September 21st, 2010
05:07 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN to broadcast Delaware Senate debate Oct. 13

Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell have accepted an invitation to debate on October 13.
Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell have accepted an invitation to debate on October 13.

(CNN) - Delaware Senate candidates Christine O'Donnell (R) and Chris Coons (D) have accepted an invitation to participate in a debate on October 13.

The 90-minute debate will be anchored by CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and longtime Delaware public television anchor Nancy Karibjanian.

CNN will televise the debate, which will take place at the University of Delaware.

O'Donnell and Coons are running for the Delaware Senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden.


Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Daniel Schlafer

    Sure was glad to learn that CNN will broadcast and Wolf Blitzer will moderate the Coons – O'Donnell Delaware senate debate on October 13 . Blitzer is an honest old-school reporter and interviewer . He is not the news , just the reporter or moderator . I think Christine O'Donnell's style for making outlandish statements and wink may prove disgusting to even the most reactionary Tea Party Express member . Did the Tea Party know that O'Donnell has been rejected twice by Delaware voters and will probably be skunked by the county executive of Delaware's largest county ? She is still very proud of having what she thinks about winning 2 of 3 of the Delaware counties when she opposed Joe Biden . This information has been proven to be not true .

    September 21, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Patrick from Minnesota

    I'd be glad to talk Marxism with all of you once you get an accurate perspective of what Marxism is. Personally, I'd much rather be a Marxist than a fascist.

    September 21, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Massachusetts Conservative

    Not a big fan of O'Donnell's, but...can you say the "lesser of 2 evils?" Let's face it...O'Donnell is clearly ultra-conservative...especially on social issues. But those social issues aren't going to be challenged in the next 6 years (ie. abortion, NATIONAL gay marriage, etc...it would be political suicide for the Republicans to try to make these an agenda item right now) Coons is an admitted Marxist...and a proud one at that! You think Socialists want to re-distribute wealth? Hold on to your wallet if this guy is elected! What we need right now is an economically conservative legislature to control spending and create jobs. It's that simple. As much as I dislike her far-right social values, we need a fiscal conservative...not a Marxist.

    September 21, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. oracle

    Coons is a self-described Marxist! Please Delawarians, I know you're mostly Democrats, but don't just be plain STUPID and vote for Harry Reid's "pet" commie.

    September 21, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah.. Right... Any port in a storm, right barry? Now the liberals and CNN are against OddDonnell because she's a woman. It couldn't be that she's seemingly incompetent based on what she has said.

    You're truly full of it... And a political hack- Party first, eh barry?

    September 21, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. jeff, alabama

    Now let's see... why does CNN want to do this particular
    debate.
    OH....YEAH.......They can make a marxist look smart against
    a less than scholarly opponent.
    What was I thinking ?
    Why don't you guys stay out of politics this election and
    just report the news...FACTUALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. shell

    i bet you not one republican can explain marxism. Coons never called himself a marxist by the way. idiots

    September 21, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Bob

    You know what is crazy...CNN televising this debate. Obviously looking for a quick ratings buzz. Might as well televise Koran burnings or ballon boy. Good reporting Wolf! Duh!

    September 21, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. onlysanetexanleft

    I'm sure she will back out on Oct 13th, I just heard that she's going on Hannity tonight. Who needs to debate your opponent when you can sit across from Hannity for 40 minutes and answer questions like "Do you like kittens or puppies better and "Dont you think Obama is evil?" So she was too busy for big time Sunday morning news shows, in too big a hurry to answer questions from CNN last night from GAry Tuckman on AC360, but she has all the time in the world to go on Hannity. I wonder will he have her campaign website address on the screen the whole time so people can send in donations.

    September 21, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. KC

    This should be most entertaining. O'Donnell will just do what Palin does, NOT answer the questions just ramble on...

    September 21, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Donnatella

    You can always tell the people that look at Fox News because they all use that Marxist talking point, it doesn't matter that this little devil worshiping witch has stole money, had sex with satantists on alters, had her mamma on the payroll, could not even pay her rent and that want this idiot to represent them. I am so glad I don't live in Delaware.

    September 21, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Rachel

    Will she be allowed to pen notes on her palms?

    September 21, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Common Cents

    She's "LOONEY" and his last name is "COONS"...I guess we can call this debate "THE LOONEY COONS" show!!!!

    September 21, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. Mikey

    While O'Donnell is crazy as a loon, she can at least string two coherent thoughts together with complete sentences, unlike Sharon Angle and Jan Brewer. All these Tea Party candidates should engage in debates – O'Donnell, Brewer, Angle, Paul, Bachmann, Palladino, etc. If they refuse to debate, it means they are afraid they will expose themselves as either dim and inarticulate or way too wacky for prime time, or more likely, both. No one should vote for any major candidate who refuses to put themselves out there for scrutiny.

    I think we will be sorry if we put this bunch of rejects in office, especially in the Senate, where we will be stuck with them for six years.

    September 21, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. Len

    Wolf will only ask softball questions and not push the non answer. My guess is that O'Donnell will back out do to previous engagements.

    September 21, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "It goes to show how far left our country have become."

    Just goes to show how uneducated our country HAS become.

    September 21, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. billy

    Beyond her inane comments and background, what exactly makes O'Donnell qualified to be a US Senator? Education? No. Experience? No. Intelligence? No. Ethical? No.

    Beyond being a complete nut, she is just a plain, poor choice.

    September 21, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. LYNETTE IN CA

    I'm thinking from reading these comments that Barry shouldn't make them anymore! LOL Way to throw yourself under the bus and have it back up and run over you again. You'll learn! LOL SWEET!

    Honestly, I think this whole the repugs are going to take over the house and senate is just wishful thinking. November can't come soon enough.

    September 21, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Steve

    I'll watch the debate, but only to see if O'Donnel's talking points are written on the palm of her hand.

    September 21, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Steve from Delaware

    Coons called himself a bearded Marxist in a title or an article he wrote. If you had actually read the article, you would know that the title was meant to be funny and ironic, poking fun at his formerly republican self's idea that people who question current structures are "pinkos" or whatnot.

    Do you not understand a satirical title when you see one? I mean, sure, the man is no doubt a Democrat, but he isn't even all that liberal of a democrat. Hes quite moderate.

    September 21, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Tom from Ohio

    90 minutes? I doubt it. This should be over quicker than a Tyson fight!

    September 21, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. johnRJ08

    This is a mistake. Coons should not debate her and elevate her to his level. She will disqualify herself with her own mouth and history of craziness.

    September 21, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Dave

    This looks stacked against O'Donnell. Wolf and the Public tv anchor? They won't put Coon's on the spot.

    September 21, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. David Reston, VA

    Go Christine, I donated to her campaign and I hope she wins! We don't need anymore Obamabots like Coons in the Senate.

    September 21, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. jim

    Chris Coons wants cap and trade legislation enacted. If he were already Senator he would have voted for tarp, stimulus,the unpopular heathcare bill and anything else that Obama wanted.

    September 21, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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