5 hopefuls in 6th District at Baton Rouge forum
BATON ROUGE - At a forum in Baton Rouge, four Republican candidates for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District seat stressed their opposition to President Barack Obama, while boasting of their conservative philosophies; one Democrat - former Gov. Edwin Edwards - emphasized what he called a moderate philosophy.
Edwards, businessman Paul Dietzel, state Sen. Dan Claitor, former coastal chief Garret Graves and state Rep. Lenar Whitney attended Monday's forum in Baton Rouge.
Issues separating Edwards from the GOP crowd included a federal minimum wage. Edwards endorsed it as necessary for low-income workers and a boost to the economy; the others, opposed it, saying it would drive up costs of goods and services.
Edwards broke from the others on same-sex marriage. He stopped short of backing marriage equality but endorsed the idea of same-sex civil unions.