However, by the 4e rules, can a character start with two 8's? How about a 6?

In the Method 2 version in the PHB, it says to start with 8, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10 and 22 points to spend. Below that, it talks about a -1 going from 10 to 9 or 9 to 8. Could a character then start with 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10 and 24 points to spend? If you made an 8 into a 6, could you then have 26?