October 14th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
10 years ago

White House Dispatch: Delaware matters

Washington (CNN) –The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is leading by double digits in Delaware, but that isn't stopping President Obama and Vice President Biden from stumping for Chris Coons on Friday.

Delaware's senatorial battle has gained national attention, and a debate between Coons and the Republican challenger Christine O'Donnell was broadcast live on CNN Wednesday night.

Some have wondered why this race matters? And why the President is devoting time and effort to a contest that isn't even close?

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the race is "very important," evidenced by "a national news network hosting...a debate on its airwaves about it."

With control of the House and Senate in the balance during the upcoming midterm elections, Gibbs said "we understand that every vote and every race is important."

It also doesn't hurt that Vice President Biden is from Delaware. "Obviously this one's sort of near and dear to the Vice President," Gibbs said.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Kim

    No one wants an idiot like Christine O'Donnell and her fellow teabaggers representing them, that's why it matters.

    October 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. stufthis

    O'Donnell was quite a hoot last night. She showed she is clearly not ready for prime time, but had her six talking points down pretty well. Too bad she used them when they had nothing to do with the question that was asked. I wonder if she picked up a lot of undecided votes last night.

    October 14, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. gt

    he has a sure winner in delaware... show american how you can rally the troops....say in ..ohhhh .. south carolina,,, that would really show how good you are ....

    October 14, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Haren

    She is good debater but her view are far more radical and lunatic for a senate candidate.
    Problem with all Moderate republican candidates, who are afraid to loose campaign money to vote for any bill against the will of their leader.
    That's why this is the big problem to pass any bill with bipartisan support.

    October 14, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. The Unsub

    go president obama!

    October 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Chipster

    Every single race matters to those of us who don't want to see Medicare, Social Security, and the VA dismantled and turned over to some Halliburton subsidiary. It's also important if you don't want your life dictated to you by a group of religious zealots who think they have a direct line to God, despite their own outrageous personal behavior. Republicans want to bankrupt the government so that social programs (college tuition programs, head start, etc) cannot be funded. People want services, education, decent highways, safe food and drugs – so vote for Democrats!

    October 14, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    What was disappointing to me was how Coons needed Wolf Blitzer's help to argue on his behalf and Coons pretty much left it up to Wolf to take out O'Donnell for him which makes me wonder if this is a glimpse of the kind of a Senator he'll be using others to fight his battles. Wish I would have seen more of Coons persona, character, at least O'Donnell fought Wolf.

    October 14, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. stufit

    I see more of those tolerant liberals taking this opportunity to demean and degrade O'Donnell and spreading more of their lies.
    "Republicans want to bankrupt the goverment......." Wake up idiot, Obama already has bankrupted teh government. If people want service, tell them to get of the drugs, get a job and stope watching Oprah. Education? Half my property taxes and more than half of my state taxes go for "education" and all I see coming out of the NEA controlled factory are a bunch of idiots, listening to hip hop and not working because they have no skills, and the NEA whining about how the state of Wisconsin is trying to cut their VIagara.

    October 14, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    If Coons wins maybe he can take Wolf Blitzer with him to D.C., Wolf definitely has a lot of guts which Coons showed he lacks, now I see why president Obama and v/p Biden are having to rescue him against O'Donnell. Coons probably will sit back and let his staff do his job.

    October 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. BOB BOYD

    Coons was so totally arrogant that he was disgusting to watch.

    My real gripe was the tag-team aspect of Wolfe Blitzer's questioning - softballs to Coons with no followups and many hard questions with followups to O'Donnell. I know that the small audience CNN has left are a bunch of lefties so Blitzers unfair grilling of O'Donnell was red meat to the CNN-crowd, but has he lost all jounalistic standards - I guess so.

    October 14, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Yup. Deleware matters. Even if Christine O'Donnell doesnt.

    October 14, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. barry

    The real story is Obama fears the Tea Party so they have to continue to spend money in Delaware. Instead of mocking and making fun of the Tea Party people who are American citizens they should have just ignored them. By mocking and making fun of them the Democrats gave the Tea Party power and creditability. Obama did the same thing with Boehner, he made him a house hold name and someone who could be a threat down the road. If Obama and the Media would have ignored the Tea Party it would have fizzled out quickly, by attacking Americans other Americans began to defend them that didn't necessarily share the majority of their views. Democrats made the Tea Party as big as it is today. It wasn't the Republicans they won't say it out loud but the majority of Americans wish the Tea Party would go away.

    October 14, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Delaware should matter to all Americans because it is becoming more and more apparent that some of these candidates need an I.Q. test as well as a mental evaluation. It's scary.

    October 14, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Monster Zero

    Yeah if you don't want to see Medicare and Social Security dismantled and continue on their merry way to bankruptcy then by all means vote Democrat. Heaven forbid that Republicans might just initiate the massive cuts and reforms to the programs that would actually make them sustainable for the sole benefit of those that paid into them. Think of the tax dollars spent fending off and providing for 20 million illegals that are sucking up our social services, tax dollars that are taken out of the social security fund to fund their anchor babies, WIC checks and pay for their gang related criminal activity, think of the tax dollars wasted on the lifer entitled ones that have NEVER paid anything into the system yet are being taken care of for life on YOUR tax dollars. You wanna see why Medicare and Medicaid wont work, go to a Wal Mart, McDonalds or Emergency room!

    October 14, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. George of the jungle

    I wish the rest of the country would wake up and take a second look at the looney tunes the repos are holding up for public office. Get wise people these idiots can't manage their own lives how can they run a country. I guess thwy will get back with you for any answers. Watch on twitter while they go find some. Vote the repos out go forwad not backwards.

    October 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Johnny G

    I think Wolf Blitzer should be ashamed of his outright Partisan conduct as moderator of the debate last night. It was like Wolf was Coons campaign manager. I know that most media reporters are left wing liberals but Wolf left no doubt where he stands. Why didn't Wolf ask a similar dumb question of Coons and then get in his face like he did O'Donnell? This was an ambush, three against one and I hope it backfires on Blitzer and his fellow Democrats.

    October 14, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |