Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from the LA Times

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons debate: Coons opens

October 13, 2010 |  4:39 pm


Wolf Blitzer of CNN and co-moderator Nancy Karibjanian, anchor of WHYY-TV's nightly news and information program, welcome the candidates to the University of Delaware. The first hour will be a Q & A. The second part will involve questions from students. Blitzer asks for no applause during the debate. A coin toss determined the order of evening.

Two-minute opening statements will be made in the much-anticipated first and only debate to fill Vice President Joe Biden's longtime Senate seat.

"There is a great deal at stake in this election," says Coons, reading from a written statement. He decries the partisan gridlock in Washington. Christine O'Donnell wants to go backward, he says, and has "extreme positions."

Coons says he knows how to work with colleagues to spur job growth.

"I take seriously the idea that this campaign is a job interview," said Coons, and the debate is the best way for voters to take his measure.


Coons discusses jobs

O'Donnell discusses national debt

Coons, O'Donnell and the 'culture of dependency'

-- Robin Abcarian  

Click here for Twitter alerts of each new Ticket item. Or follow us @latimestot. Our Facebook Like page is over here. Also available on Kindle now.

Photo: Tim Shaffer / Reuters