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Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons debate: Socialism

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Democrat Chris Coons was asked about an essay, from his youth, in which he touted socialism and even described himself as a socialist.

Critics, including Republican Christine O’Donnell, have suggested it shows his views on government. She made the charge in the debate.

Coons said the allegation was not true.

The essay, he said, was a joke -– written when he was graduating from college. Anyone reading the essay would see it was a joke, he said.

Coons, who is balding, got one of the bigger laughs of the evening when he alluded to his head, saying, “I have always been a clean-shaven capitalist.”

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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