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Christine O'Donnell: I Won That First Amendment Debate! (VIDEO)


O'Donnell told ABC News "her line of questioning to Coons was not because she didn't know the First Amendment, but to the make the point the phrase 'separation of church and state' does not appear anywhere in the Constitution." (As ABC's Jon Karl and Gregory Simmons point out in their report, "the Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment's declaration that Congress 'shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion' as a legal separation between government and faith.")

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"I asked him where in the Constitution is the phrase 'separation of church and state,'" O'Donnell explained. "He said the First Amendment. I followed up with, 'Can you name the five freedoms that are guaranteed to us that are protected by the First Amendment?' And he could not."

Watch (First Amendment stuff starts at about 2:30):

The TPM Poll Average shows Coons leading the Delaware Senate race by a margin of 55.5-37.2.