Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell said he and Republican President-elect Donald Trump agree on a lot of issues – both are for term limits and against international trade agreements.
But one thing Campbell said he would oppose if he wins the Dec. 10 runoff is approving former Gov. Bobby Jindal for an appointment in Trump’s government.
“I’m not going up to Washington just to vote down the line with the Democrats and I’m not going up there to tip toe and vote right down the line with the Republicans,” Campbell told the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday afternoon. “If he tries to appoint Bobby Jindal to a cabinet position, there’s no way Foster Campbell could ever be for that … Bobby Jindal bankrupted our state and John Kennedy signed the checks.”
For Kennedy's part, the Republican candidate to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter said he hasn't thought about the future of the former governor who he frequently clashed with over the past four years.
“I’m only thinking about my own campaign,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy called Campbell “a liberal” who supported Hillary Clinton while identifying himself as a conservative who supports Trump.
Kennedy and Campbell aren’t going to debate or even appear together during the last 12 days of the year-long campaign. They both addressed separate audiences on Monday.
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Regardless of how Campbell feels about the president-elect, the Trump camp is backing Kennedy.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be in Louisiana this weekend to campaign for Kennedy. Details were still being finalized Monday night, but a "get out the vote" rally is being planned at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Saturday around noon. GOP statewide officials – Gov. John Bel Edwards is the only Democrat elected statewide and he backs Campbell – are expected to attend along with Republican congressman.
A separate fundraiser is also being planned.
Meanwhile, a political action committee backing Campbell will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday featuring Edwards, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Kennedy spoke to a group of 25 supporters at his campaign office in Metairie late Monday, urging them to not let up even though polls show him heavily favored to win the race.
“Forget about the polls,” Kennedy said. “Forget about the experts. We want everyone to understand there is a U.S. Senate election.”
Joining Kennedy was U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker from Mississippi, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which wants to make sure that Kennedy becomes the 52nd Republican senator.
Wicker said that having Kennedy would add an extra “cushion” in case some Republican senators don’t support the party leadership on controversial votes.
Kennedy said voters face a simple choice. “You either believe that America is better off than eight years ago or you don’t,” he said, adding that he doesn’t.
Kennedy was invited to address the Press Club Monday, but his campaign refused saying the candidate had scheduling conflict. Campbell said Kennedy was scared to meet him.
Polls and experts say Kennedy is the odds on favorite to win the runoff and become Louisiana's junior senator in Washington.
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Both candidates have long records of public service.
Kennedy, a lawyer by trade, has been state treasurer since 2000. Campbell, a farmer and insurance agent, was in the state Senate for 26 years and has been on Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities, phone companies and trucking firms, since 2003.
Campbell kept bringing up Kennedy’s liberal stances – he supported Democrat John Kerry for president – during the years before 2007 when the treasurer switched to the Republican Party.
“When people find out that John Kennedy flip flops, that he’s been on every side, that he takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wall Street, they’ll come to me,” Campbell told an audience of about 40, mostly reporters, earlier in the day. “I’m a populist and proud of it … There’s a difference between John Kennedy and I. I don’t wear a thousand dollar suit to walk down a gravel road. He does.”
Campbell was referring to way Kennedy generally ends his campaign commercials.
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