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On the Campaign Trail: Delaware

October 13, 2010

Date: 10/13/2010 Location: Wilmington, DE Description: FPC journalists in a press gaggle with Delaware politician Chris Coons. - State Dept ImageOctober 13-14, 2010; Wilmington, DE
Contact: Dr. Alison Mann

Approximately 40 journalists to cover the Delaware Senatorial campaign between Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell and Democratic candidate Chris Coons. The group was comprised of journalists based in Washington, D.C. and New York, and represented Pakistan, Argentina, India, Taiwan, France, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, and Denmark. Highlights of the the tour include a visit to the University of Delaware campus where a debate between the two candidates was scheduled to take place. Prior to the debate, the group was briefed by the Director of the Political Communications department, then had the opportunity to conduct interviews with students and members of the public who had assembled for the debate,  Delaware Governor Markell conducted a 30 minute Q&A session with the group and then did several one-on-one interviews, answering questions about the elections and the candidates. The journalists then attended a second debate between O’Donnell and Coons.