The final Governor’s debate held at Louisiana Public Broadcasters, was intimate with both candidates sitting at a roundtable, facing each other going back to back.
The candidates were asked questions on a range of topics including infrastructure, health care and education.
Governor Edwards boasted job growth saying several cities in the state has high tech jobs. His opponent, Eddie Rispone, went against those claims saying, Louisiana isn’t following in President Trump’s footsteps, saying the state ranks at the bottom when it comes to jobs.
“There are more high-tech jobs available in Louisiana right now than at any time in our history and have the biggest economic development project in the state down in New Orleans” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.
His opponent, Eddie Rispone said, “We’re not riding the trump wave when it comes to the economy, we lost 12,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry alone.”
Following the debate, both candidates agreed this debate was different, saying sitting across from each other, there was a lot of back and forth. However, through all of the bickering, they believe they got their points across.
“The fact of the matter is, this is an important job and I think the people of Louisiana deserves to hear the truth. They didn’t get much of that out of my opponent, so I thought we needed to set the record straight and make sure the people understand” said Governor Edwards.
“It was a. little different; this is more of a debate back and forth. I know a lot of people like to see that, what happened tonight. We got our message out there, I’m a career, you know, I’m not a career taxes spend politician. I am an outsider, a businessman, someone who created thousands of jobs” said Eddie Rispone.
Wednesday’s debate was the final debate ahead of the November 16thrunoff election.