Candidate Profile: David Vitter

David Vitter
David Vitter

By Jim Shannon - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - David Vitter qualified in Baton Rouge for re-election amidst a cloud of suspicion generated by his opponent regarding a former Vitter staffer. Melancon's people were trying to raise the specter that Vitter was protecting an alleged violent staffer.

Vitter declined to give 9 News a current interview for the profile piece.

"The fact that Charlie is so focused on the latter case, an ex-employee…something that happened two years ago, I think just shows how weak a position he's in and I think it's going absolutely to come across to the voters," said Vitter.

Vitter has largely sidestepped the scandal with a Washington madam after he admitted to "a very serious sin" in July 2007. He has carefully crafted his campaign in a controlled manner touting his record at every opportunity.

"I've been a leader among conservatives in the senate on issue after issue. Charlie Melancon endorsed President Obama," he said.

Vitter's poll numbers according to his camp are 17 points ahead of Melancon. So he chooses his words carefully to keep the campaign from slipping.

"There is a strong contrast between my record, my votes and my opponent's, Charlie Melancon. Whether it's his voting for all the bailouts and the Obama stimulus and the Obama budget that triples the debt, my opposing all that; whether it's his supporting and voting for benefits for illegals, my fighting that tooth and nail," he said.

It has been a campaign largely of attack ads, but that will change Thursday night when the two square off in a debate.

That debate is Thursday, October 28th at 6 p.m. on WAFB. 9 News' Greg Meriwether will be among the panel of journalists asking questions of both candidates.

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