Vitter not expected at final gubernatorial debate
BATON ROUGE – Senator David Vitter is not expected to participate at the final gubernatorial debate to be held at LSU’s campus Wednesday.
Tiger TV, LSU’s student media television station and the organization hosting the final debate, said Monday that Vitter’s campaign cited conflicts with his Washington D.C. schedule that will prevent him from attending the event. The student media station said John Bel Edwards, Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle confirmed that they would attend the debate.
LSU said their invitation to Vitter would remain open.
The Tiger TV debate will be the sixth televised debate for the 2015 governor's race. Vitter has only attended two of the five televised debates.
All four candidates last faced off together at La. Tech on Oct. 15. Watch the full debate online HERE.
“We really want all four front-runners to tell Louisiana why they should be the next Governor, so if the Senator is in Louisiana and able to attend then we’ll be happy to have him,” Press Manager Sarah Loftdal said. “Either way, we’re still looking forward to seeing how the other front-runners debate about the issues.”
The final gubernatorial debate will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holliday Forum at the Journalism building at LSU.
According to Tiger TV, topics covered at debate will include higher education, poverty and Louisiana’s budget crisis. Panelists will also ask questions submitted to @lsutigertv on Twitter using the hashtag #lsugovdebate.
LSU student Mitch Rabalais will moderate the event. The panelists for the debate will include WBRZ’s Michael Marsh, KATC’s Jim Hummel, KTBS’s Jeff Beimfohr and a representative from WWL-TV.
“Even though this is a student-run debate, I am looking forward to a debate that will cover issues that aren’t just important to students, but to everyone in the state,” Rabalais said.
The debate will be broadcast in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and Shreveport as well as online for free at Tiger TV’s website.