September 15th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Hill Hallways: Republicans on O'Donnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell:

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will support and donate money to the Senate campaign of Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed surprise winner of Delaware's Republican primary.

"I'll be supporting the Republican nominee and we wish her the best," McConnell said Wednesday morning.

McConnell's support comes despite concerns in the Republican Party that it will be difficult for O'Donnell to win the general election.

Asked if he would donate to her from his political action committee, McConnell replied, "sure."

McConnell didn't respond to a question about whether he thinks O'Donnell's victory will lead to a Democrat winning the seat and jeopardizing a possible GOP takeover of the Senate. However, when he was asked if he thinks she will win the race, he responded, "I'm going to be supporting the nominee and we'll hope for the best. We'd like to win the seat."

Rep. Mike Pence:

Third ranking House Republican Mike Pence said "I categorically reject that Christine O'Donnell cannot win in Delaware."

He said the Republican party should support O'Donnell's campaign financially, telling reporters outside the weekly Republican press conference, "she's the Republican nominee. Absolutely."

– Dana Bash, Ted Barrett and Deidre Walsh all contributed to this report.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. SayWhat

    How can Karl Rove even mouth the the words "rectitude", "sincerity" or "character" without the earth beneath his feet violently erupting open and swallowing him or earth to ground sheet lightning being hurled from the heavens?

    September 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Laverne

    Sounds like republicans are scared to say anything now. The fear the backlash from the tea party and what opposition will mean for them. This is hilarious!

    September 15, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Hey Mitch, make sure your contribution doesn;t go to O'donnell's rent and personal expenses. She sounds like the female version of Rubio.

    September 15, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    What a bunch of liars.

    September 15, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    The Republican Party has no choice but to back O'Donnell.

    If the GOP doesn't back her and she looses, Tea Partiers can blame her loss on the Republican Party's lack of support.

    If the GOP doesn't back her and she wins, Tea Partiers can claim the Republican Party's support is no longer irrevevant to an election.

    No matter what, the Tea Party comes out ahead of the GOP.

    At worst, the Republican Party is on its way to extinction ... or, at best, assimilation by the Tea Party.

    September 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. george from alaska

    odonnell's victory is a typical tea party operation where an out of state group with shady resources spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on last minute tv & radio ads full of blatant lies and floods residents with slanderous robocalls. In alaska they even managed to get a ridiculous abortion notification referendum on the ballot to skew the turnout and elect a bitchy little man who called our current state senator lisa murkowski a "prostitute". the tea party is the modern day equivalent of a facist movement that feeds on public frustration, fear & anger to hijack the government with a wolf in sheep's clothing extremist regime. fight it now or fight it later. Nip it in the bud before the disease spreads and sickens us all.

    September 15, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Mitch McConnell heading up the "Party Of Nope!"

    September 15, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Poor McConnell, he just saw all hopes of being the majority leader sink deep, deep into an ocean of tea. But face it, you really never had a chance except in your own tiny little mind.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 15, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Tina in PA

    I'll give the Republican party one thing. They stick together no matter how nutty the candidate is. But let's nut feel the house with nuts. The country will go to pot with people like these.

    September 15, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. george from alaska

    the tea party is a republican scam gone haywire. don't be a fool and buy into this "re-branding" marketing gimmick that has gone viral among the ignorant.

    September 15, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Jason

    I have a few words of advice for the Republican Party (and I am a registered Republican). Christine O'Donnell is the Republican nominee. Out of all of the new nominees, this seat may be the most important of all. Democrats are already saying how happy they are because they think they can beat her. What if Christine started getting money from all over the country and had the money to have a constant positive message in TV, Radio, Print ads and on the Internet. If we could get an early lead in the polls, this would discourage democrats from not only Delaware, but all over the country. Every Republican on the planet needs to support this candidate and get out the message. The in-fighting needs to stop NOW. The Republicans need a strong positive message that lets the voters know that lower taxes, smaller government and more individual freedoms will make this country a better place to live.

    September 15, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |