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Christine O'Donnell - Chris Coons debate: Supreme Court decisions you don't like [Updated]

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Christine O'Donnell is apologetic when asked if there are any recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions with which she disagrees.

She says she was unable to think of one and said: "I'll put it up on my website, I promise you."

Blitzer tries to help: "You disagree with Roe v. Wade."

That's not a recent decision, O'Donnell points out. Also, she adds, overturning Roe "would not make abortion illegal, it would put the power back to the states."

She added that she disagreed with some recent decisions about "pornography, to federal court decisions to give terrorists Miranda rights." She also said she takes issue with a U.S. District Court decision overturning the federal government's "don't ask, don't tell" military policy.

Coons said that the Citizens United case, which they had discussed just moments earlier, was one he disagreed with. The campaign finance decision, he said, "takes a logical extension in the law to a ridiculous extreme." In terms of political contributions, the free speech rights of corprations don't equal the free speech rights of "living breathing citizens."

[Corrected at 6:22 p.m.: We originally wrote that the California Supreme Court overturned the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips made that decision.]

-- Robin Abcarian

Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

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Was Coons given the questions before the debate. He said "Coons said that the Citizens United case, which they had discussed just moments earlier".


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