Washington (CNN) - Before Wednesday's Delaware Senate debate, the bulk of what people knew about Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell came from clips from a talk show from the 1990s.
In the month since O'Donnell rocked the political world with her upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary, she's dominated headlines despite avoiding the national media.
Wednesday's debate, co-moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer and longtime Delaware news anchor Nancy Karibjanian, could prove to be make or break for O'Donnell's Senate bid. She and Democrat Chris Coons are vying to fill the seat held for nearly four decades by now-Vice President Joe Biden.
Newark, Delaware (CNN) - A feisty Christine O'Donnell attacked her Democratic opponent but also stumbled in Wednesday's debate with Chris Coons in their election battle for Delaware's U.S. Senate seat held for nearly four decades by Vice President Joe Biden.
O'Donnell, the Tea Party backed candidate who upset the mainstream Republican favorite in the primary, appeared nervous at the start but quickly went on the attack, accusing Coons of raising taxes and offering a "rubber stamp" to Obama administration policies if elected.
8:57 p.m. – Coons can can barely contain his disdain for his opponent.
On reaching across the aisle:
O'Donnell says she had to fight with her party to win the nomination and "in some ways I'm still fighting with my party... My allegiance will be to the voters of Delaware not any special interests."
Coons said he's worked in a bipartisan way.
8:49 p.m. – O’Donnell couldn't answer the same question that stumped Sarah Palin in her interview with Katie Couric — about recent Supreme Court decisions.
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Elusive Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's campaign of running a "fear and smear" campaign in the face of her surging candidacy, in a rare interview Wednesday.
"The message has certainly changed from hope and change to 'fear and smear'," Angle said.
Asked if she could name a recent supreme court case she disagreed with, O'Donnell said "can you give me a specific one?"
She said she couldn't think of any "off the top of my head," but said decisions she disagreed with would be posted on her website.
Coons said he disagreed with the citizens united decision that both candidates had discussed earlier in the debate.