The Louisiana AARP is holding a governor’s forum today in Baton Rouge but US Senator David Vitter is the one major candidate out of the four that will not attend. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says the closer we get to the election, the more important it is for all the candidates to attend forums.
"You can expect his opponents will take advantage of that and mention that, in their words, he's skipping or ducking the forum and it's really up to the voters to decide."
Dubos says Vitter is missing the chance to talk to likely voters because this particular forum is aimed at senior citizens, who are the most chronic voters in the country. He says although Vitter is in the lead, that doesn't mean he'll stay the front-runner.
"I think it's getting to a danger zone for him because even though he has as much money or more than all of his opponents combined, his early lead in the polls has slipped."
The State Troopers Association is hosting a forum on Saturday and all four candidates are expected to attend. Dubos says he won't be surprised if Angelle, Dardenne and Edwards use Vitter's absences to their advantage.
"He leaves himself open to some sort of criticism and it depends on his opponents what kind of criticism it will be, if any."