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Edwards: I'll govern from center, won't be 'on the far left'

10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago December 02, 2015 Dec 2, 2015 Wednesday, December 02 2015 December 02, 2015 5:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards sought to reassure business and political leaders that he was sincere when he campaigned as a centrist, saying he would bring that approach to his administration.

The Democrat who takes office Jan. 11 told the annual luncheon of the nonpartisan Council For a Better Louisiana on Wednesday that he doesn't intend to govern "on the far left."

But he also said he intended to push for the decidedly Democratic causes he championed as a candidate: a minimum wage increase, equal pay for women and the expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program.

Edwards reached out to the audience of state officials, lawmakers, lobbyists and business officials, urging collaboration. He said if he proposes something they don't like, they should feel comfortable to offer suggestions of a different approach.

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