La. candidates offer general election preview

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Senate candidate Charlie Melancon previewed his general election message in his victory speech after winning the Democratic nomination Saturday night. 

"David Vitter is hostile to women — in his actions and his record," Melancon said, while surrounded by his wife, daughter and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). "Putting a violent domestic abuser in charge of women’s issues in his office, voting against equal pay, mandatory mammograms and trying to block protection for women sexually assaulted on the job. And against women nominees for federal positions.

"We deserve a senator who stands up and respects women."

Vitter, meanwhile, will continue to frame the race as a choice between him and President Obama's policies.

"On November 2, Louisiana voters will get to choose between the current Obama policies of 
endless bailouts, failed stimulus, massive debt, and government-dominated health care, represented by Charlie Melancon, or the common sense conservative alternatives I've been advocating," he said in a statement.

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Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) celebrates his Senate primary win Aug. 28 in New Orleans with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and his wife, Peachy.