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Final Gubernatorial debate before the primary

Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 06:41:34-04

The three front runners vying to be Louisiana's next governor are now completely focused on election day.

Wednesday, October 9 was the last debate before the primary election on Saturday. To watch the full debate, scroll down.

Ralph Abraham, Eddie Rispone and John Bel Edwards participated in the final debate which aired here on KATC.

The candidates tackled questions about the economy, medicaid, education and taxes. Each candidate also had the opportunity to ask their opponents questions. Those questions focused on attack ads, records and their allegiance to President Trump.

The final gubernatorial debate did not hold back. Off the top, Governor Edwards was forced to address hiring a staffer with documented allegations of sexual harassment and a settlement which was paid out.

Edwards said, "He resigned because we told him to resign in that meeting or he would be fired at its conclusion. I then turned my sights to sexual harassment policies throughout the State of Louisiana to make sure we strengthened them and made them uniform."

In this race, President Trump is calling on republicans to vote for anyone but Edwards. Trump has not endorsed either Ralph Abraham or Eddie Rispone.

Faith and family values has been a big part of Rispone's campaign, but he would not weigh in on Trump's behavior on a moral basis.

Rispone said, "My faith is very important to me and I'm going to follow my faith. That's what I do. I'm not judging anyone else on how they do things. He was hired to run this country and to make us great again and he's doing that."

Edwards compared Abraham to former Governor Bobby Jindal and criticized him about the number of votes he missed in Congress. Rispone pressed Abraham about his salary asking if he truly donated it to charity.

Abraham said, "You know that's a lie. I donated my salary. I still donate it. Diane and I will give six figures to charity this year. We don't carry a camera behind us, but we do this because we want to and we care."

Watch the debate here courtesy of KALB

Polls open Saturday morning at 7:00 and close at 8:00 that evening.