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Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat and author of a proposal that would repeal parts of the First Amendment, said he is looking to restore balance. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat and author of a proposal that would repeal parts of the First Amendment, said he is looking to restore balance. (Associated Press)

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“A right to private communications, free from the prying eyes and ears of the government, should be the rule, not the exception for American citizens on American soil, whom law enforcement has no reason to suspect of wrongdoing.” - Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat. (Associated Press)

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“A right to private communications, free from the prying eyes and ears of the government, should be the rule, not the exception for American citizens on American soil, whom law enforcement has no reason to suspect of wrongdoing.” - Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer (right), accompanied by (from left) Sens. Bernard Sanders, Tom Harkin and Chris Coons, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, about the possibility of Americans abruptly losing their jobless benefits at the end of the year. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, to discuss efforts to "boost the economy and prevent Americans from abruptly losing their jobless benefits at the end of the year." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, to discuss efforts to "boost the economy and prevent Americans from abruptly losing their jobless benefits at the end of the year." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Rep. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey democrat, talks about the Palestinian effort to seek U.N. recognition of statehood, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) shakes hands with Sen.-elect Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, after a mock swearing in ceremony Monday, as Mr. Coons' sons, Jack and Mike, along with wife Annie, look on.

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Sen.-elect Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, celebrates his win over Christine O'Donnell at an election-night rally in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. Mr. Coons is joined on stage by wife Annie and two of his children.

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Delaware candidates for Senate Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons debate at Widener Law School in Wilmington on Tuesday. At one point, Ms. O'Donnell questioned whether the First Amendment stipulates separation of church and state. (Associated Press)

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Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell responds to Democratic rival Chris Coons in a nationally televised debate at the University of Delaware in Newark on Wednesday night. They are vying for the seat formerly held by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Associated Press)