Thursday, October 14, 2010
O'Donnell's Palin Moment? - NYTimes.com
Was it a Sarah Palin moment?
Christine O’Donnell, the Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, stumbled during the debate tonight when asked for a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that she disagreed with.
“I know that there are a lot,” she said. But she couldn’t come up with one, evoking memories of Katie Couric’s 2008 interview with Ms. Palin when she could not identify newspapers or magazines that she read.
“I will put it up on our Web site,” O’Donnell promised.
“She said recent,” Ms. O’Donnell said, but then seized on the case to rescue her from the awkward moment, noting that overturning Roe v. Wade would not make abortion illegal but would give the issue back to the states.
Clearly thinking about court decisions, Ms. O’Donnell then added that “there are several when it comes to pornography. Federal court decisions to give terrorists Miranda rights.”
Given the same opportunity to name a case he disagreed with, Chris Coons, the Democratic candidate, quickly cited the Citizens United case which legalized political spending by corporations.
“The free speech rights of corporations, I don’t think deserve the free speech rights of living breathing humans,” Coons said.