September 9th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin backs O'Donnell over Castle

Sarah Palin endorsed Christine O'Donnell on Thursday.
Sarah Palin endorsed Christine O'Donnell on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the Tea Party Express Thursday in endorsing Republican Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell, who is locked in a battle for Delaware's GOP nomination with centrist Rep. Mike Castle.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, made the endorsement in an interview on conservative commentator Sean Hannity's radio show.

O'Donnell quickly touted Palin's backing.

"Just got Gov. Palin's endorsement! Thank you for your prayers!" O'Donnell wrote in a message on Twitter.

The state's GOP establishment has thrown its weight firmly behind Castle, a former Delaware governor who has been serving in Congress since 1993.

The Castle campaign responded to Palin’s backing of O’Donnell by pointing to their own endorsements from “respected conservative Delawareans.”

"Tuesday's primary will be decided by grassroots Republican voters here in Delaware, not out-of-state interest groups who are working to control the outcome. Mike Castle has overwhelming support from respected conservative Delawareans, including former Gov. Pete DuPont and Judge Bill Lee, who know that Castle is the true fiscal conservative and the only candidate who can win this seat for Republicans in November," said Castle spokesperson Kate Dickens.

The Tea Party Express on Tuesday announced its support for O'Donnell, outlining plans for an aggressive campaign effort in the days leading up to the September 14 Republican primary.

UPDATE: Late Thursday night, the Republican Party of Delaware, which has voiced support for Castle, said in a release that it has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that O’Donnell has knowingly accepted illegal donations from the Tea Party Express.

Read the FEC complaint here.

– CNN’s Brian Todd and Mark Preston contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Dave W

    So we are to assume that O'Donnell also supports profiting off of the tragedy of 9/11 (as her new sidekick Palin does)?

    September 9, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. CedarRapids

    'Just got Gov. Palin's endorsement'
    you mean ex-gov, she quit remember?

    By the way, has palin ever supported a candidate over one that was endorsed by the tea party or has she always followed their lead?

    September 9, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Edgar Friendly

    Sarah Palin is probably the best thing that could happen to her opponents.

    September 9, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. notsodumb

    Ever wonder why it is that conservatives are called the “right” and the liberals are called the “left”? Here's what the Bible says:

    “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road the fool lacks sense and shows everyone how stupid he is. Ecclesiastes 10: 2&3

    September 9, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. matthew

    If people think Obama was bad, wait until these tea repubs get into office. Talking about destroying America. I can't think of anything worse than cutting Social Security, taking away people's health care, and eliminating Medicare. Words right out of these peoples mouths.

    September 9, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Alaskan

    Ugh. She's not a governor, why do people keep calling her one?

    And STOP with the palin stories, please CNN please for the love of all that is good. Just stop.

    September 9, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    if President Obama or any other major Democrat announced they would have a fund raising on 9/11 Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and ALL the righties would be having a FIELD DAY crying about how unpatriotic they were, Palin's Facebook would be overflowing with calling Obama dis-respectful, BUT allow them to do it and it's all ok. So she can come out and give a backing to any candidate and make headlines. PLEASE WAKE UP people and see what we are dealing with here. You can't have it both ways. The Alaska 9/11 deal should let you all know what this woman is REALLY all about.

    September 9, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Indy

    How many other former half term Governors that were found guilty of submitting fraudulent expenses while in office are going to endorse O'Donnell ? How many other normal everyday Joe people that were found guilty of abuse of power are going to endorse O'Donnell. The biggest liar in America endorsing you won't mean squat when it really counts at election time. Sarah Palin has never gotten one thing right in her very short political career, and one could hardly expect that endorsement means anything but money in her pocket.

    September 9, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Julie

    Gov. Palin??? I'm pretty sure she is not the Governor and if you are going to call her one, make sure you put "1/2 term" in front. Is this the Palin Ticker? She's a nobody, why is this on CNN's homepage?

    September 9, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. California

    What do the republicans see in Sarah Palin? Where is her intelligent? where is her charistma? Where is her...anything..?

    September 9, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. William Allen Klatt

    Sarah's Sure Doing GOOD!! Possibly Could Win The White House!! A "Priceless Gem" To This World!! I Support Sarah 1000%+++...!!! Bill Klatt-Saint Joseph, MI

    September 9, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. RobertSC

    Palin is the best thing the Democrats have going for them; anyone she backs loses.

    September 9, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. hollywood ricky pt2

    i remember when i blogged that in 1972 at the career day seminar the speaker spoke about the only thing that the white man fears is the lost of respect from his white women aka his queen. and no sooner than i hit the send button . mccain picked sarah painlin. maybe its a coninsidence but the VP pick was stalled and people were left hang'n . and the rest is like pullin teeth history. plus the trotting out of all the republican women see sarah palin you don't have a clue, but you can thank hollywood ricky pt2. for where your at today. sorry megan mccain....... i didn't mean to make you cry.

    September 9, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Da Professor

    Hmmmmm – – – Tell us O'Donnell - Did Palin give you the rights to her "death panel" commentary as well? I am not so sure that her endorsement is worth much.

    September 9, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Candy

    Did I miss something??? What makes Palin think anyone in Delaware care what she thinks?? Or anyone else in this country for that matter. I could almost get aggravated or mad at most of what she goes around the country saying if it weren't so darn funny seeing her take herself so serious! She's a real JOKE!

    September 9, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. LouAz

    So the real leader of the Flat Earth Republican Party, former Half Gov of Alaska Palin and currently private citizen of Glen Beckerhood, has again given her blessing to a mere mortal. Does this make O'Donnel some kind of saint or something ? When will she walk on water ? Can she read and write ? How big are her cajones ?

    September 9, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. Allison

    When will that she devil shut her mouth! She is bringing about the second coming of duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    September 9, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I thought Palin backing down to Rush Limbaugh after he used the "R"-word was bad....I thought her backing Dr. Laura for using the "N"-word was bad....BUT her taking part in a fund raising program on 9/11 which and I'm sure many other Americans is NOT a day of celebration just did it for me with her. I'm not sure who is worse....Palin herself or the people that adore her. Her endorsement means NOTHING to me.

    September 9, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    Sarah – there are a bunch of RATS in the forest that are runnng for office to replace CAN'Tor. They are the UNDER-RATS and need your endorsement!! Could you PLEASE come to Richmond VA and endorse one of them????? PLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEEE!!!!

    We do not want CAN'Tor to win another election!!!

    The moral of this story is – your endorsements don't mean a THING!!!

    September 9, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. hobart

    I think one of the biggest strikes against the Tea Party is their celebration of Sarah Palin's willful stupidity as a virtue, and her quitting her own duly elected Governorship as a virtue. That pretty much says it all, the Tea Party is a bunch of authoritarin, loathsome, lying, willfully stupid, racist sacks of stool samples, funded by the Koch Bros, Fixed Noise, Dork Armey, et al.

    September 9, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Bill H

    Palin's kiss of death.

    September 9, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Bill H

    "The Tea Party Express on Tuesday announced its support for O'Donnell, outlining plans for an aggressive campaign effort in the days leading up to the September 14 Republican primary.

    UPDATE: Late Thursday night, the Republican Party of Delaware, which has voiced support for Castle, said in a release that it has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that O’Donnell has knowingly accepted illegal donations from the Tea Party Express."

    Whenever Palin makes the headlines you know somethin' screwy's going on.

    September 9, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Aaron

    Can't this skank go back to Alaska and just freeze?

    September 9, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. pt

    Palin is paying her PR people gobs to do her thinking for her. And she pays people to write her speechs. All she can do is grin, jump around, and look at her hand for crib notes. She is a "nothing" who is making hay while the sun shines. Of course she won't run for President, and has said as much without actually making it official, so why does the media keep asking her over and over? The woman is "yesterday's news", so move on.

    September 9, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  25. welches, oregon

    they will just get swept back out in 2012.

    How long are we going to do this people? What are we going to do – "vote"??

    September 9, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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