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Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Lieutenant Governor candidates Melvin "Kip" Holden, left answers question with Billy Nungesser at the candidate forum held at Southern University on Wednesday, November 11.

So what do the candidates for lieutenant governor think about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order to keep Syrian refugees from settling in Louisiana?

Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, the Democratic candidate, and former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, the Republican contender, took different approaches at a Press Club of Baton Rouge meeting Monday.

Nungesser embraced the idea of banning the refugees, while Holden said there should be a more comprehensive policy among the states.

Holden said foreign policy is not the role of the lieutenant governor.

Then, Holden added, “the policies that are implemented need to be made in such a way where we have some….. agreement to follow the same protocol for letting people in.”

The National Governors’ Association should weigh in, he said. “If we are going to do this haphazardly we are going to have mass confusion,” Holden said.

Nungesser said Louisiana is a welcoming state.

“But our first responsibility is to protect our people,” Nungesser said. “If there’s any chance we would be accepting people who could cause harm, I absolutely support keeping those people out.”