Louisiana Senate Race final debate before Election Day held at LSU

Posted by on October 30, 2014
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On Wednesday night in Baton Rouge on the campus of Louisiana State University, three candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat, currently held by Democrat Mary Landrieu debated for the fourth and final time before the Nov. 4 election.  Sen. Landrieu was joined by Republican challengers Rep. Bill Cassidy and Col. Rob Maness (ret.)

The issues covered in the debate ranged from ISIS to the Middle East, Ebola to border security, and The Affordable Healthcare Act, among others.

This race could be key in determining which party will gain Senate Majority, and could be thrown into a run off due to the race being split three ways.

Rep. Bill Cassidy has been absent for two of the four debates.  He comments on this in the opening statements of the debate.  He has defended himself by saying that he is focusing more on meeting with voters, and has participated in enough of debate in the two he has attended.

In the final statements of the debate, Sen. Landrieu conveyed that the U.S. can be energy self sufficient, and her goal is to make it that way. Energy and oil has been her strong point in her senate career, but much of the progress that has been made has been filled with earmarks and money for herself.

Col. Maness hit multiple times on the fact that Sen. Landrieu and Rep. Cassidy should be in Washington with the legislation in session to address the Ebola outbreak, ISIS’ gaining boldness, and the war in the Middle East. “The young men and women that have volunteered and sacrificed so much to fight for this country deserve more than what you are giving them”, said Maness.

Sen. Landrieu hit Col. Maness with his Tea Party association, “A vote for Maness is a vote for the Tea Party, and a vote for the Tea Party is one less vote for Louisiana.”

But while Maness may be a Tea Party candidate he claims to have the best interest of Louisiana in mind. Landrieu, on the other hand has voted with President Obama 97% of the time.

To view the replay of the debate visit:  http://www.c-span.org/video/?322316-1/louisiana-senate-debate

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Brinkley Branch

Brinkley Branch is a home-schooled high school student and the oldest of seven kids. She’s a gun totin’, Bible believin’ Mississippi girl through and through. Her political career has been short and sweet thus far, but it certainly runs in her blood. Brinkley campaigned for Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel in his U.S. Senate race against Sen. Thad Cochran, and later went on to help with the courthouse audits county by county. She is a two year TeenPact Leadership School student and a member of both the Mississippi Tea Party and the Central Mississippi Tea Party.

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