U.S. Senate candidates talk views on minimum wage, coastal erosion

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Minimum wage, coastal erosion, and building better roads are at the top of a long list of problems for the two candidates running for U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Senate race in Louisiana has come down to the two candidates who are least like the other, and state Treasurer John Kennedy and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell have no problem admitting it.

"It's the difference between gumbo and grits. He's a liberal Democrat. I'm a conservative Republican. He supported Secretary Clinton. I supported Mr. Trump," Kennedy said.

"I've worked with Mike Foster and other Republican governors. When they're right, I will be with them, and when they're wrong, I'll be against them. It's that easy," Campbell said.

As for the issues before them, Foster said he plans to keep fighting to increase minimum wage first and foremost.

"It's good for the economy. When people have money in their pockets, they can spend it. When they don't have money in their pockets, they can't spend it," Campbell said.

Kennedy said he would rather generate the money by cutting taxes for the middle class and small business so that they can invest and create jobs.

"I'm not going to support putting another government mandate on the backs of our business men and women in this state when they are struggling to survive," Kennedy said.

As for Louisiana's eroding coastline, Campbell said he wants oil companies that are already providing jobs to stay in the state.

"But I think if we know scientifically they have caused 20 percent of the damage to our coast, that's what they ought to pay," Campbell said.

"A great deal of money will be coming into our state through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which will give us a fair share of oil and gas royalties, and through the Restore Act, which gives us some BP money. Here's our opportunity to show what we can do," Kennedy said.

Both candidates have until the runoff on December 10 to convince voters they have what it takes to get the job done.

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