October 13th, 2010
09:51 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell, Coons stage feisty debate in Delaware

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.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
October 13th, 2010
05:09 PM ET
4 years ago

On the ground at the Delaware debate

Ahead of tonight's Delaware Senate debate, supporters lined up for Republican Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons. CNN's lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will co-anchor the debate at 7:30 p.m. ET on CNN.


Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • CNN Debate • Delaware
October 13th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
4 years ago

All eyes on showdown between O'Donnell and Coons

Newark, Delaware (CNN) – "I am not a witch."

Those are usually not the first words spoken by a political candidate in their first general election campaign commercial. But this year's battle to fill the Senate seat in Delaware held for nearly four decades by Vice President Joe Biden is anything but usual, which is why Wednesday's night debate between Republican Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons, the first showdown between the two candidates, should be 'must see TV' for anyone with even a remote interest in politics.

O'Donnell scored a major upset last month when she defeated Rep. Mike Castle to win Delaware's GOP Senate nomination. Thanks to support from the Tea Party Express, a major endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as well as the strong anti-establishment and anti-incumbent feelings among voters this year, O'Donnell topped Castle, a moderate Republican who's served nine terms in the House as the state's sole congressman, as well as eight years as governor prior to heading to Congress.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell
October 7th, 2010
05:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama and Biden to help out Coons

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are heading to Delaware next week to try and keep Biden's old Senate seat in Democratic party hands.

Obama and Biden will team up with New Castle County executive Chris Coons, the party's Senate nominee at a fundraiser in Wilmington on Friday, October 15, according to the Coons campaign. Next week's trip will be Biden's third visit to his home state to help Coon's bid.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Delaware • Joe Biden • President Obama
October 7th, 2010
11:46 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell complains of 'character assassination'

Newark, Delaware (CNN) – Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is asking voters to give her a second look. At a candidate forum sponsored by a group of local Republicans, O'Donnell blamed her campaign's recent troubles on unfair coverage in the "liberal media."

"I've put my name on the line. And I've taken a lot of hits ... a lot of character assassination," O'Donnell said.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
October 6th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell far behind, new polls say

(CNN) – One week before a Delaware Senate debate co-moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, two new polls indicate Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons has a large lead over Republican counterpart Christine O'Donnell in the battle to win the seat held for nearly four decades by Vice President Joe Biden.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey released Wednesday indicates that 53 percent of likely voters in Delaware are supporting Coons, with 36 percent backing O'Donnell.
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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Polls
October 5th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Coons hits back at O'Donnell campaign ad

(CNN) –Chris Coons, the Delaware Democratic Senate candidate, has launched a website response to Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell's first general election ad where she says "I am you."

The website features a picture of O'Donnell from her ad and the words "Tell Christine O'Donnell 'You are not me.'"
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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
September 22nd, 2010
04:26 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN/Time poll: Coons up 16 over O'Donnell

(CNN) – A new poll suggests that Delaware Republicans might have blown their chance to win back a Senate seat long held the by the Democrats.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 55 percent of likely voters in Delaware say that they are backing Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons, with 39 percent saying they support GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell. Among the wider pool of registered voters, Coons' leads O'Donnell by 25 points.

Last week O'Donnell upset longtime moderate Republican Rep. and former Gov. Mike Castle in the state's primary. O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who launched unsuccessful Senate bids in 2006 and 2008, was supported and helped by Tea Party activists and by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell • CNN Polls • Delaware
September 21st, 2010
07:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Witchcraft and Marxism in Delaware

(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."

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Coons • Christine O'Donnell
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
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