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Decision 2003: The Governor's Debate, No. 3

Louisiana Gubernatorial Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2003-11-2

Duration: 00:58:24

Subjects: Television debates | Elections, 2003 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2003 | COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA | Jindal, Bobby, 1971- | Blanco, Kathleen Babineaux, 1942- | Politics | Government | Leadership | Political ethics | ROADS | Transportation | Political campaigns | Campaign advertising | Health Care | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Taxes | Local governments | Corporate tax | Business


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Erwin, Barry Moderator
  • Scott, Robert Travis Interviewer
  • Hill, John Interviewer
  • Jindal, Bobby Panelist
  • Blanco, Kathleen Panelist


Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana moderate a live debate from Centenary College in Shreveport between the two run-off candidates for Governor: former Health and Hospitals Secretary Bobby Jindal (R) and Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Blanco (D). Two journalists, Robert Travis Scott of the New Orleans Times Picayune and John Hill of Gannett News Service, join the moderators in asking the candidates questions in six areas: their governing styles, roads and infrastructure, their campaigns, health care, jobs, and taxes. During each round, the candidates also ask each other questions on the topics. The candidates answer questions on the following topics: providing specific examples of acting as a consensus builder; political ethics; their management style; funding road repairs; the increasing negativity in their political campaigns; third party campaign advertisements; their health care plans; economic development; empowering local governments to levy taxes for local projects; and business taxes. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.