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U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston Interview (1980)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1980-07-25

Duration: 00:08:57

Subjects: Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | SENATORS | Elections, 1980 | United States presidential election, 1980 | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | United States Senate election in Louisiana, 1980 | Long, Russell B. | Taxes | Tax deductions | Environment | NUCLEAR WASTE | Salt domes | Politics | Religion | Evangelicalism


  • George, Beth Host
  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Interviewee


This segment from the July 25, 1980, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an interview with United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston. He discusses the 1980 presidential election and President Jimmy Carter’s chances for re-election, his support of Senator Russell Long’s re-election campaign against State Representative Woody Jenkins, the view of Long as the most powerful man in the Senate, the possibility of Democrats sponsoring tax cuts in 1981, his bill prohibiting the storage of nuclear waste in Louisiana salt domes, and his concerns over the mixing of politics and religion through the increased involvement of evangelical and fundamentalist groups in politics. Host: Beth George Host: Ron Blome