects: Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Television debates | Politics | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Edwards, Edwin W. | Political ethics | Taxes | Economy | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Recessions | DRAINAGE | UNEMPLOYMENT | Education | PRIVATE SCHOOLS | Campaign Finance | Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System | Tax exemptions | Environment | Prison overcrowding | Job creation


  • James, Frank Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Richard, Todd Photographer
  • Tallaksen, Dale Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • McMillan, Rick Speaker
  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Courtney, Bob Interviewer
  • Patriquin, Ronni Interviewer
  • Hill, John Interviewer
  • Ekings, Robyn Interviewer
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Edwards, Edwin Panelist


A live debate held on September 7, 1983, in Baton Rouge between the two gubernatorial candidates, Governor Dave Treen (R) and former Governor Edwin Edwards (D). The debate was moderated by Beth George Courtney of Louisiana Public Broadcasting and featured questions from a panel of four capitol reporters, Bob Courtney of WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Ronni Patriquin of the Shreveport Journal, John Hill of Gannett News Service and Robyn Ekings of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In addition to their opening and closing statements, the candidates answered questions related to their political appointees, raising taxes, funding the statewide drainage plan, job creation, providing aid to private schools, setting spending limits on gubernatorial campaigns, reforming special retirement plans for public officials, the industrial tax exemption, the environment, prison overcrowding and their response to what the voters view as their negative qualities.