October 13th, 2010
08:32 PM ET
8 years ago

Delaware debate live blog: Update #11

On "don't ask, don't tell":

Coons: "I would move swiftly to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell... repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' is an important next step in the Civil Rights movement.'"

O'Donnell: "I don't think Congress should be forcing a social agenda on our military. I think it is for our military to decide."

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Miss Priss

    Gee, they cut into this highly publicized debate to cut to the miner rescue (not that this event isn't important, but waiting several minutes as the capsule comes up and several minutes afterwards and then going to commercials??)..wondering if this is because Ms. O'Donnell was holding her own in the den of lions? Was this was a convenient escape route in case their candidate couldn't win the debate, even with the help of the liberal media on his side?

    October 13, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. carolo43

    I fail to understand all her smirks, smiles and "all knowing" looks when she is obviously so under-educated or ill informed on each and every subject so far.

    October 13, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    What is the lame brain babbling about? The question was "campaign reform" she is yammerin' about first amendment rights!

    October 13, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Edward Wright

    What happen to live on air broadcast of debate? Makes no sense. Why did you take it off. Is anyone in charge over there?

    October 13, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Andy Skeen

    I am shocked at even CNN for the hugely biased questioning on the part of the left. O'Donnell performed wonderfully under the fire of three liberals. Even I am impressed with her.

    October 13, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. ted

    Repealing the don't ask don't tell policy will demoriize our troops and will cause many not to reenlist.

    October 13, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. rob

    I find it very ironic that CNN advertises this debate as the must see of the year then when Chrisitne is beating the pants off if her opponent they without warning give debate up and swictch to something else how biased can you get? I do not live in Delaware but it sure was plain that Christine Oddennll was whipping him and CNN thought so also and stopped the debate what a crock.

    October 13, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. Mark Oleszko

    It is all too obvious why CNN is losing viewers: The one-sided questioning and digging at the Republican candidate is so painfully obvious, while Coons is getting fluff questions and follow-ups, and allowed to get away with his rhetorical statements.
    Keep it up CNN and your ratings will continue to drop. Shame on you all.

    October 13, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. SOMA

    My favorite response to this was back in the 80's from a SF Bay Area LGBTT friendly Tabloid: "Gays have a right to kill too!"
    Why would anyone with an alternative lifestyle would want to join a cold, violent, killing machine?

    October 13, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. ted

    I agree with Ms. O'Donnell's position on this issue.

    October 13, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Angela Dunmore

    Thank you, Mr. Coons! Show how this policy is so similar to the ones who kept people of color, except those of us who could "pass", and those who kept women out of the military for many years. Those past policies were proven wrong and are now known to be narrow-minded and prejudicial. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" might very well be shown to be just as wrong and narrow-minded and prejudicial. It represents the newest form of bigotry.

    October 13, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Dan Stone

    Ms. O'Donnel is out of touch with the military view on the "don't ask, don't tell" issue. The military has already spoken, from General Colin Powell down to enlisted personnel. They are not opposed to the polilcy being changed. As a two tour combat veteran, retired Army officer, and a straight male, I don't see any reason to have that policy any longer.

    October 13, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. stevegee

    Coons is just a lifelong politician who is only interested in furthering his career on the backs of taxpayers. O'Donnell is a true patriot who loves Delaware and this country. She will do what's right (pun intended) and fight for less government, more freedom and liberty. On November 2nd, the people of Delaware have a choice, as do the rest of us in the US: a Democrat who will vote in lockstep for the failed policies of Obama OR a conservative Republican who will work to "change" Washington back to its Constitutional size and scope.

    October 13, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. Joe Grisanti

    Cutting off debate on TV is disgraceful. And I know why. Coontz was loosing, and he being your boy was the reason for doing it. You people thought you had a pigeon in Christine, and now you realize you all made a big mistake! I always thought you had some integrity, Wolf, but I guess you are like the rest of the liberals on your channel. Shame on yoy!!!

    October 13, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Joe Grisanti

    Coontz was losing, and that's what you do. DISGRACEFUL!!!

    October 13, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Mike II

    She kept saying it was military policy. Does she realize that it's a law? I'm not sure she actually realizes that. Can we get her a copy of laws that are currently under discussion so she doesn't appear to be a total moron? Is there a web site taking donations for her mental handicap?

    October 13, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. everett

    This is where O'Donnell is wrong. Congress is not working out of the blue here, Those americans who are against DADT are forcing congress to act on this issue and it seems that the millitary won't decide. If the millitary wont address this then who should?

    October 13, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Robert Long

    CNN does it again, breaks from an important debate to watch a human interest story in Chili enough already its over! how about focusing on our disastrous politics here in the good ole US of A It is just like CNN to go for that feel good segment over a real issue. Thanks for running the whole debat at 11:00 p.m. some of us have to work in the a.m. but miners in Chili are sooo much more important!!!!

    October 14, 2010 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  19. informed voter

    O'Donnell: "I don't think Congress should be forcing a social agenda on our military. I think it is for our military to decide." What she doesn't get is that this is not forcing a social agenda, it is ending a form of discrimination that is unconstitutional.

    October 14, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |