September 15th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
8 years ago

O'Donnell says Rove comments are 'a shame'

 O'Donnell says Rove is trying to restore his reputation.

O'Donnell says Rove is trying to restore his reputation.

(CNN) – Newly-minted Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell is picking her latest battle with Karl Rove, the former top Bush aide who said O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Delaware primary Tuesday does "little good" for the party.

"It's a shame. He is the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't going to win," said O'Donnell to ABC in response to Rove. "And we won, and we won big. So I think he is eating some humble pie and trying to restore his reputation.

Speaking on Fox News Tuesday night after O'Donnell's victory was clear, Rove said the political newcomer does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for," adding "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

"Why did she mislead voters about her college education, how come it took her nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree, how does she make a living, why did she sue a well known and well thought of think tank?" he continued.

Responding directly to those comments, O'Donnell told ABC that "everything that he is saying is unfactual."

O'Donnell has repeatedly denied claims – many leveled by the Delaware GOP who was vehemently opposed to her candidacy – that she did not receive a college diploma because of unpaid debts, owed back taxes, and let her home fall into foreclosure.

Meanwhile, Kristin Murray, O'Donnell's former campaign manager in 2008, alleged O'Donnell of "living on campaign donations" and said the candidate "just wanted to make a buck" and "is no conservative."

The O'Donnell campaign has characterized all the charges as sour grapes.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, O'Donnell led Republican Rep. Mike Castle, the establishment choice, 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the Delaware Secretary of State.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Karl Rove
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Just watch the GOP fall in line. They can never move towards the center, but they are viscerally obligated to move to the right when someone more conservative beats one of their own.

    September 15, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Marry

    Cads' fighting when ended is soon mended...

    September 15, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Carl Clark

    Karl Rove made himeself look cheap and petty for the way he bashed O'Donnel.

    September 15, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Political Winds Are Blowing

    Rove needs to step back and take a look at what the conservative voters want. The old republican stance is not cutting it anymore.There is a major difference today between a true conservative and the republican party of old. The proof is in the pudding.Better take note and act on it, or the republican party will be replaced with the conservative party. Now on to other things ,Obama is wrong about the tax cuts, give across the board tax cuts to free up money for investments and growth, Duh, economics 101, your highness.

    September 15, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Dis-gusted

    Karl Rove should help himself by remembering something I heard recently: silence is golden, duct tape is silver.

    September 15, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |

    Rove is bettern than odonnell

    September 15, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. nate

    I love hearing Rove whine, just makes my day.

    September 15, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Charles


    To hear Rove, that pool of sewage and lies, call out this woman for saying "nutty" things is priceless! Raising a glass to Republican self-destruct in November!

    September 15, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. MAhole

    Hate to admit it – I really do – but this time i have to agree with Rove........"there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

    But isn't that just like all the other Tea-Tards and republicans.......

    Scare tactics and no new ideas – same old song-and-dance. We've just been down 8 years of that road and look at where it got us.

    Let's not make the same mistake again..............

    September 15, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Be careful what you ask for Rove, you wanted to use the inmates for their money but now they have taken over the sanitarium!

    If only the other lush lemmings would see how they are being used.

    September 15, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Fed Up

    Gee, Mr. Rove. Do you think the voters are upset???? Do you think she may hve a chance now???? Probably not, because you don't want to admit that you can't predict the future. Vote 'em in. Vote' em out!

    September 15, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. CDT

    Let's just elect all hot babes to Congress. They would be just as effective as the "party of NO" as well as better looking.

    September 15, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. A True Centrist

    The Tea Party is the Dem's best friend, I'm not sure why so many of the left bloggers criticize it. There's no doubt that if Lowden wins the primary in Nevada and Castle wins in Deleware, the Republicans take over the Senate.

    Congrats Palin and Demint, you've just earned yourself another few years of a Harry Reid led Senate!

    September 15, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Dave

    Gee, Karl, you reap what you sow. You and the Bush cronies drove this country into the ground for eight solid years (after eight solid years of growth and prosperity under Clinton) and sowed the seeds for the tea party. Now you and the rest of the republican party have to put up with these nut jobs and figure out what to do with them. Good luck!

    This is deja vu of the democratic party in the 80s. They were fielding such luminaries like Dukalkis (can't even spell his name it is so painful) and controlled by the Jesse Jacksons. It took a lot of bloodletting before things worked out but the democrats went to the more moderate wing with Clinton and Obama (Yes, I'm sorry but Obama is moderate). The republicans are now going through that same painful experience. The nut jobs have taken over. Have fun.

    September 15, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. jae

    anyone who thinks the tea party are conservative, yeah right. anybody who thinks that the repubs are conservative, poof(high pitch) remember that from the 90's. I wonder if she is going to follow her mama grizzley and spend $200000 on clothes and be conservative.

    September 15, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. ST

    I can bet all my life saving, this woman can not make it come Nov.
    She is as useless as the one who has endorsed her. With whom is she going to work with when GOP is not ready to support her. I wonder if she is smart enough to understand things!

    September 15, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. cecilia

    Rove is just pissed that he cannot find a brain among the tea party people to take over the way he did Bush.
    next you will hear him singing in the halls "If I only had a brain"
    well he won't find one in the tea party gang

    September 15, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. scott

    rove cannot talk about anyones character after his wife divorce him earlier this year!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. keith

    I totally agree with O'Donnell. Rove really showed us his "true colors" last night. You could obvioulsy tell his ego was hurt due to his bad predicitions.
    I think Rove hurt his credibility tremendously with his comments last night. I know he did with me.

    September 15, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Angy

    look at them going at each other. repugs/tea bagger. LOL! they are both haters. rove is a has been liar and o'donnell is a new liar on the scene. both are very sad. she did an interview on GMA and basicly avoided answering the questions she was asked. Typical wingnut/repug/tea bagger response. NO DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!! she actually reminds me of the grizzly bear mama/pit bull in lipstick nut from alaska. Its all great for the Dems. Thank you!

    September 15, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Pot, this is Kettle.
    Kettle, this is Pot.

    You both have so much in common.

    September 15, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, I'm scared! I agree with Turd Blossom! Did anyone else notice the first pictures of O'Donnell after she was declared the victor? Can you say "Deer in the headlights"? Rove is right about this – every Tea Party victory in the Senate races will make it that much harder for the Republicans to take control of the senate. Even some of their "established" seats in normally safe "red" states can now be considered open for Democratic victory.

    September 15, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. win

    Well, Rove knows nutty.

    September 15, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  24. al

    Rove is right up there with limbaugh as one of the most ill informed and meanest people in America. Rove is the one who taught the republican party to never run on issues just do all you can to discredit the person running with any personal issue you can dig up. He is the one responsible for the disaster we had under Bush and the republicans. He really is worthless and why CNN or any other media outlet other than the fools at Fox pay him any mind is beyond me.

    September 15, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. DJ in TX

    I'm not in Deleware and I don't like Karl Rove one bit. It is going to be intersting to see if the far right manages to control the GOP. I don't like the far reaches of either party. I think they do no good for the rest of us and the policies they espouse tends to help themselves. It has always been better when there is compromise, taking good ideas from BOTH sides. When Reagan, he lost a lot of seats in the off election that brought him toward the middle to some degree and we had good times. When Clinton won, he lost a lot of seats in the off year and we had good times. It is time for a REAL independent party.

    September 15, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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