Louisiana candidates for U.S. senate participate in forum

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 9:44 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Between choosing a President, a fifth district congressman, and several amendments, Louisiana voters will also choose a new U.S. senator on Election Day.

The list of candidates are:

Bill Cassidy (Incumbent) (Republican Party)

Derrick Edwards (Democratic Party)

David Drew Knight (Democratic Party)

Adrian Perkins (Democratic Party)

Antoine Pierce (Democratic Party)

Peter Wenstrup (Democratic Party)

Dustin Murphy (Republican Party)

Aaron Sigler (Libertarian Party)

Beryl Billiot (Independent)

John Paul Bourgeois (Independent)

Reno Jean Daret III (Independent)

Xan John (Independent)

M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza (Independent)

Jamar Myers-Montgomery (Independent)

Melinda Mary Price (Independent)

Five of the 15 candidates participated in a forum Tuesday night where they discussed their qualifications and answered a series of questions.

Candidates were divided on how well they think the Affordable Care Act is working and offered their own suggestions.

“I have nothing against the pre-existing condition, everything else I believe falls to personal responsibility. The government does not have the right or the authority to dictate public health," Murphy said.

“I think that we should offer a public option so that people can enter into a government-sponsored plan if they want, though everyone who does not, can keep their insurance as is," Wenstrup said.

“I believe that it can be improved but I also believe that Medicare for all will be the best solution," Mendoza said.

When it came down to the environment, candidates weighed in on the Green New Deal and its potential impacts on the state.

“The potential is for is to really revolutionize the energy industry in Louisiana. We’re an agriculture and energy-producing state so why not tap into both of those with the Green New Deal?" Bourgeois said.

“The globe is warming at an alarming rate and it’s due to human interaction, so we have to move in that direction. Now that we know that programs like the Green New Deal, policies like the Green New Deal can create millions of jobs," Pierce said.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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