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Gov. John Bel Edwards (Oct. 2019)

The Press Club



Genre: Speech

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-10-28

Duration: 00:46:02

Subjects: BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB | Politics | Elections, 2019 | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2019 | Edwards, John Bel | Rispone, Eddie


  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker


A speech by Governor John Bel Edwards (D) before the Baton Rouge Press Club on October 28, 2019. His opponent in the November 16th run-off election for governor, Eddie Rispone (R), declined his invitation to attend. Governor Edwards discusses his questions about Rispone’s policy proposals and his administration’s accomplishments over the last four years. He also answers questions from members of the press on a variety of topics, including: his support for the second amendment; Medicaid expansion; voter turnout; attracting Ralph Abraham’s voters from the primary election; his working relationship with President Donald Trump; the Republican majority in the Louisiana Legislature; redistricting; tax reform; increasing the minimum wage; high auto insurance rates; his opposition to legalizing recreational marijuana; Louisiana’s medical marijuana program; higher education governance; Rispone’s support for school vouchers; and whether this is his last political campaign.