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Democratic Presidential Politics (1987)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-11-13

Duration: 00:11:04

Subjects: Politics | Democratic Party | Elections, 1988 | United States presidential election, 1988 | Poverty


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Robb, Charles Speaker
  • Breaux, John Speaker
  • Kirk, Paul Speaker
  • Dukakis, Michael Speaker
  • Simon, Paul Speaker
  • Gore, Al Speaker
  • Jackson, Jesse Speaker
  • Babbit, Bruce Speaker
  • Gephardt, Richard Speaker


This segment from the November 13, 1987, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Rob Hinton’s report on two national Democratic Party meetings in New Orleans related to the 1988 presidential election. He first reports on a meeting of the Southern Democratic Caucus. It includes highlights of the speeches by Charles Robb of the Democratic Leadership Council, United States Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, and Paul Kirk, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. They discuss the Democratic Party’s lack of competitiveness in the South in recent elections, Super Tuesday, and the need for changes to the current nominating process. Hinton also presents highlights from a forum of the six major Democratic presidential candidates, including Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts, United States Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, United States Senator Al Gore of Tennessee, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bruce Babbit, and Congressman Richard Gephardt of Missouri. They discuss their plans for combating poverty.