Nathan Stubbs

Congressional candidates face off tonight

by Nathan Stubbs

Tonight will be the first opportunity many voters in southwest Louisiana will have to see the 7th District Congressional candidates square off face to face. KATC TV3 will be airing the debate live at 7 p.m. All three candidates - Two-term incumbent Republican Charles Boustany, Democratic state Sen. Don Cravins Jr. and Eunice businessman and U.S. Constitution Party candidate Peter Vidrine - will be participating. KATC anchor Hoyt Harris is moderating. The event is the second of three scheduled forums between the candidates and the first to be televised. A debate next Wednesday in Lake Charles will air on KPLC. With less than two weeks to go until election day, the stakes are high for the candidates to begin making their final case to voters. The hour-long event is being held on the UL Lafayette campus at the Bayou Bijou Theatre in the University Student Center and is open to the public.

Tonight also is the third and final debate between U.S. Senate candidates Mary Landrieu and John Kennedy. That debate also airs at 7 p.m. on KLFY TV 10 and KPLC channel 7.