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Campaign 1983: The Treen/Edwards Debates, No. 2

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-09-14

Duration: 00:52:27

Subjects: Elections, 1983 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1983 | Television debates | Politics | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Edwards, Edwin W. | Environment | HAZARDOUS WASTES | Economy | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | UNEMPLOYMENT | Taxes | Crime | PARDONS | Education | Professional Improvement Program | Deferred Compensation Corporation of Louisiana


  • James, Frank Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • Richard, Todd Photographer
  • Tallaksen, Dale Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • McKean, Darlynne Speaker
  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Edwards, Edwin Panelist


A live debate held on September 14, 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 a format that allowed the candidates to ask each other questions on a set of pre-determined topics. For the first six rounds, Treen and Edwards asked and answered questions related to the environment, the economy and jobs, leadership and integrity, spending and taxes, criminal justice and education. During the final wild card round, Governor Treen asked Governor Edwards about his financial involvement with the Deferred Compensation Corporation of Louisiana (DCCL) and Edwards countered with a question about Treen’s subsequent lawsuit against DCCL. The debate ended with the candidates’ closing statements.