Louisiana Governor’s Debate – The Runoff

Louisiana Governor’s Debate – The Runoff


MAJOR PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR THE LOUISIANA GOVERNORS DEBATE 2018 THE RUN OFF PROVIDED BY SOUTHERN STRATGY GROUP. PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL ADVISE ON THE BUSINESS OF POLITICS. WITH OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE NAVIGATING GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS LEARN MORE AT SSGLA. COMAND BY AARP FIGHTING TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR ALL LOUISIANA CITIZENS. LEARN WHERE YOU CANDIDATES STAND. AND BY THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU. >>LOUISIANA GOVERNORS RAISE IS DOWN TO 2. CURRENT GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS AND CHALLENGER EDDIE RISPONE. WHO ARE THEY AND WHERE DO THEY STAND ON EDUCATION JOBS AND THE BUDGET. FIND OUT THESE ANSWER AND MORE TONIGHT ON THE LOUISIANA GOVERNORS DEBATE 2019 THE RUN OFF. GOOD EVENING I’M BETH PRESIDENT OF LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROAD COSTING AND BURY PRESIDENT OF COUNSELOR FOR LOUISIANA. THANK YOU FOR JOINING TONIGHT FOR A RUN OFF DEBATE FOR THE CANDIDATES OF GOVERNOR. FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS LPB PRESENTED LIVE POLITICAL DEBATES. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR VOTERS TO HEAR FROM THE CAN DATES FOR GOVERNOR WHERE THEY CAN ANSWER QUESTION AND EXPLAIN THEIR POSITIONS. >>OUR DEBATE FEATURES THE CANDIDATES IN THE RUN OFF FOR LOUISIANA RUN OFF FIRST INCUMBENT JOHN BEL EDWARDS AND CHALLENGER EDDIE RISPONEY THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT>>THANK YOU>>DISPOSE QUESTIONS ARE 3 JOURNALIST WILLIAMS AND MORROW THE COHEST AND MARK AT THE ADVOCATE. >>TONIGHT WE WILL ATTEMPT TO COVER A LOT OF TERRITORY TOPPINGS OF IMPORTANCE OF THE CITIZENS. A DRAWING WAS HELD EARLIER TO DETERMINE THE ORDER OF QUESTIONS AND CLOSING STATEMENTS. THE FORMAT A IS DESIGNING TO ENCOURAGE A MININGFUL DIALOGUE>>OVER THE COURSE OF THE EVENING 7 MAJOR TOPIC AREAS THE ROLE NATIONAL ISSUES PLAY IN LOUISIANA THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE VERSES THAT OF AN OUTSIDER, CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES, TRANSPORTATION INFUA STRUCK AND THE ECONOMY AND JOB OF THE FUTURE, TAXES AND FISCAL ISSUES AND HOW CORE VALUES GUIDE THEM. THEN THE CANDIDATES WILL HAVE A TURN TO ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS ON THE SAME TOPIC. THE PAN LIST ALLOWED TO ASK FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS TO MAKE SURE ANSWER ARE CLEAR AND RESPONSIVE>>LET’S GELT STARTED. NEWS FROM MAIN STREAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT NATIONAL ISSUES. WE BEGIN WITH A QUESTION TO GOVERNOR GOVERNOREDS WARDS>>NAME A NATIONAL ISSUE THAT IMPACTS LOUISIANA AND YOU HAVE AUTHORITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT. WHY IT IS IMPORTANT AND YOUR ROLE AS GOVERNOR>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION I WOULD SAY THE NATIONAL ISSUE I THINK HAS PLAYED THE BIGGEST PART IN LOUISIANA HAS BEEN THE MEDICAID EXPANSION. THE EASIEST BIG DECISION I WILL EVER MAKE SOMETHING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THREW THAT 400 FIFTY THOUSAND WORKING LOUISIANA WHO HEALTH INSURANCE THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF UNINSURED PEOPLE IN OUR STATE HISTORY. SAVED 300 MILLION TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET DEAF CYST. ALSO WE KNOW THAT WE ALSO SAVED LIVES. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. PRIMARY CARE AND PREVENTIVE CARE AND NOT A SINGLE HOSPITAL HAS CLOSED CONTRARY ALL ACROSS THE SOUTH STATES DID NOT EXPAND MEDICAID. NOT A SINGLE HOSPITAL CLOSED IN LOUISIANA. WHAT I WAS ABLE TO DO SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO PUT IN PLACE THE MEDICAID EXPANSION REALLY BENEFITING OUR STATE AND ALL ACROSS OUR STATE>>MR. RISPONEY SAME QUESTION>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION I THINK THE THING I AM SEE I AM A SUPPORTER OF TUMP AND WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN FUNOMTLE. A DEMOCRATIC PARTY GOING AFTER IMPEACHMENT. THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING IN THE UNITED STATES BUT NOT BOOMING IN LOUISIANA FALLING BEHIND EVERYONE ELSE. LOSING JOBS THE ONLY STATE LOSING JOBS WHEN WE HAVE ECONOMY BOOMING LOWER TAXES THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE LAST FIFTY YEARS LOUISIANA IS ACTUALLY LOSING JOBS HAD EVERY 70,000 CITIZENS LEAVE THIS STATE TO GO TO WORK. LOST ALMOST 10,000 JOBS JUST IN OIL AND GAS ALONE. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WE ARE DOING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL ON THE STATE LEVEL THESE ARE THE AREAS I AM GOING TO WORK ON AS A JOB CREATOR I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE JOBS AND BRING THOSE JOBS BACK TO LOUISIANA SO OUR CHILDREN WILL BE PROUD TO SAY LOUISIANA IS HOME>>WE NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CANDIDATES TO ASK EACH OTHER QUESTIONS THE ORDER OF QUESTIONING WAS DETERMINED EARLIER BY A DRAWING START WITH GOVERNOR EDWARDS WITH A QUESTION TO MR. RISPONE>>DO YOU SUPPORT THE LAWSUIT THAT YOUR SUPPORTERS ARE FILED TO END THE MEDICAID EXPANSION AND THE PROTECTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH PRERIST RSISTING CONDITION. HOW WOULD YOU PROTECT 800,000 LOUISIANA WITH PREEXISTING CONDITION INCLUDING MY DAUGHTER AND 400 FIFTY THOUSAND WORKING LOUISIANA WHO HAVE HEALTHCARE CAVEERAGE BECAUSE OF THE MEDICATION EXPANSION>>I THINK THE QUESTION IS HERE IS THAT DO WE SUPPORT WHAT WE HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS I THINK WE ALREADY PASSED A LAW. THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PASSED NOT SURE WHERE YOU ARE GOING WITH THAT. BUT I DO KNOW WE HAVE EXPANDED MEDICATION EXPANSION AND WAISTED 85 MILLION-DOLLAR ON PEOPLE WHO DID NOT QUALIFY. ALSO SPENT 16 MILLION ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WITH WELFARE BENEFITS. WAISTING DOLLARS AND CENTS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THOSE OF THE THINGS I AM GOING TO FIX. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GO AFTER PEOPLE EXCUSE ME, WITH EXISTING CONDITION>>YOU DIDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION. YOU DON’T HAVE A PLAN AND YOU DON’T HAVE A PLAN CAUSE YOU DON’T CARE. IF YOU CARED ABOUT THEIR HEALTHCARE COVERAGE YOU WOULD NEVER PROPOSE A MEDICARE FREEZE. AN ACTUAL REPEAL. TAKE HEALTHCARE AWAY FROM 300,000 WORKING LOUISIANA. AND BY THE WAY EXPLODE THE BUDGET AND THE LAW THE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS IS IN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH IS IN THE LAWSUIT. IGNORE THE QUESTION AND THE REALITIES>>YOUR AUDITOR CAME BACK AND SAID YOU WAISTED 400 MILLION-DOLLARS>>TALKING ABOUT A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. WE ARE NOT GOING TO FIGHT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. DO YOU WANT ME TO SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN>>WHAT IS YOUR PLAN>>ITS ALREADY PROTECTED GOVERNOR. >>WITH A LAW UNDER ATACT FROM YOUR SUPPORTERS. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE GET PROTECTIONS>>MR. RISPONE YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO POSE A QUESTION TO THE GOVERNOR>>I ASKED THE QUESTION ALT THE LAST DEBATE OF THE GOVERNOR I SAID GOVERNOR YOU SUPPORTED HILLARY CLINTON AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. CAN YOU EXPLAIN>>THERE YOU GO ALWAYS LOOKING TO WASHINGTON DC THE DYSFUNCTION GRIPPED OUR NATIONS CAPITAL PERMIT TODAY DOING ANYTHING MEANINGFUL>>THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER THE RUN AGAIN WHO WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH PLANES TRAINS AND JOBS>>IF YOU WOULD BE COURTEOUS ENOUGH. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS I STILL GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF PARTY THAT’S THE LEADERSHIP I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING TO THE GOVERNOR OFFICE ALLOW US TO TACKLE THE LARGEST DEFICIT BRINGING REPUBLIC AND DEM GRATS TOGETHER AND I GET ALONG WELL WITH PRESIDENT OF BOTH PARTIES DONE THAT WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. NINE TIMES I HAVE MET WITH THE PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS THINGS LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. NOW ITS TIME FOR POLITIC AND I UNDERSTAND NINGS ARE DIFFERENT BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE OVER I WILL BE REECOLLECT I WILL GO BACK TO WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT>>THE ONLY QUESTION HE DIDN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION WHY HE SUPPORTED HILLARY OVER DONALD TRUMP. WHEN WE GET THE NEXT WACKO THE SOCIALIST WE HAVE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TODAY SUPPORT THAT PERSON OVER DONALD TRUMP AGAIN THAT’S WHAT THE LIBERALS DO DO AWAY WITH ECONOMY FREE ENTERPRISE SOCIALISM THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE HERE A LIBEERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED BY LIBERAL>>YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SOME GENERIC DEMOCRAT. YOU ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT ME. I AM SQUARELY IN THE MIDDLE>>THAT’S WHY WE SPEND TAXES WASTE A HUNDRED MILLION HERE AND THERE>>BASED ON YOUR TAX CREDITS>>GENTLEMAN WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ONTO ANOTHER TOPIC. A LOT OF THIS CAMPAIGN HAS REVOLVED AROUND EXPERIENCE. GOVERNOR EDWARDS DIRECT EXPERIENCE AS LEGISLATOR AND GOVERNOR MR. RISPONE YOU TOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A BUSINESS MAN AND OUTSIDER. WE’LL EXPLOR THESE DIFFERENT WITH A QUESTION FROM WILLIAMS AND YOU ARE GOING TO READ THE WHOLE QUESTION AND THE FIRST ANSWER WILL COME FROM MR. RISPONE>>MR. RISPONE YOU CLAME THE STATE IS HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION PROBLEMS ONLY FIXED BY POLITICAL OUTSIDE YET YOU HAVE BEEN A MAJOR POLITICAL DONOR. ARE YOU REALLY A POLITICAL OUTSIDER OR DO YOU BEAR SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MANY CHALLENGES OUR STATE IS CURTLY FACING>>TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE HERE>>SORRY>>AND MR. FOR GOVERNOR EDWARDS YOU HAD SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNOR BUT RUNNING DEM GRAT IN A DEED RED STATE WITH REPUBOLOGGEN LEGISLATEOR>>WHAT WE HAVE HERE REALLY BOILS DOWN TO A JOB INTERVIEW. WE HAVE A 30 BILLION-DOLLAR OPERATION HERE. AND WE HAVE A LIBERAL TRIAL LAWYER AS OUR CEO. WE NEED A CEO SOMEONE SERIOUS BUSINESS SKILLS. PARTICULAR LATHE PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY THAT ARE KILLING JOBS AND CAUSING US TO HAVE THE SECOND HIGHEST ALTHOUGH BILL INSURANCE IN THE COUNTRY. TIME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE ARE LAST WE ARE LAST FIFTH YOU CAN’T GET ANY WORSE THAN FIFTH. IF LSU WAS LAST WE WOULD FIRE EVERYONE. THANK GOD THEY ARE FIRST PLACE. WE WOULD FIRE THE COACHERS AND THE WATER BOY AND EVERYONE. ITS TIME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THE CAREER POLITICIAN HAVE PUT IN IN FIFTH FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS IN A ROW. WE NEED A CEO SOMEONE OUT SIDER SOMEONE TO DO FOR LOUISIANA WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE FOR THE NATION. WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN FIFTY YEARS THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING THE STALK MARKET IS UP TAXES ARE DOWN. CREATING THOUSANDS OF JOBS. 5,500,000 MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE FIRST 2 YEARS. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED FOR LOUISIANA. >>GOVERNOR>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. I HAD A REPUBLICAN LEGISLATOR IN THE FIRST TERM STILL ABLE TO COME TOGETHER SOLVE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE INCLUDING THE LARGEST DEFICIT IN THE AHISTORY OF THE STATE LEFT TO ME BY BOBBY JINDAL. WE DID THAT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH MY LEADERSHIP AND TODAY WE HAVE THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE HISTORY OF OUR STATE GROWING TENTH FASTEST RATE NUMBER 1 IN SOUTH EAST THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF PERSONAL INCOME IN THE HISTORY AND IN FACT PERSONAL INCOME GROWN EVERY SINGLE QUARTER UNEMPLOYMENT 4 . 3 PERCENT THE LOWEST IN MORE THAN 11 YEARS NEW ORLEANS BACK TO PREE KATRINA LEVEL BATON ROUGE THE MOST JOBS EVERY. THOSE ARE THE FACTS COME FROM THE TRUMP ASSOCIATION SO THIS IDEA THAT LOUISIANA ISN’T DOING SO MUCH BETTER THAN WE WERE 4 YEARS AGO IS ABSOLUTELY PUPOSTEROUS MADE UP MR. RISPONE IS LYING NOW ABOUT MY RECORD JUST LIKE CONGRESS MAN ABRAHAM REPEDELY>>ALLOW THE CAN DATS TO POSE QUESTIONS TO EACH OTHER MR. RISPONE YOUR QUESTION ABOUT OUTSIDER INSIDER>>GOVERNOR YOU MADE A BIG DEAL ABOUT YOUR TIES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND YOUR EXPERIENCE IN GOVERNMENT AS WELL. YOU TOLD THE SHERIFFS YOU WOULD NOT RELEASE ANY DRAINAGES CRIMINALS AS IT TURNS OUT RELEASED OVER A THOUSAND. AND YOU ACTUALLY PARDONED OVER A HUNDRED VIOLENT, HUNDRED CRIMINALS THAT HAD VIOLATIONS ACTUALLY HAD SERIOUS VIOLATIONS EVEN SOME MURDERERS AND RAPIST AND CHILD MOLESTERS. HOWDYING BACK AND TELL THOSE SHERIFFS THAT YOU WENT BACK ON YOUR WORD AND HOW DO YOU TELL THOSE FAMILIES OF THOSE VICTIM YOU LET THESE PEOPLE OUT.>>SPEAKER: FIRST OF ALL THOSE SHERIFF HAVE ENDORSED ME BECAUSE THEY KNOW PUBLIC SAFETY IS PRIORITY NUMBER 1 EVERY I HAVE DONE HAS MADE US SAFER. EACH AND 1 OF THEM SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ASSOCIATION MODELED OPPREVIOUS EFFORTS THAT ACTUALLY MADE THEIR STATE SAFER AS WELL AND OUR STATE IS SAFER THE FBI AGENTS REPORT CAME OUT OUR CRIME DECLINING VIOLENT CRIME AND MURDERERS BY AN AMOUNT EXCEEDS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. MURDERERS IN NEW ORLEANS LOWEST SINCE 1971 AND THEY ARE ON TRACK TO BE LOWER THAN THIS? A. YES, MA’AM HAPPENING ALL AROUND THE STATE>>HOW YOU LET OUT 16 MURDERERS AND 2 CHILD MOLESTERS>>2 DEMOCRATS AND 1 INDEPENDENT NOT ANYBODY VIOLENT OFFENSE LET OUT EARLY>>NOT 1>>EXACTLY RIGHT>>PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO SUPPORTED CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BUSINESS GROUPS PEOPLE LIKE THE PELICAN>>WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR PIN. YOU RELEASED 16 MURDERERS 2 CHILD MOLESTERS>>NO, SIR>>THAT’S THE FACT. WHY YOU LET THE MURDERER OF YOUR FATHER OUT>>MR. RISPONE YOU ARE DOING YOUR 32ND RESPONSE>>THAT’S WHAT I HAD TO SAY THANK YOU>>GOVERNOR EDWARDS YOUR QUESTION>>YOU SAY YOU ARE ON OUTSIDER BUT ACTUALLY SPENT THE LAST 2 DECADES POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS INCLUDING WITH BOBBY JINDAL WHEN YOU SAY AN OWEDDER THAT IS JUST TONY WHY ARE YOU LYING ABOUT YOUR DEAD AIDES IN POLITICS AND WHY WERE YOU THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND PUSHING COMMON CORE IN LOUISIANA>>THAT’S NOT TRUE I WASN’T THE DRIVING FORCE. YOU KNOW WHAT I HAVE BEEN BEHIND TRYING TO GET CHILDREN AQUALITY EDUCATION SPENT MILLION DOLLAR AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLAR AND YOU KNOW THAT CAUSE I TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF YOUR COMMITTEE>>AND YOU PUSHED FOR COMMON CORE YOU LED THE EFFORT FOR COMMON CORE>>EVERY TIME YOU HAD ACCOUNTABLE YOU VESTED AGAINST US>>UNSE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM EZ>>LET ME FINISH GOVERNOR YOU ASK ME A QUESTION>>YOU’RE RIGHT I’LL LET YOU LIE AND THEN I’LL RESPOND>>I HAVE NEV BEEN ELECTED TO OFFICE. ELECT PEOPLE TO TURN IT AROUND. CREATED THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN LOUISIANA. I HAVE DEFENDED THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM SO WE CAN GROW JOBS IN LOUISIANA AND WORK THE EEDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING. GET ON ME FOR DOING THAT WHAT EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD DO BE SUPPORTIVE OF GOOD CANDIDATES MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD IMPROVE THE EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN SO WE’LL HAVE A FUTURE IN LOUISIANA THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE AGAINST. WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING IS KILLING JOBS YOU AND YOUR LIBERAL>>UNSE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND THOSE THAT WERE SO POORLY DESIGNED BESE SAID THEY ARE A DISASTER YOUR VOUCHER PROGRAM. THE COMMON CORE WHY DID YOU PUSH ON THE PEOPLE DISPEAT THE OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS>>WE ALREADY ANSWERED THAT QUESTION>>SEYOU SUPPORT COMMON CORE BECAUSE WE WERE LAST IN EDUCATION>>GENTLEMAN>>THE OTHER THING BENEFIT 516 MILLION-DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS>>ALL RIGHT GENTLEMAN WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ANOTHER TOPIC THE NEXT TOPIC ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION>>THERE CONTINUES TO BE A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION AND CANDIDATES HAVE EXPRESSED DIFFERENT IDEAS AND MARK HAS A QUESTION>>BEGINNING AND MR. RISPONE. THE CONVENTION TO REWRITE THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT AND GOVERNOR EDWARDS YOU HAVE INDICATED THE CHANGESITUTE BE MADE THREW AMENDMENTS. WHATEVER APPROACH Y’ALL TALK WHAT PROGRAM FUNDING WOULD YOU CONTINUE TO PROTECT CONSTITUTIONALLY. LET’S TRY TO BE SPECIFIC. ARE YOU WANTING TO PROTECT HOMESTEAD CHEMTION SUPPLEMENTAL PAY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION FUNDING.>>SPEAKER: OF COURSISM ALWAYS PROTECTED EDUCATION PUBLIC FUNDING EDUCATION PROTECT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS DO THOSE THINGS AND WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THE CITIZEN OF LOUISIANA WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THAT’S IN THERE PROTECT THE UNBORN. WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THE UNBORN PROTECT OUR FIRST, ALL OUR THINGS THE FIRST AMENDMENT THE SECOND AMENDMENT WE ARE GOING TO DO THOSE THINGS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A CONSTITUTION CONVENTION WE HAVE TO MAKE OURSELVES COMPETITIVE. THINGS THAT STRUCTURALLY WE HAVE TO DO DIFFERENT. MOVE THE STATE FORWARD. WE ARE NOT COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER STATES WE ARE FIFTH. IF WE KEEP DOING THE SAME THING NEVER GOING TO GET THERE. EVEN THE GOVERNOR SPEAKS TO IT EVERY TIME WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT A BUDGET WE HAVE TO GO TO HEALTHCARE AND HIGHER ED. WE HAVE TO FIC THOSE THINGS WE HAVE TO GIVE THEM THE ABILITY THE PEOPLE WE ELECT TO GO IN THERE AND DO THEIR JOB THAT’S ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THAT RESPECT. PICK THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PRECIOUS TO US IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA NOT DEAL WITH THOSE>>WELL AS YOU KNOW MARK I DON’T SUPPORT CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION ONCE YOU PUT IN THE SESSION ITS UP FOR GRAB I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RIGHT PROTECTION FOR W THROUGH 12 FUNDING. SUPPLEMENTAL PAY FOR FIRST RESPAWNERS PROTECTED THAT’S WHY I WENT TO THE SHERIFF ASSOCIATION FOR THEM AND I TOLD THEM I WAS GOING TO SUPPORT SUPPLEMENTAL PAY HOME SHED EXEMPTION NOT IN FAVOR OR REDUCING OR ELIMINATING. PENSION FOR THOUSAND OF LOUISIANA PROTECTED AND BY THE WAY THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS IN THE STATE CONSTITUTION TODAY IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT SUBJECT TO STRICT CUTENY THE HIGHEST STANDARD INANYONE WANTS TO PLACE A LIMITATION ON THAT THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. SO I BELIEVE THE CONSTITUTION IS A GOOD DOCUMENT RIGHT NOW IT CAN BE AMENDED FROM THE AS IT IS AND WE CAN ADDRESS THOSE CHALLENGES BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE DRAINAGES. WHY I AM STEADFASTLY YOURATIVE GOVERNOR EDWARDS TO ASK A QUESTION>>REALLY IS A SIMPLE QUESTION YOU TALK ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION I WANT YOU TO NAME WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO CHANGE WHAT IS SPECIFICITY WHAT TAX CHANGES DO YOU WANT TO MAKE WHAT BUDGET CHANGES DO YOU WANT TO MAKE AND PLEASE BE SPECIFIC>>WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE CONSTITUTION WE KNOW THERE IS SEVERAL ARTICLES THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED A WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE NO INCOME TAX PERSONAL INCOME TAX TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH TEXAS AND TENNESSEE. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IN OUR CONSTITUTION AND ALLOW THE PEOPLE THAT WE ELECT TO DO THEIR JOB AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GETTING AT FROM THAT STAND POINTED. SOMETHING WITH THE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES WHEN IT COMES TO RETIREMENT WE WANT TO PROTECT THOSE PEOPLE RETIREMENT CAN’T KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND NOT FUND IT. MAKE SURE THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS THAT TO HAPPEN. NOW AM I NERVOUS ABOUT HAVING A CONSTITUTION CONVENTION NO CAUSE BUSINESS PEOPLE WE KNOW HOW TO PUT THINGS TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE IT WORKS LIKE WE WANT IT TO WORK AND MAKE SURE WE ARE COMPETITIVE WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO WE JUST CAN’T KEEP KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROADISM EVERY TIME WE GET A BUDGET CRISIS HAVE TO GO AFTER HIGHER EDAND HEALTHCARE>>WE SOLVED THE BUDGET CRISIS AND MADE INVESTMENTS IN HIGHER EDAND HEALTHCARE>>HIGHEST RIEST TAX INCREASE IN THE HISTORY OF LOUISIANA>>TONY TOO>>I GET A CHANCE TO RESPOND TO WHAT YOU SAID MR. RISPONE>>1 AT A TIME>>100 PERCENT ININACCURATE. THAT NUMBER IS PONY AND YOU KEEP CHANGING IT WE ARE WELL ON THE WAY TO PAYING THAT UNFUNDED ACCRUED LIABILITY NOT A SINGLE CHANGE THAT REQUIRES A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION JEOPARDIZE ALL OF THOSE PROTECTIONS. >>THAT IS FEAR MONGERING. >>ITS UNNECESSARY AND ITS DANGEROUS>>WE GET IT DONE>>MR. RISPONE YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR GOVERNOR EDWARDS>>REALLY THE QUESTION IS WE HAVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS AND WE NEED SOME FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES AGAIN THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT WANT TO ATTACK THESE THINGS TO TURN OUR STATE AROUND WE ARE LAST ABSOLUTELY LAST FIFTH RANKED THAT WAY 3 YEARS NAT IN A ROW. AND THE GOVERNOR REFLIESES TO DO THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE TOO MANY SPECIAL INTEREST WE CAN’T DO THESE THINGSISM AS A BUSINESS PERSON MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD WE KNOW HOW TO CREATE JOBS CREATE THOSE JOBS. WHY ARE YOU SO OPPOSED TO DO WHAT WEE NEED TO DO TO BRING US IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. AGAIN>>MR. RISPONE THE STATE OF LOUISIANA HAS THE LARGEST ECONOMY IN OUR HISTORY IT IS GROWING AT THE TENTH FASTEST RATE N NATION NUMBER 1 IN THE SOUTH EAST>>THAT IS UNTRUE>>GO TO THE US BUREAU FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION>>THAT HASN’T BEEN UPDATED SINCE SINCE 2012>>OUR PERSONAL INCOME IS THE HIGHEST. UNEMPLOYMENT THE LOWEST IN 11 YEARS. 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER. AND ALL OF OUR NUMBERS ARE BETTER THAN THEY WERE WHEN BOBBY JINDAL WAS GOVERNOR SOMEBODY YOU THOUGHT DID A PHENOMENAL JOB THAT YOU WANTED HIM TO BEPRISE OUR NUMBERS ARE BETTER AND WE DON’T NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WE ARE MOVING FORWARD THE LA RILATE OF LOUISIANA FUNDAMENTAL AND MUCH BETTER OFF ON EVERY RELEVANT MEASURE THAN WE WERE 4 YEARS AGO>>THAT’S WHY WE STILL RANK LAST>>ONLY IN YOUR MIND>>REPORT LISTED IN LAST IN EVERYTHING THAT MATTER>>FROM 2015 TO 2014 EVEN>>GENTLEMAN WE ARE MOVING ONTO ANOTHER TOPIC NOT LESS CON10TION HOWEVER A TOPIC YOU ARE BOTH FAMILIAR WITH INFRASTRUCTURE. NO 1 SEEMS TO DENY WE HAVE ALMOST 30 BILLION-DOLLAR IN TORSION NEEDS BUT HAVE HEARD VERY LITTLE IN TERMS OF ADDRESSING THAT PROBLEM. TRY TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER>>GOOD LUCK IS RIGHT>>ITS A BIG CHALLENGE LOUISIANA INFRASTRUCTURE GRADE IN THE EXTENSIVE REPORT CARD FROM AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS IS A D PLUS RATE ROADS AND BRIDGES INATICATE. EVEN WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS THIS YEAR OUR BACK LOG IS STILL BILLION OF DOLLAR IF YOU DON’T RAISE THE GAS TACTION OR IMPOSE TOLLS HOW DO YOU SPECIFICALLY PAY FOR PROJECTS DEEMED ESSENTIAL>>WELL LET ME SAY THIS AGAINST RAISING THE GAS TAX WE JUST RAISED 5 BILLION. NOT GOING TO RAISE TAXES AGAIN. AND ALSO THE HIGHEST CAR INSURANCE THANK THESE THE TRIAL LAWYERS THAT WE HAVE IN LOUISIANA THAT COMPLETELY BEHOLDDEN TO THE SECOND HIGHEST INSURANCE IN THE COUNTRY AND THEN RAISE GAS TAX. THE MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TODAY TO PAY THEIR CAR INSURANCE AND ADD A GAS TAX TO THAT>>THE QUESTION IF YOU DON’T RAISE WHAT WOULD YOU DO>>I AM MAKING A POINT WE ARE NOT GOING TO RAISE THE GAS TAX. JUST RAISE TAX AND GET THINGS DONE. KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. WE’RE SPENDING HUNDRED 30 SOMETHING MILLION TODAY ON SALARIES AND BENEFITS WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO ROADS AND BRINGS. WE ARE GOING TO STOP THAT. CAPITAL OUT LAY. GIVING THINGS WAY MADE IT POLITICAL. PRIORITIZE CAPITAL OUT LAY AND COME UP WITH ANOTHER HUNDRED FIFTY AND PUT THAT IN ROADS AND BRIDGES THE WEIGHT OFF TO START WITH. AND LOOK AT HOW DO WE FUND THESE THING AND DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. SET PRIORITIES. THE OTHER AGENCY WAISTING MONEY MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING IT RIGHT AND PROTECT THAT FROM THE CITIZENS HOW WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD>>CONTINUE TO BE INOVATIVE AND CREATIVE AND AGGRESSIVE WORKING WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE. WE HAVE INVESTED 2 BILLION OVER THE 4 YEARS. WE USED METHODS GARBY BONDS IN BATON ROUGE BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND THE SPLIT THE NEW INTERCHANGE TO SERVICE THE AIRPORT IN KENNER COMES ONLINE NEXT WEEK THE BARKSDALE IN NORTH WEST LOUISIANA. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WAS TAKING MONEY FROM THE TRANSPORTATION FUND WITH AGENCIES HAVING NOTHING TO DO. 300 MILLION OVER THE 4 YEARS GONE INTO WANTS PORTATION BOND OUT 700 MILLION IN REVENUE IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TRANSPORTATIONS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT NOT A SINGLE DIME COMES FROM THE TAX PAYER OF LOUISIANA. CONTINUE TO AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STRETCH OUR DOLLARS AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO DELIVER INFRASTRUCTURE>>YOUR QUESTION FOR GOVERNOR EDWARDS ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE>>WE JUST CONTINUE TO RAISE TAXES IS WHAT WE DO. SINCE THEY BROKE THE PROMISE WE WEREN’T GOING TO RAISE TAXES THAT IS ANOTHER THING GOES BACK TO MY QUESTION WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT RAISING TAXES AGAIN I AM AGAINST RAISING TAX CONTINUE TO RAISE TAX ASK THESE PEOPLE PAYING HIGH PREMIUM AND RAISE TAXES ON THEM AGAIN HOW DO YOU PLAN ON BAYING FOR THAT IS WHAT I AM ASKING. THE SECOND HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY. AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT OUR LIBERAL TRIAL LAWYERS THE HIGHEST SECOND HIGHEST CAR INSURANCE IN THE COUNTRY>>IS THAT THE QUESTION ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE>>IT IS BECAUSE INFRASTRUCTURES AND HIGH WAYS>>THE BILL YOU ARE REFERRING TO DO I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT WILL AND ITS DEMICE. I ASKED LEGISLATORS TO FIND A COMPROMISE AND REPRESENTATIVE TAL BIT HE SAID HE WOULD RATHER HAVE NO BILL THAN A COMPROMISE. THAT WAS WRITTEN BY THE INDUSTRY INSURANCE. NOT A SINGLE LINE MANDATE ANY REDUCTION IN INSURANCE PREMIUM NOT A SINGLE LINE AND I KNOW BECAUSE I READ IT. NOW TRANSPORTATIONS DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MOVE IT FORWARD IPLOUISIANA AS WE HAVE AS GOVERNOR. WE HAVE DONE MORE WITH LIMITED RESOURCES THAN MY PREDECESSORS BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN AGGRESSIVE WE HAVE BEEN CREATIVE WE ARE NOT BASHFUL ABOUT SEEKING GRANTS BECAUSE OF THE SURPLUS WE HAVE ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND INTERCEPTED DOLLAR ON THE WAY BACK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PUT IT OVER 200 NIFTY MILLION OVER THE 4 YEARS I HAVE BEEN GOVERNOR ABLE TO DO THAT>>YOUR RESPONSE>>MY RESPONSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RUN AS A CAREER POLITICIAN EVERY TIME YOU RUN YOU MAKE ALL THESE PROMISES STILL DON’T HAVE ANYTHING GOING ON I49 SHREVEPORT STILL DON’T HAVE BRICK IN LAKE CHARLES>>WE COMPLETED I49 TO THE STATE LINE YOU IGNORE THE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS JUST APPROPRIATED BY ME WITH A BILL I SIGNED TO PUT TOWARDS I49>>LET ME FINISH NOW. WE HAVE ANOTHER SITUATION. BUILD A NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL IN NEW ORLEANS NOWHERE TO GET TO THAT. FOUR YEARS AFTER WE GO LONG FINALLY THE CONTRACTOR FINISH IT 2 YEARS BEFORE THEY CAN GET TO THE AIRPORT THAT’S GOOD PLANNING WHAT BUSINESS PEOPLE DON’T DO. NO BRIDGE IN LOUISIANA STILL DON’T HAVE A FIX ON THAT IN 4 YEARS NO PLAN. AS A BUSINESS PERSON YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAN SOMETHING SO WHEN THE MONEY COMES AVAILABLE YOU CAN GET IT DONE YOU JUST DON’T SIT THERE AND KEEP WAITING AND WAITING AND MAKE PROMISES. I WILL DO IT NEXT TIME>>GOVERNOR EDWARDS YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR MR. RISPONE>>I DO. WHEN YOU GET ASKED QUESTION ABOUT SPECIFIC POLICY PROPOSALS YOU NEVER GIVE AN ANSWER ALL THE MONEY WE NEED. YOU JUST SAID IF YOU TAKE A HUNDRED 30 MILLION DON’T PAY OUT OF TRANSPORTATIONS AND OUT THE GENERAL FUND YOU HAVE ALL YOU NEED TO TAKAL A 14 BILLION-DOLLAR BACK LOG I WANT YOU TO EXPLAIN THE MAT. HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TACKLE>>BUSINESS PEOPLE LOOK AT WHERE WE DO THING MAKE SURE THINGERIZE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE THE MONEY IS THERE WE NEED TO SPEND IT WISELY DON’T WASTE A HUNDRED MILLION ON PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T QUALITY OR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DOLLAR EVERYWHERE WASTED WHY DON’T WE HAVE LOUISIANA CHECK BOOK WHERE WE KNOW EVERY DOLLAR SPENT SO WE CAN MANAGE THIS WE HAVE A 30 BILLION-DOLLAR PLUS BUDGET WITHOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SITTING HERE SITTING HERE NOT EVEN KNOWING WHERE WE ARE SPENDING THE DOLLARS. BUSINESS PEOPLE DON’T DO THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO MANAGE THE MONEY THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT>>OKAY GOVERNOR>>I KNOW YOU DIDVENT AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION YOU DIDN’T EVEN TRY. 14 BILLION-DOLLAR BACK LOG AND SOLVE IT BY HUNDRED 30 MILLION-DOLLAR TAKE YOU A LONG TIME>>HUNDRED 30 MILLION>>WITH RESPECT TO THE INTERCHANGE IN KENNER THE SERVICE THE AIRPORT MY PREDECESSOR WHO ALLOCATED 0-DOLLARS TO THAT. ZERO-DOLLARS HAD NO DESIGN AND NO CLEARANCE. THAT WAS A SITUATION WHEN I BECAME GOVERNOR AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE MOVED IN RECORD SPEED TO DELIVER THAT PROJECT>>4 YEARS IS RECORD SPEED>>AND YOU LET THE TAX PAYER PAY FOR IT>>1 OF THE THINGS WE DO HEAR A LOT ABOUT OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST ARE LEAVING LOUISIANA FOR JOBS IN OTHER STATE AND MARK HAS A QUESTION ON THAT SUBJECT>>ALL THE TALK ABOUT WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT THE TRAINING TO ENHANCE CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING AND REFINERY JOBS MY CHILDREN LEFT THE STATE TO PURSUE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONS THAT JUST DON’T EXIST IN LOUISIANA DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR EXPANDING INTO THOSE TYPES OF PROFESSION IN LOUISIANA SO I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE MY CHILDREN ANYTIME BUT CHRISTMAS>>ABSOLUTELY. AND BY THE WAY YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT THE JOBS IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION AND EDUCATION IS THE KEY. AND THAT IS WHY WE WORK SO HARD TO STABILIZE OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR BUDGET I SHOULD SAY AND START MAKING NEW INVESTMENTS IN EDUCATION THE FIRST TEACHER PAY RAISE IN 10 YEARS THE FIRST NEW INVESTMENT IN HIGHER EDCOMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE 4 YEAR UNIVERSITY AND OUR HBCUS BUT WE ARE GOING TO DIVERSIFY BY THE TALENT PIPE00. THE NUMBER 1 FACTOR IN MAKING THE DECISION THE CEO HAS AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO INVEST IN LOUISIANA CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES CAREERS HERE. WE ARE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW. THERE ARE MORE HIGH TECH JOBS AVAILABLE IN LOUISIANA RIGHT NOW THAN ANYTIME IN YOUR HISTORY LANDED THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN STATE HISTORIFUL DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS. WE HAVE CENTURY LINK STAYING IN MONROE. CGI AND WAITER AND LHC IN LAFAYETTE. THESE OPPORTUNITIES ARE COMING TO LOUISIANA BECAUSE WE ARE INVESTING IN EDUCATION AGAIN>>MR. RISPONE>>I CAN TELL YOU THIS, THE ECONOMY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND WE HAVE LOST 75,000 OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE LEAVING OUR STATE NOT JUST YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKIC JOBS THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE GOING ON IN LOUISIANA WE ARE NOT RIDING THE TRUMP WAVE. LOST OVER 12,000 IN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY ALONE. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION MARK ALL THOSE JOBS FOLLOW WHAT YOU HAVE HERE IN LOUISIANA. WE HAVE GREAT OIL AND GAS POTENTIAL HERE BUT KILLING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS ORPHJOBS BECAUSE OF A LAWSUIT ABUSE BECAUSE OF LIBEL TRIAL LAWYERS HE IS CLOSE TO. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. HERE COMES THE ACCOUNTANTS THE ADVERTISE ALL THOSE OTHER JOBS TO WORK WITH THOSE JOB CREATORS WHEN YOU USE NATURAL RESOURCES. WE HAVE TO BRING THOSE JOB OUT OF PLAN TO CREATE 25,000 JOBS IN LOUISIANA BEFORE MY FIRST TERM IS UP. THE WAY YOU DO THAT YOU BRING THOSE PEOPLE HERE. THE OTHER THING HERE WORK WITH EDUCATION SIDE PARTICULARLY IN THE COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE I AM GOING TO WORK TO BRING THAT BACK IN THE HIGH SCHOOL TO EXPAND THAT>>THANK YOU>>I UNDERSTAND JOB CREATION BECAUSE I HAVE CREATED JOBS MYSELF>>THANKS. GOVERNOR EDWARDS YOU QUESTION>>EDDIE YOU KNOW I SUPPORT EQUAL PAY FOR WOMAN. TESTIFIED EACH OF MY 4 YEARS SUPPORTED STATE REPRESENTATIVE AS WELL. TO END THE NATIONS LARGEST PAY GAP WOMAN IN LOUISIANA MAKE 69 CENTS COMPARED TO MEN DOING THE SAME JOB AND FOR WOMAN OF COLOR ITS CLOSER TO FIFTY CENTS ON THE DOLLAR. MY QUESTION WILL YOU PLEDGE TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO GUARANTEE EQUAL PAY FOR WOMAN IN LOUISIANA>>GOVERNOR I WOULD SAY THIS THEY ALREADY HAVE THAT PROTECTION. IN MY INDUSTRY NEVER SEEN THAT BE ABUSED AND NEVER WILL BE ABUSED IN OUR INDUSTRY OI DON’T KNOW WHEN YOU GET YOUR STATS FROM WE HAVE NEVER HAD THAT IN OUR COUNTRY THOUSANDS LADIES WORK IN OUR INDUSTRY. THEY MATCH UP THEY GET THE SAME DOLLAR AND CENTS PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW AND CONTINUE TO DO THAT. NOW IF YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND CHANGE SOME THINGS AND STARTS FRIVLESS LAWSUITS. THAT’S WHERE THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. THEY DO MAKE THE SAME IN MY COMPANY. SHOULD BE DONE THE SAME WAY IN GOVERNMENT AS WELL. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK INTO THAT GO AHEAD. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT’S THE CASE RIGHT NOW>>WELL THE QUESTION WASN’T ABOUT YOUR COMPANY IT WAS ABOUT THE STATE OF LOUISIANA AND YOU DON’T MIND THE STATE HAVING THE LARGEST PAY GAP IN THE COUNTRY AND QUITE FRANKLY THAT OFFENDS ME HAVING THE LARGEST PAY GAP IN THE COUNTRY WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. IF THE FEDERAL LAW WAS SUFFICIENT WE WOULDN’T HAVE THE LARGEST GAP. THERE ARE TOO MANY KIDS, THE JOBS IS MEASURED THE SAME WAY IN EVERY STATE. WE ARE TRAPPING KIDS IN PROPERTY BECAUSE WE WON’T PAY THEIR MOTHERS WHAT WE PAY MEN>>DOESN’T HAPPEN IN MY INDUSTRY>>YOU ARE NOT RUNNING TO BE GOVERNOR IN YOUR INDUSTRY>>ASK A QUESTION TO GOVERNOR EDWARDS>>GOES BACK TO THIS AGAIN I KEEP ASKING THE GOVERNOR THE SAME QUESTION WE ARE RANKED LAST WHEN THE REST IS BOOMIC. WE ARE RANKED LAST WHEN IT COMES TO JOB AND OPPORTUNITIES. WE ARE RANKED LAST THE ONLY STATE LOSING JOBS. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENT THE LAWSUIT ABUSE KILLING THOUSANDS OF JOBS. FOR JOB CREATORS AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE STATE THAT’S ALL I HEAR WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT LAWSUIT ABUSE GOT TO TURN OUR STATE AROUND WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT GOVERNOR HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET THESE JOBS AGAIN>>YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW AND QUITE FRANKLY WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW IS ASTOUNDING. WE HAVE HAD PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH FOR 19 CONSECIATATIVE MONTHS IN LOUISIANA>>WE ARE NOT LAST AN ECONOMY THE TENTH FASTEST GROWING THE THIRD TIME I HAVE SAID IT. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND IT FOR YOU. ITS THE SAME THING FOR YOU. >>I UNDERSTAND HOW TO CREATE JOBS AND GOING AROUND THE STATE>>QUITE SAYING THINGS THAT ARE WRONG. WE HAVE THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN 11 YEARS RIGHT NOW>>STILL HIGHER THAN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY>>2 POINTS LOWER THAN BOBBY JINDAL. >>THANK GOD FOR TRUMP>>THANK GOD FOR ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER HIM AND ME AND THE LEGISLATOR>>PERSONAL INCOME RIGHT NOW IN LOUISIANA THE LARGEST EECONOMY>>1 TOPIC OVER THE YEARS STUDY AFTER STUDY OUR TRACKS STRUCTURE IS BROKEN BUT SO FAR THE LEGISLATOR HAS DONE NOTHING TO TRY TO FIX IT. LET’S EXAMINE THAT IN GREATER DETAIL TO MR. RISPONEY FIRST>>BOTH WILL GET TO DISCUSS THIS. MOST AGREE LOUISIANA HAS A RELATIVELY LOW TAX BURDEN COMPARED TO OTHER STATES BUT A COMPLICATED TAX CODE THAT MANY ARGUE IS A BARRIER TO RECRUITING NEW BUSINESS SEEMS THERE HAS BEEN NO SHORTAGE PROPOSED SOLUTION BUT THERE HAS BEEN OR IS IS A SHORTAGE OF POLITICAL WILL TO MAKE CHANGES. AS GOVERNOR WILL YOU LEAD THE EFFORT TO MODERRIZE THE TAX STRUCTURE>>EXACTLY I WILL I WILL DO THAT. THAT’S WHAT I ALIEUD TO EARLIER. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION THAT HAS OVER 400 PAGES IN THE TAX CODES 400 PAGES. WE KNOW WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. TAKE A GOVERNOR NOT BEHOLDEN SPECIAL INTEREST ON OWED SIDER. AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR LOUISIANA SO WE CAN COMPETE WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THAT IS WHAT ITS GOING TO TAKE AND THAT IS WHY I AM HERE FOR. LOOK WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE. THEY SAID NO 1 COULD LOWER TAXES. HE LOWERED OUR TAXES. LOUISIANA BENEFIT IT HUNDRED MILLION OF DOLLARS BENEFITED. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. GET AN OUTSIDER SOMEONE A BUSINESS PERSON NOT AFRAID SOMEONE THE BACK BONE NOT BEHOLDER TO SPECIAL INTEREST TO MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD THAT’S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO>>GOVERNOR EDWARDS>>FIRST OF ALL IF YOU WOULD EVER READ THE CONSTITUTION YOU WANT TO CHANGE TO A CONVENTION YOU WOULD KNOW THERE ARE NOT 400 PAGES ON TAXES IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT YOU JUST STATED. LOOK THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS TAX REFORM IS VERY DIFFICULT. THE LEGISLATOR COMPLETELY WITH THEY CREATED A TASK FORCE IN 2016 STUDIED THIS ISSUES AND MADE RECOMMENDATION 16 OF THEM AND THE LEGISLATOR ENACTED EXACTLY 0 OF THEM BECAUSE ITS HARD YOU CREATE NEW WINNERS ASK AND CREATE NEW LOSERS. I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO LEAD THE EFFORT BECAUSE I SUPPORTED ALL OF THOSE TAX CHANGES I THINK EXCEPT FOR 1 THAT CAME OUT OF THAT TASK FORCE BECAUSE WE DO NEED TO MODERNIZE TAX CODE. AS YOU MENTION WE HAVE THE FIFTH LOWEST COMBINED STATE AND LOCAL TAXES IN THE COUNTRY. ALSO THE THIRD STATE IN THE NATION THIS YEAR TO REACH TAX FREEDOM DAY. THE PROBLEM IS WE HAVE THE COMPLEX SYSTEM THAT NEEDS TO BE SIMPLIFIED AND WE CAN LORE RATES IN EXCHANGE FORGETTING RID OF EXEMPTION AND DEDUCTION THAT NOBODY ELSE HAS AND SIMPLIFY YOUR TAX CODE AND LOWER THE RATES>>MR. RISPONE YOUR QUESTION FOR GOVERNOR EDWARDS>>THE QUESTION IS WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE THAT GOVERNOR BEEN THERE FOR 4 YEARS. I AM OUT HERE SAYING WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IN THE FIRST YEAR I AM GOVERNOR. MAKE SURE WE GET THAT DONE AND MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD 4 YEARS TO DO THAT ALL YOU SAID TOO COMPLICATED COULDN’T GET THEM TO DO T. ALWAYS ECCUSES WHY WE DON’T MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD. WE HAVE TO DO IT NOW. WE JUST CAN’T KEEP KIBING THE CAN DOWN THE ROADISM ON OUTSIDER NOT BETOLDEN OF SPECIAL INTEREST GO IN THERE AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN>>YOU ARE A WALKING SPECIAL INTEREST. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS FIRST OF ALL WE HAVE TACKLED THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT PHASES THIS STATE IN THE 4 YEARS. THAT 2,074,000,000-DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT LEFT ON MY DESK BY BOBBY JINDAL. WE TACKLED IT DID IT BY WORKING TOGETHER. AND I WILL WORK WITH ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO ROPE UP THEIR SLEEVE AND WORK WITH. LYNSEY HEBERT: TO GET IT DONE. WE DID SUSPECTED TO CHANGE THE TAX CODE IN ORDER TO GET IT DONE. BUT CHANGES TO THE TAX CODE ARE THINKS WE SHOULD PURSUE I SUPPORTED ALL BUT 1 OF THE 16 RECOMMENDATIONS THAT CAME FROM THE TASK FORCE>>THROUGH LEADERSHIP>>RIGHT MY LEADERSHIP SURPLUSES NOW AND NOT DEFICITS>>EDDIE LEGISLATOR WITH A 23RD VOTES REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND>>7 SPECIAL SESSIONS>>THAT’S RIGHT BECAUSE I DON’T QUITE ON THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA. IF IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN 8 OR 9 I WOULD HAVE DONE 8 OR 9. I SHOW UP I WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY.>>SPEAKER:>>GOVERNOREDS WARDS YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR MR. RISPONE>>I THINK I DO. THANK YOU>>WHEN LOUISIANA BUDGET WAS IN A DITCH BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNOR YOU SUPPORTED AND YOU WERE BENEFITING FROM 516 MILLION IN TAX BREAKSES DURING THAT TIME YOU CREATED 19 JOBS AND HIGHERED FOREIGN WORKERS WHEN OUR STATE HAD THE NINTH HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WHY DO YOU THINK CORPORATION AND SPECIAL INTEREST LIKE YOU SHOULD GET TAX BREAKS IF THEY DON’T CREATE>>SPREADING MISNONERS SAYING WE RECEIVED 500 MILLION IN TAX CREDIT THAT A LIE. TALKING ABOUT I TIP I RECEIVED NOT 1 NICKEL. THAT IS WHAT THEY DO. THEY SPREAD LIES LIKE I GOT THAT>>YOU SAID I RECEIVED THAT GOVERNOR>>I SAID BENEFIT>>WE DO WORK THERE WE HIRE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND PUT IN THAT PLANT WE DON’T WANT THOSE PEOPLE TO HAVE THOSE JOBS YOU WANT TO KICK THEM OUT>>A TOTAL OF 19 JOBS>>FOREIGN LABOR THE NINTH HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY. I DIDN’T SAY ILLEGAL. YOU DIDN’T HIRE LOUISIANAENS>>MISLEADING FOLKS. SAYING WE RECEIVED 500 MILLION THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE. THE PLANTS THAT DID THAT AND CREATED THOUSANDS OF JOBS LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND WE HAVE CREATE SAID THOUSANDS OF JOBS. THAT’S WHAT THE PULL TITIANS DO WE GOT ALL THIS THREATENING THING TO DO WE RECEIVED THOSE TACTIONS GOD FOR BYE BID WE RECEIVE THAT KIND OF TAX BREAK. THAT’S THE I TIP TRYING TO SAY WE RECEIVED FROM THE GOVERNMENT>>I SAID YOU BENEFITED FROM IT>>EVERY GROCERY STORE>>THE FACT YOU HIRED FOREIGN LABORS WHEN WE HAD THE NINTH HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT>>YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY WE HIRED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS>>YOU DON’T WANT TO LOOK AT THAT CAMERA AND TELL PEOPLE YOU HIRED FOREIGN LABOR>>WE HAVE HIRED OVER 4,000 PEOPLE. WE CREATE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND HERE YOU GO FROM A TAX CREDIT>>WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ONTO OUR FINAL QUESTION HERE>>YOU ARE PROUD OF HIRING FOREIGN LABOR>>PROUD OF HIRING 4,000 PEOPLE KEEPING THEM FED>>WE HAVE PROBABLY GONE THROUGH THIS 1 PRETTY WELL ONE MORE AREA. EXPECTED ANY CANIDATE A SET OF CORE VALUES DEFINES WHO THEY ARE AND WILLIAMS HAS A QUESTION ABOUT THAT TO BE POSED TO GOVERNOR EDWARDS>>SO SOME PEOPLE ARE GUIDED BY THEIR FAITH OR STRIVE TO LIVE BY THE GOLDEN RULE HOW WILL YOUR PERSONAL CORE BELIEFS GUIDE YOU AS GOVERNOR>>LOOK THE VALUES I BRING TO THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR THE SAME ONES THE CONCONVENT CHOSEN TO ENFORCE THE HONOR CODE. I TRY TO LIVE MY FAITH EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE FACT I AM MARRIED TO MY HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. THE SEVENTH GRADE. VERY PROUD OF THAT. ALL OF THAT IS WHO I AM. I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO GO TO WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY. YOU HAVE TO LEAD FROM THE FRONTED AND YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP ESPECIALLY ON THE MOST DIFFICULT DAYS AND THAT IS WHAT I HAVE DONE AS GOVERNOR WE HAVE MET CHALLENGE AFTER CHALLENGE WHETHER IT WAS DISASTER WHETHER IT WAS A CRISIS WHETHER IT WAS PROTEST BUT THAT LEADERSHIP IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. US ARMY RANGER THE MODO WAS RANGERS LEAD THE WAY YOU HAVE TO BE OUT FRONT AND THAT’S EXACTLY HOW WE ARE ABLE TO TACKLE THAT 2 BILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT I WILL NEVER QUIT ABOUT WE GET THE JOB DONE. A CORE VALUE I THINK HELPS ME TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE GOVERNOR>>MR. RISPONE>>MY FAITH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME THE WHOLE FOUNDATION I WAS RAISED IN A FAITH FILLED FAMILY BLUE CALLER FAMILY OF 9 ALL MY LIFE VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND WE LEARN VERY EARLY AGE HOW IMPORTANT THAT WAS AND GUIDED US THREW OUR LIFE. I HAD A JOB SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS OLD AND I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO WORK I KNOW TO CREATE JOBS. THOUSANDS OF JOBS. MY FAMILY AND MY FAITH IS MOST IMPORTANT THING EVERY DAY WHEN I GET UP I PRAISE TO GOD FOR WISDOM. THE REASON IS BECAUSE OF MY FAITH. I WANT EVERY CHILD IN LOUISIANA TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAY HERE WORK AND LIVE AND STAY IN LOUISIANA I LOVE LOUISIANA I LOVE THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA AND THAT’S WHY I AM IN THIS RACE. AT MY STAGE IN LIFE THAT IS THE REASON I AM HERE WANT EVERYBODY TO CALL LOSIANA HOME STAY HERE AS I TRAVEL THE STATE THAT’S WHAT I HEAR. WHY ARE MY CHILDREN MOVING OUT. I WANT THEM TO STAY HERE CREATE JOBS I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY HERE AND APPRECIATE WHAT THEY HAVE IN LOUISIANA AND BE PROUD TO CALL LOUISIANA HOME. THAT’S WHY I AM IN THIS RACE>>GOVERNOR DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ON THAT>>SURE FOLKS AT HOME MAY NOT KNOW THIS THE TO KNOW TIME THE 2 OF US ARE GOING TO APPEAR TOGETHER DURING THE RUN OFF BECAUSE HE HAS DECLINED EVERY OTHER INVITATION OR JUST APPEARANCE ON ROOD STATION OR TV STATION TOGETHER. OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS I HAVE LED THE STATE THREW A BUDGET CRISIS MULTIPLE NATURAL DISASTERS PROTEST GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION YOU HAVE SHONE YOU WILL FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION OF YOUR MENTOR LANE A CORRUPT KING MAKER SOMEONE 2 WEEKS AGO THAT HE BRIBED SOMEONE TO GET OUT OF RAISE SO HE COULD FIX THAT PARTICULAR SENATE RAISE YOU HAVE BEEN HIDING THIS ENTIRE RUN OFF AND I WANT TOO LONG HOW CAN THE LOUISIANA PEOPLE TRUST YOU ARE GOING TO SHOW UP FOR THEM WHEN YOU WON’T EVEN SHOW UP FOR THEIR VOTE>>YOU HAVE AND I HAVE CROSSED PACTS SEVERAL TIMES AND BEEN ALL OVER THIS STATED AND HAVE BEEN TO FORUM AND HAVE HAD DEBATES AND I AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THERE THIS IS ANOTHER DEBATE. BUT I AM BUSY VISITING THE PEOPLE AROUND THIS STATE LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE CONCERNS ARE WHY THEY ARE FAMILIES ARE MOVER OUT OF THIS STATE WHY WE ARE KILLING JOBS AND CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND I AM LISTENING TO THOSE FOLKS I HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE AND SAT THERE AND BEEN THREW DEBATES AND NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT I AM GOING TO BE BUSY WITH THESE PEOPLE. I HAD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SUPPORTED ME ENDORSING ME THE OTHER DAY I MISSED A PRESS CONFERENCE THE VIOLATE OF THE UNITED STATES CAME DOWN HERE TO HEPT ME I AM GOING TO GO A PRESS CONFERENCE INSTEAD OF MEET WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT GET CRITICIZED FOR THAT I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT. AND I AM A PERSONAL OF MYSELF NO 1 ELSE IS DICTATING ME. IF MY FRIENDS DO SOME THINGS WRONG THEY DO SOME THINGS WRONG. I AM NOT GOING TO GO THERE AS WELL>>IDS MY UNDERSTANDING THE VICE PRESIDENT CAME DOWN LATER IN THE AFTERNOON A NONEVENT AT THE LOUISIANA PRESS ASSOCIATION. WHICH WAS A FORUM THEY ALWAYS HAVE BY THE WAY AND 1 I READILY ACCEPTED>>I WAS OVER ALL THE STATE THAT MORNING COME BACK TO MEET THE VICE PRESIDENT>>HE DIDN’T COME IN TILL 4030>>A NONEVENT. THE EXCUSE YOU GAVE IS WRONG. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TIME FOR THE SHERIFFS FOR THE BATON ROUGE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE>>I MET WITH THEM INDIVIDUALALLY>>THE FORMM WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ADDRESS THEM TOGETHER. YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA YOU DON’T WANT TO SHARE YOUR VISION BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE ANY>>MAKE US NUMBER 1 IN THE SOUTH WHEN IT COMES TO JOBS>>GOOD CAUSE WE ARE NUMBER 1 RIGHT NOW IN THE SOUTH EAST. WE ARE NUMBER 1US BUREAU ECONOMIC>>WE KNOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN THIS COUNTRY BUT THE GOVERNOR SUPPORTS NEW ORLEANS AS A SANCTUARY CITY. >>THAT IS A STUPID QUESTION. NEW ORLEANS IS NOT A SANCTUARY CITY. THEY HAVE NEVER PUT THAT LABEL ON NEW ORLEANS. AND I DON’T SUPPORT ANY OTHER SANCTUARY CITY BY THE WAY WE DON’T HAVE ANY IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA. A RIDICULOUS QUESTION>>I SUPPORT NEW ORLEANS BECAUSE ITS IMPORTANT PARTED OF LOUISIANA>>TO PROTEST ICE AND NOT COPERATE WITH ICE>>I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMAN YOUR ALLEGATION IS COMPLETELY WRONG THEY DIDN’T SPEN ANY TAX DOLLARS FOR ANY PROTEST. DO I SUPPORT I DO SUPPORT CAUSE ITS A CRITICAL PART OF OUR STATE. THE TURISM THE BRINGS IN THE FACT IT HAS THE SUPERDOME WHAT IT MEANS FOR CULTURE AND EVERYTHING ABOUT LOUISIANA I LOVE NEW ORLEANS I ABSOLUTELY DO JUST LIKE I LOVE SHREVEPORT AND VILL PLAT AND MONROE BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL IMPORTANT>>THANK YOU I THINK WE ARE OUT OF TIME ON THIS PARTICULAR QUESTION. MR. RISPONE>>SORRY. THANK YOU GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH THIS CERTAINY ON ALL THESE TOPICS CERTAINLY BEEN A SPIRITED DEBATE WE THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING AND NOW WE WILL GO TO YOUR CLOSING REMARKS GOVERNOR EDWARDS WE BEGIN WITH YOU>>THANK YOU. LOUISIANA HAS A CHOICE TO MAKE MAKE AND I THINK TONIGHT MADE THAT VERY CLEAR. HE IS RELYING ON WASHINGTON I AM RELYING ON YOU THE PEOPLE OF LOUISIANA. I INHERIT A 2 BILLION BUDGET DEFICIT WE NOW 3 CONSECUTIVE SURPLUSSED. TODAY THE EMPLOYMENT RATE LOWEST IN 11 YEARS THE ECONOMY THE BIGGEST IT HAS EVER BEEN. 400 FIFTY THOUSAND WORKING LOUISIANA HAD HEALTH INSURANCE WHO DIDN’T BEFORE I BECAME GOVERNOR. ASK YOURSELF DO YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO THE FAILED POLICY OF BONDY JINDAL SOMEBODY EDDIE THOUGHT SO MUCH. SUPPORTED HIM TROOBE PRESIDENT OR SHOULD WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD. TACKLING OUR BIGGEST CHANGE BY BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND SOLVING THEM IN A BIPARTISAN WAY NOT ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE FOR POLITICAL PARTY I AM ASKING YOU TO VOTE FOR THE SONF A SHERIFF AND A CHERRY HOSPITAL NURSE FORMER RANGER A HUSBAND OF A TEACHER A FATHER AND AN OUT DOORS MAN. MY OPPONENT THINKS HIPARTY SHOULD DEFINE HIM I AM VERY HAPPY TO LET THE LIFE I HAVE LIVED DEFINE ME. I AM ASKED FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR VOTE NUMBER 4 FOR 4 MORE LET’S KEEP IT GOING>>THANK YOU MR. RISPONE>>THE GOVERNOR IS RIGHT THIS IS A CLEAR CHOICE BETWEEN A TAX CAREER POLITICIAN BEHOLDEN OF SPECIAL INTEREST ATTORNEY OR OUT SIDER A PROTRUMP PERSON THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS SOMEONE KNOWS HOW TO FILL THOSE JOBSCH SOMEONE GOT THE BACK BONE TO GO AGAINST THE STATUS QUO. CAUSING US TO VATHE WORSE ECONOMY IN THE SOUTH. WE NEED SOMEBODY DIFFERENT IF WE EXPIC SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IF LSU DID THIS IF THEY WERE LAST THANK GOD THEY ARE NOT WE WOULD FIRE EVERYBODY THE PRESIDENT THE COACHES THE WATER BOY WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT IF WE WANT A DIFFERENT OUT COME IN LOUISIANA. A CONSERVATIVE OUT SIDER SOMEONE WITH SERIOUS BUSINESS SKILLS SOMEONE HAD BACK BONE TO GO UP AGAINST THE STATUS QUO TO TURN OUR STATE AROUND. WE SHOULD BE THE NUMBER 1 IN THE SOUTH AND WE WILL BE WITH MY ME AS ME AS YOUR GOVERNOR>>THANK YOU GENTLEMAN WE ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU OUR VIEWERS FOR JOINING US AND ENGAGING IN THIS PROCESS CRITICAL FOR DEMOMMIES TO FLOURISH. ELECTION DAY IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16TH>>BEHALF ON COUNSEL OF BETTER LOUISIANA THANKS SO MUCH AND HAVE A GREAT EVENING. AND PUBLIC BROADCASTING. MAJOR PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR THE LOUISIANA GOVERNOR DEBATE 2019 THE RUN OFF PROVIDED BY SOUTHERN STRATEGY GROUP SUPPORTING VOTER EDUCATION AND PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL ADVISE ON THE POLITICS OF BUSINESS AND THE BUSINESS OF POLITICS. WITH OVER 100 YEARS OF COMBINED PARTNER EXPERIENCE NAVIGATING GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS LEARN MORE AT SSGLA. COME AND BY AARP FIGHTING TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR ALL LOUISIANA CITIZENS. AMERICANS PAY THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR NAME BRAND DRUGS IN THE WORLD. LEARN WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STAND AND BY THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

63 Comments on "Louisiana Governor’s Debate – The Runoff"


  1. OMG!!! Eddie Rispone…Dude you LOST this..LOL You actually don't have a plan. EXPOSED.
    Governor Edwards…I personally would like you to be WAY more left, but you exposed Eddie Rispone. You out smarted him. Now we know why he didn't want to show up. LOL Great Job Gov.

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  2. Rispone is an uniformed idiot and liar. I'll pray for Louisiana if he gets elected. You're going to need it and then some.

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  3. Lol. Rispone sounds like a lost, angry child. He cant listen and respond in an intelligent manner. Does he even know what a liberal is? Good job boomer.

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  4. I want the man who actually knows what he is doing. Who cares for and listens to everyone. And will work with both sides of the aisle. John Bel Edwards. Stands by his convictions. And works hard everyday for us. All of us!!

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  5. Damn John Bel kicked Rispone's butt!!! "I'll let you finish your LIE, then I'll respond" was JBE's best line. I am embarrassed for how clueless Rispone is. This isn't an election between Democrats vs Republicans. It's a race between those who love Louisiana and know facts VS absolute bigoted idiots.

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  6. Wow! I see why Rispone doesn’t want to debate Edwards! He’s totally clueless about government and can’t answer questions! Vote #4 for 4 more!

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  7. Wow JBE YOU MY GOV 😍 CAUSE THIS FOOL KEEP SAYING TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP LOL ALL HE KNOW IS TRUMP NO FACTS

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  8. So is it me or did fakespone just repeated everything that was on his commercials he been running🤔

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  9. Louisiana needs to wake up. Bobby Jindal closed hospitals, causing job loss, stopped the Tops scholarship program, gave tax credits to business and used surplus almost leaving Louisiana on the brink. This Rispone guy has no Agenda. Just that he is a businessman. Well, from what I see in the White House, the businessman is taking liberties with our government. Government can't be handled like a business cause one person doesn't have the last word. To align his self with Trump is hilarious. No agenda just a lot of talking, finger pointing. We don't need a businessman. We need a governor who understands how our state works and Mr. Edwards is doing a great job. Just say No to Phony Rispone😯

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  10. The fact that people in this state treats politics like sports teams is the reason we have fools running like this right wing clown. He has no idea what is going on. If the people would really pay attention to the actually policies, this state would not be in a fight to be the last in every state poll. If you really look at it, Edwards is a republican. He just has a "D" next to his name.. And the fight to go further right is hilarious to me. Rispone/ Abraham seriously?! This is all the republicans have?! Give me a break.. Democrats have done more for this state than ANY Republican. Its a fact!

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  11. For anyone thinking we're not growing just listen to JBE and look at the statistics:

    https://www.bea.gov/news/2019/gross-domestic-product-state-first-quarter-2019

    Rispone: that hasn't been updated since 2012
    JBE: No sir, it has
    Rispone: Yes it has not….

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  12. The moderaters should be scolded. No order. They allow a 60 minute fuss and talking over each other. A Waste. Poor …wild wild west debate. Super Sad..worthless !

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  13. 48:15 Look at the interviewers faces, look how stunned they are that Rispone can't understand the difference between foreign and illegal

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  14. Maybe all Louisiana Voters should watch this knowing how Edwards and others are abusing power https://www.soundoffla.com/gov-edwards-70-million-man-louisiana-state-police-commission-jared-caruso-riecke-openly-brags-video-creative-ways-circumvent-law-enforcement-nations-roadways/?fbclid=IwAR0aJF81GeT2PS4NufCpNJ87MLUCyXA_kPTIU0Bas67K0nT-h4Nm0AgneMY

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  15. Rispone looks and sounds like a governor while Edwards looks scared… and he should be scared. Rispone is going to send Edwards home.,

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  16. The unemployment rate is lower now than it was because he has pushed out businesses and those people that didn't have jobs have left for other states to find jobs

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  17. I’ve watched this throng three times just to see how stupid Rispone is and how badly he makes southerners Republicans, and an Louisiananians look. He should go somewhere.

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  18. I could have not watched that and still would have made the same vote. I see now why Eddie does not want to keep having debates….. pointless. JBE sitting there and getting that upset surely is not going to swing my vote. I have a father that lost his job after 40 years because of the plant shutting down and countless women and men having to find jobs that are not here. I have a friend just the other day that has to leave a wife, daughter, son and go to Ohio to work because he can not find work here. It's just wrong, we the people of Louisiana deserve better, and shouldn't have to leave to provide for our families. Time for a change, that's why my family and I are once again backing Eddie Rispone.

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  19. #JBE
    We need more state independence!
    Not a mini Trump.
    Keep it going Governor!!

    Ohhh he didn't wanna talk about common core!!

    God I hope people are paying attention to the men. Trump is not backing the right man if he's not for our govonors..

    I love him!! And I am a traditional republican..
    The president really messed up in Alabama..

    Leave our constitution alone Rispone… Growl

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  20. This is what the Republican Party is doing now, just lie after lie. No, Rispone, Louisiana’s economy is one of the fastest growing and best performing in the country. I have family who lives in Kansas, where they tried out your little plan to “create jobs”. Guess what, all it did was increase the deficit. You want to create jobs? Improve healthcare and education, improve infrastructure. That’s how you create jobs on the state level.

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  21. Also remember when Republicans were all about states rights and now they’re giving litmus tests to politicians on their loyalty to federal Republicans.

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  22. Rispone and Trump are both perfect examples of how our current economic system don’t prioritize intelligence or skill when it comes to making money.

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  23. Eddie Rispone doesn't have any answers,it like a deer in head lights …….i'm a right wing republican, i voting for edwards

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  24. Rispone is a fear mongerer. He's basically taking everything Trump said and modifying it for Louisiana. He has no ideas of his own.

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  25. It literally takes 2 seconds to find the federal data JBE was talking about and see how much our economy has grown since he took office.https://apps.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&step=30&isuri=1&major_area=0&area=22000&year=2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011&tableid=526&category=5526&area_type=0&year_end=-1&classification=naics&state=0&statistic=-1&yearbegin=-1&unit_of_measure=levels

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