At a gubernatorial forum conducted on the campus of Southern University on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Republican candidate U. S. Sen. David Vitter forcefully defended his ad’s use of the word “thug” in one of his campaign commercials entailing crime in Louisiana. Contrary to the forum moderator’s opinion, Vitter insisted the word “thug” is not synonymous with the word “n—–” (a word the moderator used in full). Sen. Vitter’s opponent, State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, declined to attend the forum:
Sen. Vitter strongly defends use of the
word “thug” in his campaign ad and denies it
equates to him using the “n-word.”
Gubernatorial forum at Southern
University in its entirety.
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