Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:43

Louisiana GOP, Demos Go On Offense Pre-Melancon, Vitter TV Debates

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The republicans and the democrats are making their last minute challenges before tonight’s and tomorrow night’s debates.  Tonight the US Senate debate will be conducted by WDSU TV. Tomorrow, the only statewide debate will be conducted by WWL TV and a handful of other stations.
Earlier this week, Louisiana Democratic Party Spokesman Kevin Franck, put a challenge to the reporters and accused the media of hiding from Vitter as much as the media claims the republican Senator has been ducking them.

CNN cites Bayoubuzz 

Today, the Republican party issued these questions, presumably in time for tonight’s debates:
Charlie Melancon Does Anything to Avoid his Record
Why Won't he Answer the Tough Questions
Baton Rouge – Charlie Melancon has dodged answering all the tough questions about his voting record of voting with President Obama more than 84% of the time. We hope that Charlie Melancon doesn’t get a free pass again to avoid answering why he puts the Obama agenda and himself ahead of Louisiana.

15 Questions to ask Charlie Melancon:
Both a Louisiana newspaper and the Louisiana GOP on their website have asked whether you were offered a job by the White House or another National Democrats to convince to run for the Senate.  Were you offered and a job and who were the National Democrats who convinved you to run?

Congressional records indicate that you vote with Obama 84% of the time and Speaker Pelosi more than 90% of the time. How can you claim to be a “moderate?”

Why did you not vote to put Members of Congress in the health care exchange like everyone else under Obama’s health care plan?

You have said that as a small business owner you know what it takes to make a payroll.  If that is the case why do you oppose the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that directly benefit small businesses?

Many of the major business associations across the country have opposed the “Card Check” legislation.  You are an original coauthor of the bill and have voted for it before.  Why do you support Card Check?

You have accused Sen. Vitter of being ineffective for the state of Louisiana. Can you name 5 pieces of legislation that you sponsored that passed in the House of Representatives?

You claim to be pro-life.  If that is the case why do you have a 42% F rating with National Right to Life?

At the time the stimulus passed you said in a press release it would save or create 50 thousand jobs in Louisiana, but according to it has only saved and created 9 thousand jobs to date and Louisiana unemployment continues to rise.  Are you willing to admit the stimulus has been ineffective and do you still stand by your vote?

You talk about fiscal restraint in Washington.  Name 5 programs or votes where you voted to actually cut spending in Washington?

Why did you have to fly to exotic places like Hawaii and Australia to learn about global warming?

Do you support Affirmative Action?

The Iberville housing project is in the closing stages of a grant to rebuild public housing in that area.  Do you believe that gang members and convicted drug dealers should be allowed in taxpayer provided public housing?

Did you support the appointment to the Supreme Court of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan?

Why did you fail to hold a single town hall in August of 2009 when debate on the health care bill was pending in Congress?

Why did you vote to provide taxpayer funded benefits to illegal immigrants?
Following the Republican email challenge, Franck slapped at the media further by once again focusing upon what he apparently feels to be the major campaign issue:
In an email on Wednesday afternoon, Franck wrote,
“Debate Tonight: Last Chance for La. Media to Stand Up to Vitter”

Will Vitter get tough questions or softballs at debates tonight and tomorrow?

(Baton Rouge) With U.S. Senator David Vitter set to make rare public appearances at two live, televised debates tonight and tomorrow, will the Louisiana press corps finally ask Vitter the tough questions Louisianans want to hear or will they lob more softballs at the junior Senator?
As reported in the Washington Post today, Vitter has taken an “out of sight, out of mind approach to campaigning” and Louisiana’s press corps has largely let him get away with it. Few Louisiana reporters have shown the temerity to ask Vitter tough questions following his 2007 admission that he broke the law by soliciting prostitutes and revelations last summer that he kept a violent aide on staff for more than two years after learning he was charged with beating, stabbing and holding his girlfriend hostage.
“The moderators and panelists for these two debate are among the most seasoned and respected journalists in Louisiana and we hope that the will ask Vitter the tough questions he’s been avoiding,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Spokesman Kevin Franck.
Tonight, Vitter will appear at a debate sponsored by WDSU-TV in New Orleans. The sole moderator will be Norman Robinson, who anchors the station’s evening news broadcasts and hosts an interview program called the Hot Seat.
Tomorrow, Vitter is scheduled to participate in a debate at WWL-TV in New Orleans. That debate will be hosted by WWL-TV’s Dennis Woltering and questions will come from a panel of TV journalists from around Louisiana including Sally-Ann Roberts from WWL-TV, Greg Meriwether of WAFB (Baton Rouge), Jeff Ferrell of KSLA (Shreveport), Blue Rolfes of KLFY (Lafayette) and John Denison of KNOE (Monroe).

CNN cites Bayoubuzz

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