(CNN) - Delaware Senate nominee Chris Coons tried to set the record straight Tuesday in an interview that covered witchcraft, Marxism and Harry Reid.
When asked by CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin if Republican Christine O'Donnell's controversial comments about witchcraft over a decade ago were relevant now, Coons said "I really don't think so."
"My opponent spent more than a decade as a pundit on television so there's lots of clips of her saying things that I'm sure she wished that there weren't files of right now," Coons said.
On Fox News Christine O'Donnell addressed the same comments she made to Bill Maher in 1999, calling her experimentation with witchcraft, "teenage rebellion."
"Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. But who didn't do some questionable things in High School" O'Donnell said."I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher.
Coons and O'Donnell have both defended their pasts recently, a situation Coons called "disappointing."
A college newspaper article written by Coons in which he called himself a "bearded Marxist" drew attention from critics this week. But in an interview that aired on John King, USA, Coons said the article was meant to be, "tongue in cheek."
"I am not now, nor have I ever been a Marxist or an enemy of the people of the United States," Coons said. "What really matters is not what was said in some student newspaper or what was said in some interview 10 or 20 years ago."
Coons also addressed his relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who recently called Coons "my pet."
"I think that was a very unfortunate choice of words on his part," Coons said. "It really doesn't reflect our working relationship or how I would vote if elected to the Senate."
However, Coons said he has talked to Reid several times about his candidacy and received advice and encouragement from him.
Coons and O'Donnell will participate in an debate on October 13 moderated by CNN's lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer and longtime Delaware public television anchor Nancy Karibjanian