Political debates are for the most part very interesting for the voter who has not completely made up their mind on who they are voting for. Over the last couple of years, there have been several debates held on the UL campus for local and state wide political races. This past Wednesday, UL officials were ready to host another one but had to cancell the debate scheduled for this coming Monday between U.S. Congressmen Charles Boustany of Lafayette and Jeff Landry of New Iberia. What happened? did someone back out? now,you have the two candidates giving their own reason for the cancellation and not debating this Monday at Angelle Hall on the UL campus. We were not able to get Charles Boustany on camera but got this statement from the Boustany camp, (quote) " The debate was canceled by the host of UL Lafayette, not because congressman Boustany pulled out but because he did not pull out.
The host made the decision to cancel the debate because they realized the Boustany campagin had been left out of the planning discussion for the past three weeks. Over the course of the 19 days, substantial changes were made. It is really that simple. Congressman Boustany is not afraid to debate anyone, this is a ridiculous suggestion end quote. Fox 15 was able to speak with Congressman Jeff Landry and here is what he told us when we asked Landry about not having the debate this Monday.
Fox 15 recently learned that UL has accepted the blame for the communication breakdown with the candidates regarding the postponment of the Monday debate.
The univeristy is still trying to put the debate back on the calendar.