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Debate 1979: All Candidates

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-10-18

Duration: 00:58:55

Subjects: Television debates | Elections, 1979 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1979 | Fitzmorris, James E. (James Edward), 1921- | KNOX, L.D. | Nelson, Greg | MOUTON, EDGAR G. "SONNY" | Treen, David C., 1928-2009 | Hardy, Paul, 1942- | Henry, E. L. "Bubba" | LAMBERT, LOUIS | Lewis, Ken | Political campaigns | Campaign Finance | Education | Politics | Government | RIGHT TO WORK | Environment | Business | Labor | HAZARDOUS WASTES


  • George, Beth Moderator
  • Zewe, Charles Moderator
  • Fitzmorris, Jimmy Panelist
  • Knox, L.D. Panelist
  • Nelson, Greg Panelist
  • Mouton, Sonny Panelist
  • Treen, Dave Panelist
  • Hardy, Paul Panelist
  • Henry, Bubba Panelist
  • Lambert, Louis Panelist
  • Lewis, Ken Panelist


Beth George of LPB and Charles Zewe of WYES moderate a live debate in Baton Rouge and New Orleans on October 18, 1979, between the nine candidates for Governor: Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris (D); L.D. Knox (D); Greg Nelson (Socialist Worker’s Party); State Senator Edgar “Sonny” Mouton (D); Congressman Dave Treen (R); Secretary of State Paul Hardy (D); Speaker of the House E.L. “Bubba” Henry; Public Service Commission Chairman Louis Lambert (D); and Ken Lewis (D). The moderators ask the candidates questions on the following topics: campaign finance; government spending; education; right to work; and the environment. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.