March 10th, 2010
05:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Castle gets primary challenge in Delaware

(CNN) - Add another Republican to the race for Vice President Joe Biden's old Senate seat.

Christine O'Donnell formally announced her candidacy Wednesday. O'Donnell, a conservative commentator and marketing consultant who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2006 and 2008, had been talking about running again since last summer. She will now face off for her party's nomination against Rep. Mike Castle, Delaware's 9-term at-large congressman and a former 2-term governor of the state,

"Delaware voters deserve a candidate who understands that governments can't spend their way to recovery and they cannot tax the country into prosperity. That is why I have made the decision to run for US Senate," said O'Donnell at a kick-off event at the University of Delaware's Wilmington campus. "The problem is we don't have enough elected leaders who understand that, far too often, the actions of Congress kill job growth and lead to higher taxes and bigger deficits."

Castle's campaign tells CNN that "Mike welcomes all candidates who enter the race for United States Senate and looks forward to this campaign. He is committed to keeping both Congress, and this campaign, focused on solutions to issues that voters care about– economic growth, runaway federal spending, and getting Delawareans back to work."

The winner of November's general election will fill out the remaining 4 years of Biden's final term. Biden stepped down from the Senate after his election in November 2008 as vice president. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman was named as an interim replacement. Kaufman is not seeking a full term. After much speculation that he would run for his father's old seat, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden announced in late January that he would instead run for re-election as his state's top lawyer. Nine days after the younger Biden's announcement, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Political handicappers consider the Delaware seat a prime pick-up possibility for the GOP and national Republicans agree.

"While the NRSC is neutral in the Republican primary, we consider this a unique and very viable opportunity to pick-up the Vice President's former Senate seat this November," Amber Marchand, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman, told CNN.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Mike

    It's Castle's party that has brought about the national debt and the emptying of our national treasure by their constant spending. Just remember, the demorats have run the congress for the past three years and under their supervision of spending they have spent more in the past year than 08 years of President Bush.

    March 10, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Why is that Republicans only run radio talk show hosts, entertainment TV celebraties,a Playgirl male model, and other non-qualified candidates for SERIOUS seats in our government?

    I guess it proves the Republicans Party No and Hell No had no depth, no intelligent leadership, and no platform or solutions to run on.

    Maybe they should run their corporate buddies – like a bank CEO or an insurance executive? They have the same values as Republicans.

    March 10, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Yawn. Gotta love her statement though. Did she have the words "tax," "spend," "deficit" and "job" written on her palm? You know, because being a "commentator," i.e. BOBBLEHEAD, is truly a stunning qualification for a congressional candidate...she's a shoe in (well, maybe in her mouth).

    March 10, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Jack

    He is more despicable.

    March 10, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. jh

    I agree. Don't tax the country and don't spend any money to get out of this mess. Just give huge tax breaks to the richest 1%.

    That worked for the Bush Administration, didn't it?

    March 10, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. Dysfunctional Palin's Malfunctioning "Palm" Pilot

    So my question to all these numb-skulled Rethugs is: What taxes are you talking about? Oh, all the ones Reagan and Bush 4I &43 instituted in their trickle-down mindset?

    March 10, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. They call me "tater salad"

    People don't run for elected office because they "want to make a difference"!!!! This is the same old, same old that we always hear come election time! I can't believe some people refuse to see it or just aren't smart enough to see anything outside the boundries of the trailer park............"Beam me up Scotty"........"This place is loaded with IDIOTS"!!!

    March 10, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. hallosev

    I, a Democrat, knew Mike Castle personally many years ago and think a great deal of him. He is a reasonable man. I can't understand why he would want to be a moderate Senator in the take-no-prisoners Republican party, but I cheer him on. For a Republican to run against him in the primary can only be to enhance statewide name recognition for future races.

    March 10, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Go O'Donnell. Please bloody up Castle for the November race.

    March 10, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. m smith

    With out the intevention of government spending you would be in the toilet remember how we got in this mess. I don't think the pesident came into office saying he wanted to spend all this money to bale out the econemy just for the heck of it. So one more repo dum dum. They have no real candidates. But who would you expect to run with a party that has an ideaology of jello

    March 10, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Mike March 10th, 2010 5:31 pm ET
    It's Castle's party that has brought about the national debt and the emptying of our national treasure by their constant spending. Just remember, the demorats have run the congress for the past three years and under their supervision of spending they have spent more in the past year than 08 years of President Bush.
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    It was LBJ (a democrat) who introduced "the new deal",which increased dependancy upon the federal. It was under Clinton the housing bubble started to burst! Dems are just as guilty as Repubs! .
    Mike and BeverlyNC, how about we stop pointing fingers and figure out how to fix this mess that have been caused by BOTH parties!

    March 10, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    You ran TWICE and LOST!!!

    March 10, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |