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2015 Gubernatorial Forum (Primary)

The Press Club



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-09-21

Duration: 00:56:31

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Television debates | Elections, 2015 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015 | Politics | Government | Angelle, Scott | DARDENNE, JAY | Edwards, John Bel | HIGHER EDUCATION | Louisiana Board of Regents | MINIMUM WAGE | SALES TAX | Taxes | Environmental monitoring | Louisiana. Department of Agriculture and Forestry | Louisiana. Department of Environmental Quality | Tax credits | Transportation | Education | Common Core State Standards Initiative


  • Angelle, Scott Panelist
  • Dardenne, Jay Panelist
  • Edwards, John Bel Panelist


A debate at the Baton Rouge Press Club on September 21, 2015, between three of the candidates for Governor: Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle (R); Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne (R); and State Representative John Bel Edwards (D). U.S. Senator David Vitter (R) declined his invitation to attend. The debate begins with each candidate’s opening statement. Members of the press then ask the candidates questions on the following topics: their reaction to Vitter’s attack ads; protecting higher education; strengthening the Board of Regents; raising the minimum wage; supporting sales tax payments on Internet purchases; supporting a processing tax on oil and gas; reducing the jury trial threshold for civil cases; increasing fees for the Department of Environmental Quality in order to pay for environmental monitoring; changing tax credit programs; addressing the $12 billion backlog for highways, roads, and bridges; increasing the funding at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry in order to fight wildfires; and their position on Common Core. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.