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The Race for the U.S. Senate (2010)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-10-29

Duration: 00:26:34

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Elections, 2010 | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2010 | Vitter, David | MELANCON, CHARLIE | Strother, Raymond | Moller, Jan | Cross, G. Pearson | Moore, W. Henson, 1939- | Politics | Political analysis | Voter turnout | Campaign advertising | Immigration


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Strother, Raymond Panelist
  • Moller, Jan Panelist
  • Cross, Pearson Panelist
  • Moore, Henson Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from October 29, 2010, features Shauna Sanford leading a panel discussion on the United States Senate election between United States Senator David Vitter (R), the incumbent, Congressman Charlie Melancon (D), and ten other candidates. The panelists are: Raymond Strother, a political consultant; Jan Moller, a political reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picyaune; Dr. Pearson Cross, a professor of political science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and former Congressman Henson Moore. They discuss: the reasons for the expected low voter turnout; the lack of interest in the race; the difficulties facing Democrats in the state; Melancon’s attack ad on Vitter’s character; undecided voters; Vitter’s attack ad against Melancon’s stance on immigration; and the inaccessibility of the candidates.