Candidates take on issues in final Senate debate

Candidates take on issues in final Senate debate

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The top six candidates, who each received at least five percent in a Raycom statewide poll, had no love lost between each other, using time to attack their opponents.

The Democrats, Foster Campbell and Caroline Fayard, took swipes at each other, while Republican John Fleming targeted John Kennedy as often as he could.

The Republicans, including Charles Boustany and David Duke, tried to make their case on why they are the most conservative choice for Louisiana, while Duke took heat from both sides of the aisle.

During the debate, FOX 8's John Snell asked questions on topics ranging from health care, Social Security and taxes, even tackling candidate-specific issues, including commercial attacks and the history of some candidates.

But during their closing statements, each candidate addressed voters, telling them how they would operate in Washington if their supported presidential candidate is not elected.

"I can work with anybody. I've got the legislative record to prove it, but I have principles and I'm not going to sacrifice those principles. The first thing I'm gonna do when I get to the Senate is ask every one of my colleagues, Democratic and Republican, let's go to lunch, let's go to dinner. I don't want to just meet them in their office, I want to break bread with them," John Kennedy said.

"The American people are over-the-moon angry at what's going on in Washington. Washington is rigged. We know this, look at what happened with Hillary Clinton and others. So as co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, who stood up to my own party leadership as well as Democrats, I'm going to fight for what's right. I'm going to fight for our constituents, I'm going to fight for conservative Louisiana principles no matter who is president," John Fleming said.

"I'm always going to put the interest of the people of Louisiana first. I'm not going to be trading on partisan politics. I'm going to work hard with anyone who wants to make sure that the American dream remains bright and beautiful for all. If you're focused on the future, you've got one - it's me, Caroline Fayard. I'm not a good old boy, and I'm not beholden to any special interest. I owe no favors except to the people of Louisiana. Let me work with you in the United States Senate. I'll work for your families on equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, and making sure oil and gas on the coast gets working again," Caroline Fayard said.

"If you really want some real change, not somebody who's going to work with Mrs. Clinton if she gets elected, and fight her every step of the way, and stand up for you and stand up for your family and your heritage and your freedom and your prosperity in this country. If that's what you want, you want to be a change, you know who to vote for - it's me," David Duke said.

"Of course I'll work with whoever gets to be president. I owe that to the people of Louisiana. We need somebody who can help the state. We're a poor state. Fighting people all the time when they're right, you find doesn't do anything, doesn't do anything. I will fight for the people of the state of Louisiana and make sure we get our out of poverty, better schools, better roads, you name it I'm on the people side," Foster Campbell said.

"I've worked with party leaders. I've worked with the opposite party as long as it didn't violate my principles. When John Boehner opposed me about getting two new veterans clinics, I won, and those veterans' clinics are in construction today for veterans who served this country. At times we have found ways to work together to solve problems such as revamping our customs laws to take care of the seafood industry that was being hammered by foreign importers from China and other places, we solved that problem," Boustany said.

Now candidates are in the home stretch of their campaigns with less than a week to convince voters they are the best choice for Louisiana.

It's likely the race will go to a runoff, which will happen if no candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote, the top two vote getters would then face off in December.

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