2 candidates square off in first La. Senate debate
NEW ORLEANS - Two candidates in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race have met in their first televised debate.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, one of her Republican opponents, debated Thursday night in New Orleans which was taped for airing Friday night on WDSU-TV.
Landrieu and Maness tackled issues of federal minimum wage, campaign finance and border security.
Landrieu stressed the importance of her three terms in the Senate in giving her the ability to get projects, funding and legislation of concern to Louisianans.
Maness, who has never run for office, focused on eliminating federal regulations, restrictions and mandates.
Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is Landrieu's major opponent for the senate seat. He declined to participate in the debate.