La. candidates for US Senate seat face off in forum

La. candidates for US Senate seat face off in forum
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The race for one of Louisiana's U.S. Senate seats is already shaping up to be a tight contest as three of the main challengers answered questions posed by the small business community in Baton Rouge Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. John Fleming, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany and state Treasurer John Kennedy participated in a candidate forum hosted by the Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. All three of the candidates are Republicans.

Kennedy said while he is personally friends with his challengers, he thinks their time in Washington is part of an overall problem.

"You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out," Kennedy said. "I think that's what this election is all about. This is an extraordinary country. The people who founded this country are geniuses but there are times I look around and the country is being run by a bunch of idiots."

Boustany defended his record in Washington saying he has had to make tough decision and be stern.

"President George W. Bush was trying to intimidate me years ago in my very first year in office when I was probably going to be most impressionable," Boustany said. "I told him I couldn't support it because it was contrary to the interest of the people of Louisiana. When you go to the Congress you've got to be tough, you got to be decisive."

Fleming told the group that people in Washington are often the problem.

"People often ask me which party is the party of big government, and my answer is both parties are the parties of big government," Fleming said. "They only fight over who's in charge."

Foster Campbell, another leading candidate, was unable to attend the forum because of a prior commitment.

The election will be held along several others, including the presidential election, on November 8.

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