O'Donnell Blanks on Court Cases in Debate

And brushes off old comments; rival Chris Coons says they still matter
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2010 8:08 PM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2010 7:59 AM CDT

It's like deja vu all over again: The question that tripped up Sarah Palin two years ago stumped Christine O'Donnell as well. Squaring off against Democrat Chris Coons in a nationally televised debate, O'Donnell was asked which recent Supreme Court opinions she disagreed with. After stumbling for a moment (and saying, "Um, give me a specific one"), she replied, "Um, I'm very sorry, right off the top of my head, I know that there are a lot, but I'll put it up on my website, I promise you."

O'Donnell also dismissed comments she's made over the years on religious and social issues such as evolution, sexual abstinence, and homosexuality, saying they're not relevant to the campaign. She refused to say if she still believes evolution is a myth, as she has said in the past. Coons argued that O'Donnell owes voters an explanation. He said her remarks are directly related to how she would serve in the Senate, citing Supreme Court nominations as an example of where they might come into play. One light moment was provided by O'Donnell, who chided Coons: "You're just jealous you were not on Saturday Night Live." (Read more Christine O'Donnell stories.)

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