On Friday, the Louisiana League of Women Voters of Baton Rouge hosted one hell of a debate for the lieutenant governor’s race. Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, the hometown favorite and Republican contender, faced off against political novice Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans Democrat.

While the candidates were allowed to address each other — there were quite a few zingers — a panel of journalists also leaned on Dardenne and Fayard, including in rounds of rapid-fire questions. Here’s a look at the candidates’ just-as-rapid questions.

Q.) If you lose, will you run again?
J.D.) “If I lose, I’ll run for (re-election as) secretary of state next year.”
C.F.) “It depends on the mood of the state.”

Q.) If you could change one thing about politics, what would it be?
J.D.) “The failure of government to do everything for everybody.”
C.F.) “I would change the partisan nature of politics.”

Q.) What would you say about the federal health care overhaul?
J.D.) “It’s a disaster.”
C.F.) “It’s a net positive for Louisiana.”

Q.) Do you think global warming should be a serious concern for Louisiana?
J.D.) “I think it’s an issue that’s important not only for the state, but everywhere.”
C.F.) “Yes. It’s something we need to put our attention to.”

Q.) How would you grade Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Performance?
J.D.) “B+.”
C.F.) “B.”

Q.) How would you grade President Barack Obama’s performance?
J.D.) “F.”
C.F.) “B+.”

Q.) Which current congressman best represents Louisiana?
J.D.) “My congressman, (Baton Rouge Republican) Bill Cassidy.”
C.F.) “Rep. Charlie Melancon, a Democrat form Napoleonville.”

Q.) Who is one of your favorite Louisiana politicians from years gone by?
J.D.) “Former Congressman Henson Moore of Baton Rouge, who, from 1975 to 1987,  was only the second Republican to represent Louisiana in the U.S. House since Reconstruction.”  
C.F.) “Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux, a Democrat from Crowley.”

Q.) Would you be in favor of a pardon for former Gov. Edwin Edwards?
J.D.) “No.”
C.F.) “I would defer to the board of pardons.”

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