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Rachel Maddow Interviews Dems' Last Hope For Senate: Louisiana's Foster Campbell

Foster Campbell is the Democratic candidate in a run-off election in December...
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Foster Campbell is running as a Democrat for the US Senate in Louisana. The election has resulted in a run-off vote that will be held in December. Rachel Maddow interviewed him on Thursday.

RACHEL MADDOW: Louisiana voted on election night across the nation. Louisiana voted in their jungle primary. And in that Senate race in Louisiana, none of the 23 people who were running got a majority and won the seat. So now what happens next is the top two finishers, regardless of party, they go to a runoff that happens three weeks from now. I should tell you, happily, David Duke was not in the top two, nowhere near. He's now gone back to his regular life of being a full-time fan boy for Donald Trump, celebrating his victory as a coup for White supremacy. But the Louisiana Senate race continues without him. The runoff election takes place in Louisiana on December 10th. There's so much at stake here. Right? This is how the Senate looks now. Right now it's 48 Democrats and Senate horseshoe, pretty even. 51 Republicans. Democrats picked up two seats last week, but Republicans retained control of the Senate narrowly. You can see the one clear dot there that's not filled in, that's what we're talking about tonight. That's Louisiana. If a Republican wins that, that would make the difference 48-52, it's a four-seat difference, Republicans would have a fairly firm grip on that chamber, but if a Democrat would win, that would make the difference between the Democrats and Republicans only two. That is a gap Democrats can work with. That is a gap that stuff might happen. You know, winning this Louisiana Senate seat could mean a world of difference for Democrats trying to stop the Trump agenda, as the best website in the world, Wonkette.com, put it today,

"if a Democrat won that seat, it means it wouldn't be as much of a stretch to try to form majority coalitions with Republican senators who are occasionally decent on specific issues, like John McCain with Russia or Rand Paul opposing Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton for Secretary of State. If 49 Democrats can pull a John McCain or a Susan Collins across the aisle to oppose Trump in erecting a statue of Vladimir Putin on top of the White House, we might at least be able to mitigate some of Trump's damage, which is what we mean.
And I know, I know, Louisiana is a red state. Louisiana went for Donald Trump by 20 points, for Christ's sake, but Louisiana also did elect a Democrat for governor last year. And this Louisiana Senate race, the Republican is the State Treasurer. He's a former Democrat. He unsuccessfully ran in 2004, became a Republican in 2007. Smart money says he is favored to win, but the Democrat is no slouch. He's one-half of the last Senate race in the country right now. And he is carrying the hopes of Democrats not just in Louisiana, and honestly around the nation. "

And his name is Foster Campbell. Joining us now is Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service Commissioner and Democratic candidate for the last U.S. Senate seat at stake in the country. Commissioner, thank you very much for being here. It's nice to see you.

FOSTER CAMPBELL: Thank you so much, I'm down here fighting, running against a guy who's been everything but a Baptist preacher. He's been everything. He's all over the wall. He's been a liberal Democrat, he's been to the right of Newt Gingrich. So every day, you don't know what this guy's going to do. We're fighting hard, we've got a lot of help. The Governor's supporting us, we've had a lot of help from all over the country and I'm glad to be in the fight. Winning. We've got a good chance of we're going to take it to him and talk about his record and talk about my record. I have a record of helping people. I've helped consumers all my life. I wear that badge very proudly. I am for raising the minimum wage. I want to make sure that women have equal pay and I want to do everything I can to help this great state of Louisiana and our country. People will be proud if I'm in the United States Senate. I'll never vote to do anything but help Social Security. And I'll never vote to privatize Medicare. That would be the worst thing that could ever happen. I won't be on their sides there, you can believe that.

MADDOW: Commissioner, you've described your opponent as having been everything but a Baptist preacher, at one point having been a liberal Democrat and now something quite different. For a national audience that's learning about your race for the first time, who's being introduced to you for the first time, how would you describe your own politics? Obviously, you're running statewide in a red state that did just elect a Democratic governor, but also picked Donald Trump by a large margin. How would you describe yourself in terms of how you fit on the ideological number line, if you do?

CAMPBELL: Well, when it comes to people, I'm on their side, when it comes to consumers, I'm on their side. I took on the utility companies and made them reduce their rate of return on their profit. I've been on the side of consumers all my life. So when it comes to consumers, I am to the left of the center. When it comes to money, sometimes I'm very conservative at saving money. I've created the only $1 billion trust fund that's ever been created for schools in Louisiana. So when it makes good sense, I'm with the -- there's an old saying in the South, there's no wrong way to do the right thing. I'm going to do the right thing.

MADDOW: Commissioner, do you feel like you've received sort of adequate support, adequate attention from Democrats in your state, from Democrats around the country. There's a lot of reason, a lot of calls to focus a lot of national attention on your race given the stakes it has nationwide. Do you feel like you're out there on your own or do you feel like you're getting national support?

CAMPBELL: No, no, I don't think I'm on my own. I'm not on my own in Louisiana. The Governor's supporting me. I was in the Louisiana State Senate for 27 years. My friends are supporting me. They know I'll stand up for the people. And the people of the States of America have been great to me. They're helping me raise the money I need to put on this campaign. You know Republicans always have the money. They'll always have the money, because big corporations put up the money. Democrats have a harder time, because usually, Democrats don't have that kind of money to spread around. But we've been getting campaign contributions from all over, places like Wyoming and New York, New Jersey, California. So I am very proud to be in this race and I have a great chance to win. We're going to the wall. We're going on my record or his record. His record is representing the haves, I've represented the have-nots. There's an old verse, what you do for the least of these, you do for me. That's my motto. I'm for businesses, doing right, but not for being greedy.

Foster Campbell, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Louisiana this year. Sir, it's nice to meet you. Thanks for being with us tonight. ...

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