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Debate 2014: The Race for the Senate

Louisiana Senate Debates



Genre: Debate

Place Covered: Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-10-14

Duration: 00:59:05

Subjects: Television debates | Politics | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 2014 | Centenary College of Louisiana | CASSIDY, BILL | Maness, Rob | Landrieu, Mary, 1955- | Health Care | MEDICARE | IS (Organization) | Campaign Finance | Political action committees | Pay equity | MINIMUM WAGE | Student loans | Education | Social Security | Military bases | Climate change | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  • Courtney, Beth Moderator
  • Erwin, Barry Moderator
  • Sanford, Shauna Speaker
  • English, Alan Speaker
  • Grace, Stephanie Speaker
  • Alford, Jeremy Speaker
  • Cassidy, Bill Panelist
  • Maness, Rob Panelist
  • Landrieu, Mary Panelist


Beth Courtney and Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderate a live debate from Centenary College in Shreveport on October 14, 2014, between the three candidates for United States Senate: United States Congressman Bill Cassidy (R); retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness (R); and United States Senator Mary Landrieu (D). In lieu of an opening statement, the candidates answer a question on when and why they first decided to run for public office. For the first round of questions, a panel of journalists, Shauna Sanford of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Alan English of the Shreveport Times, Stephanie Grace of the Advocate, and Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics, ask questions to all of the candidates on the following topics: Medicare; President Barack Obama’s military strategy against ISIS; the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare); super PACs and campaign finance; pay equity; the minimum wage; student loan debt; the federal government’s role in K-12 education; key federal funding areas for Louisiana; the debt ceiling; Social Security; Louisiana’s military bases; and climate change. For the lightning round of questions, the moderators ask the candidates questions on the following topics: medical marijuana; health care as a fundamental right; a balanced budget amendment; and rating the performances of President Obama and Governor Bobby Jindal. The debate ends with each candidate’s closing statement.