In debate, gloves come off as election day approaches
NEW ORLEANS- In a debate where WBRZ anchor Michael Marsh was a panelist, two of the three leading candidates for U.S. Senate hounded political gridlock and Congressman Bill Cassidy who did not appear in the Monday evening debate.
"I believe that America is the last great hope on earth, but our future is in danger from poor leadership by career politicians," Rob Maness (R) said. Maness is a retired Air Force Colonel from Madisonville. He said he believes he is the right choice for voters because he can bring new blood to Washington, D.C.
Incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu (D) said she was the best choice because of her experience in the Senate and was frustrated Cassidy, the GOP representative for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District, has refused numerous debates.
"It's hard to have a debate if your main opponent doesn't show up," Landrieu said. Cassidy said he was out meeting people and spreading his message and could not appear.
"Unless he is standing on the 50 yard line at Tiger Stadium, he's not going to reach as many people as we did tonight," Landrieu said.
The debate was telecast across Louisiana. It aired Monday evening on WBRZ sister-station WBTR TV. WWL TV produced the debate. WBRZ and WWL have a news partnership.
Cassidy voted early Monday and said meeting people face-to-face was more important than attending the debate in New Orleans.
"Reality is in this campaign, I have to meet as many voters as possible," Cassidy said.