In the Delaware Senate debate Wednesday night, Republican Christine O'Donnell tripped up and was unable to name a single recent Supreme Court decision she disagreed with, a moment similar to an infamous 2008 gaffe by Sarah Palin.
During the debate, O'Donnell said she opposed activist judges, citing the recent court decision ordering an immediate halt to military discharges because Don't Ask, Don't Tell. But when the moderators asked her to name a recent Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed, she was unable to name a single one:
NANCY KARIBJANIAN: What opinions, of late, that have come from our high court, do you most object to?
O'DONNELL: Oh, gosh. Um, give me a specific one. I'm sorry.
KARIBJANIAN: Actually, I can't, because I need you to tell me which ones you object to.
O'DONNELL: Um, I'm very sorry, right off the top of my head, I know that there are a lot, but I'll put it up on my website, I promise you.
WOLF BLITZER: We know that you disagree with Roe v. Wade.
O'DONNELL: Yeah, but she said a recent one.
BLITZER: That's relatively recent.
O'DONNELL: She said "of late." But yeah. Well, Roe v. Wade would not put the power -- It's not recent, it's 30-something years old --
BLITZER: But since then, have there been any other Supreme Court decisions?
O'DONNELL: Well, let me say about Roe v. Wade -- If that were overturned, would not make abortion illegal in the United States, it would put the power back to the states.
BLITZER: But besides that decision, anything else you disagree with?
O'DONNELL: Oh, there are several when it comes to pornography, when it comes to court decisions -- not to Supreme Court, but federal court decisions to give terrorists Mirandize rights. There are a lot of things I believe -- This California decision to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I believe there are a lot of federal judges legislating from the bench.
BLITZER: That wasn't the Supreme Court. That was a lower --
O'DONNELL: That was a federal judge. That's what I said. In California.
This incident was almost identical to what happened to Palin, O'Donnell's mentor, during the 2008 campaign in an interview with Katie Couric. The Republican vice-presidential candidate was unable to name a single Supreme Court case other than the conservative favorite Roe v. Wade.
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