Best part of the debate: Wolf shows himself to be the hack liberal that he is, and O'Donnell kicks his butt.
KARIBJANIAN: All right but let’s go to the issue of faith and politics, because you were a student pastor at Yale. You also said in an interview once that you thought you would either end up a preacher, a professor or a politician. You've occasionally been a guest speaker at some of the churches here in our community, Baptist churches, Presbyterian churches to name a few. So how much of an influence does this faith in your life have on your politics?COONS: Faith is a central part of how my wife and I are raising our three children, of why we decide to do the community service and the outreach that we do but ours is a faith that we think a general motivation towards public service, towards trying to create a community that's more tolerant, inclusive, and just, and towards the sort of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation that we think is the central message of our faith. But I also think, as someone who has been elected ten years, I’ve learned to reach a balance where my private faith, the aspects of my faith that are religious doctrine, don't influence the decisions that I’ve made for the public in my ten years in county office.
So first the liberal ms. journalist who nobody knows goes for the set up.And Wolf goes for the kill
BLITZER: Let’s give you a chance to respond to some of the things she said because in a television appearance back in 1998 on Bill Maher's show you said evolution is a myth. Do you believe evolution is a myth?O’DONNELL: I believe that the local -- I was talking about what a local school taught and that should be taught -- that should be decided on the local community. But please let me respond to what he just said.BLITZER: We’ll let you respond but answer the question. Do you believe evolution is a myth?O’DONNELL: Local schools should make that decision. I made that remark based on --BLITZER: What do you believe?O’DONNELL: What I believe is irrelevant.BLITZER: Why is it irrelevant?O’DONNELL: Because what I would support …BLITZER: Voters want to know.O’DONNELL: What I will support in Washington, D.C. is the ability for the local school system to decide what is taught in their classrooms and what I was talking about on that show was a classroom that was not allowed to teach creationism as an equal theory as evolution. That is against their constitutional rights and that is an overreaching arm of the government.
Wolf: Answer me, Answer me, ANSWER ME. Let ME paint you in the light I want to paint you. Fit MY mold, do not respond in a manner that you want, respond how I want you to respond.O'Donnell handled it well and turned it around on Wolf, so then Wolf decides if he can't hurt her, he can at least help Coons:
O'Donnell: But, please allow me at least the full minute to respond to what he said because he said these statements that we made should be taken into consideration when casting your vote. So then I would be remiss not to bring up the fact that my opponent has recently said that it was studying under a Marxist professor that made him become a Democrat. So when you look at his position on things like raising taxes, which is one of the tenets of Marxism; not supporting eliminating death tax, which is a tenet of Marxism -- I would argue that there are more people who support my Catholic faith than his Marxist beliefs, and I’m using his own words.KARIBJANIAN: We’re going to clarify that.BLITZER: Because a lot of people remember, because they've learned in last few weeks you did once describe yourself when you were in college a long time ago as a bearded Marxist.COONS: Great question, Wolf. I hope folks will go and read the article.It’s an article that I wrote as a senior the day of our commencement speech and the title and the content of that clearly makes it obvious that it was a joke. There was a group of folks who I had shared a room with, my roommates junior year, who are in the Young Republican Club and who thought when I returned from Kenya and registered as a Democrat that doing so was proof that I had gone all the way over to the far left end, and so they jokingly called me a bearded Marxist. If you take five minutes and read the article, it's clear on the face of it, it was a joke. Despite that, my opponent and lots of folks in the right wing media have endlessly spun this. I am not now, nor have I ever been, anything but a clean-shaven capitalist.
Wolf: He he he come on Coons, a while ago you said something, but what did you really mean? wink wink go Ahead brother, set the record straight. you have as much time as you need.But the O'Donnell camp wasn't sitting around all day hoping the liberal moderators would protect her, so they actually prepared for the debate.
O’DONNELL: Well, I would -- I would stand to disagree because, first of all, if you're saying what I said on a comedy show is relevant to this election, then absolutely you writing an article, forget the bearded Marxist comment, you writing an article saying that you learned your beliefs from an articulate, intelligent Marxist professor and that's what made you become a Democrat, that should send chills up the spine of every Delaware voter because then if you compare that statement to your policies --
O'Donnell slams it. She knocked it out with this. If you are going to judge me by a single comment I made on a Comedy show ( which is debatable if there actually is any comedy on that show ) If you are going to judge me on that, then shouldn't you be judged on what you wrote down for an article for a newspaper?Quick ms liberal 'journalist, save him...change the subject:
KARIBJANIAN: Let’s go to an issue that you brought up about being schools and this goes to you first, Mr. Coons. This is the issue of education in our country. And in many public school districts all across America, as they're trying to get in accountability in the classroom, it is very difficult to dismiss an underperforming teacher because of the stringent contracts that have been negotiated with the individual school districts and teacher unions. Do you feel teacher unions are too powerful?
Whew..almost thought Coons would have to devote a whole 30 seconds to his commenting that he became a democrat because of a Marxist professor.