Louisiana's U.S. Senate runoff candidates talk new campaign and Donald Trump

Louisiana's U.S. Senate runoff candidates talk new campaign and Donald Trump

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - The last two men standing in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race talked about their differences and working with a President Donald Trump if they are elected.

Republican John Kennedy came out on top election night after besting 22 other candidates and was guaranteed a spot in the December runoff.

Democrat Foster Campbell made it clear it was a new start to the campaign after having clinched the second runoff spot.

"This is what we've all been fighting for, fighting hard trying to get the runoff and we're going to do everything we can do and we're going win," Foster said during a press conference the morning after the election.

Kennedy, who is currently the state's treasurer is a republican with statewide name recognition and a reputation for being vocal.

"I don't think you can find two candidates out of the 24 who are as different as Commissioner Campbell and I. It's like the difference between gumbo and grits," said Kennedy.

Campbell has been in politics for 40 years.  He currently serves on the state's utilities regulating Public Service Commission.

"You got one guy representing the people and one guy representing the corporations," said Campbell.

Kennedy sized up their political differences in a different way.

"Commissioner Campbell supported Secretary Clinton, I supported Donald Trump.  Commissioner Campbell for as long as I've known him has always believed that he can tax, spend and regulate America into prosperity," Kennedy.

Each spoke about working with Trump, if elected.

"When he talks about rebuilding roads and bridges and highways and helping education I'm all for it.  I've got a record to prove that, so, so I'm all for that.  If he's against raising the minimum wage that's a non-starter for me, I'm for that 100-percent, and if he says he's not for letting women make the same thing as a man that's a non-starter to," said Campbell.

"He is a liberal democrat, Mr. Trump is conservative republican, I'm a conservative republican. I think it'll be much easier for me and much better for LA to work with the president elect than Commissioner Campbell. I suspect that Commissioner Campbell will not agree with Mr. Trump on much of anything. I know that Mr. Campbell believes that Obamacare is working for America, I don't," said Kennedy.

Campbell is accusing John Kennedy of not being forthcoming enough in terms of releasing financial information.

"I'm the only one letting you look at my income tax. Mr. Kennedy won't let you look at his income tax, hey look, I showed you three years this is how much I made in the last three years?" stated Campbell.

"Mr. Campbell's incorrect, I've filled out a very detailed comprehensive financial statement as we're all required to do," said Kennedy.

And when Kennedy was about whether he released his tax returns, he replied, "I have not, it's not required."

Campbell said fundraising is difficult for democrats in Louisiana, so he said he would reach out to the national democratic party for assistance.

It is unclear whether the race to replace Sen. David Vitter, R- LA., who decided against seeking reelection will attract the type of national attention received when then Sen. Mary Landrieu, a democrat, was challenged by republican Bill Cassidy. Cassidy ended up defeating Landrieu.

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