Coons: “I would have expected her to be better prepared for this evening’s debate.”
O’Donnell campaign: “Her opponent left viewers wondering where exactly he stands on any issue.”
Coons on MSNBC: “Frankly there were lots of things that my opponent said this evening that surprised me. If I did struggle in one area it was in focusing my answers on one thing at a time of the many things that she said that were misstatement, mischaracterizations or just flat out lies….I would have expected her to be better prepared for this evening’s debate.”
O’Donnell campaign: “Christine O’Donnell is a working class person who best represents the people of Delaware as opposed to her opponent, an Ivy League graduate who has a record of supporting major tax increases and excessive spending,” campaign manager Matt Moran said. “She clearly stated her positions on smaller government and lower taxes while her opponent left viewers wondering where exactly he stands on any issue. Christine will be seated immediately when she is elected on Nov. 2, which will make her a key vote against the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda … It is especially important for Delaware voters who are concerned about the tax hikes that Chris Coons has promised.”
AP: “Feisty” debate, O’Donnell tries to distance herself from her past and attacks Coons as Marxist, Coons says O’Donnell misrepresents his record and accomplishments.
Washington Post: O’Donnell struggles with evolution question, falters on phrase ‘discretionary spending’ and where US troops are deployed, Coons “dull and substantive.”
NY Times: In “grueling” debate, Coons sometimes came off as mean-spirited, O’Donnell floundered but came off as relatable.
Philadelphia Inquirer: O’Donnell “feisty and on offense”, Coons says O’Donnell has “experience delivering slogans but not solutions.”
Read TIME’s Jay Newton Small’s ‘The Marxist, The Witch and The Miners’ take on the debate.