September 15th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
4 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. larry

    There's a lot of nutty things Rove says but it's ok because he is paid by Fox so called news.

    September 15, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Julie

    Now the GOP will have to do some fancy footwork to support a candidate they stated was unfit for office. The GOP statements should make good campaign ads for the Dems.

    September 15, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    I love it. Let the Republicans pick each other apart. Quite frankly, I'm hoping the general populace sees these Tea Party candidates for the fringe element they are. If so, the Democrats may not lose nearly as much as everyone predicts.

    September 15, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. sharon

    Be careful, missie He has no scruples and he gets revenge. I love the fact that you went after him. He thinks he runs the party and whatever he says goes. He lets nothing stand in his way and goes after those who cross him – Valerie Plame for example. This actually makes me very interested in your campaign and makes me wonder what Mr. Rove really thinks of Sarah Palin.

    September 15, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. No Name Calling

    The Republicans are eating their own. I predict all skeletons will come out of the closet by October 31.

    September 15, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Sam's yer uncle

    Hee hee, I love the Tea Party! They're saving the Senate for the Dems! The great thing about far-right conservatives is, they truly believe that most people are as crazy, stupid, and superstitious as they are, so they think that if they get more of their kind of crazy folk out there, they'll win. But they're going to find out that what works in a Republican primary doesn't play well at all in a general election. What's popular among Republicans is viewed as idiocy by the rest of the country... but, conservatives never learn that.

    Sun Tzu once said that a general who doesn't know himself will have trouble winning battles... and that's what's been wrong with the Republicans: they don't know themselves. They have no clue how unlikable they are.

    September 15, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. bravado in boston

    sour grapes....

    i am thrilled that we Democrat Patriots are going to actually MAKE GAINS in this November's elections!

    yay sour grapes!

    September 15, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. kd

    for once, Rove speaks the truth.

    September 15, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. K in Miami

    This is great, this means that the person that John McCain gave birth to (Sarah Palin), is now at odds against the very party and people that made her who she is today.....

    I would love to be a fly on John McCains wall right about now, I think Mr. McCain will go to his grave before he admits to the "THE MISTAKE OF THE CENTURY", by bringing Sarah Palin out of now where and escalating her to a national stage.

    This is so SWEET......!

    September 15, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Billy, NYC

    No Tea-Time for Karl Rove.

    September 15, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. Coherent1

    I like O'Donnell's tanacity, even though I think she's extreme or moreso wrong on issues that I care about.

    September 15, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. MiMI

    disappointed in Karl's comments and attitude (and I like Karl); another case of "the people have spoken" yet several Repub politicians are not listensing. They still don't get it.

    September 15, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Sadie

    The GOP has lost and is losing all moderate and rational thinging party members because the GOP has boxed themselves into a corner....IF you don't think like them or believe like them then you aren't a TRUE republican party member (you can't have your own orginial thoughts they want to control your thoughts and ideas themselves).....they have allienated a lot of republicans, their continued practice of Stonewalling and being the PARTY OF NO to everything has killed their party too (Americans want to see progress not stalling tactics)......on the other hand they have stood by the Tea Baggers hoping to gain their votes and now they are taking over their party......but come November a lot of these UNKNOWN"S in the Tea Bag Party will take the GOP out of winning the Majority of Congress because the Democrats will show up in great numbers on election day and will continue their Majority.

    September 15, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Ancient Texan

    While I have a lot of respect and admiration for Karl Rove, even he may have underestimated the power and the will of "the people". I wish her well in the general election.

    September 15, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. christian

    A house divided cannot...

    September 15, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Mitch

    Hmmmm, O'Donnell never pays staff, may have campaign finance irregularities, has no credentials....no wonder Palin loves her. Another fraud for the tea party to waste votes on.

    It's one thing to dislike the person the electorate hired to replace them...but you do not hire the worst.

    September 15, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Orlando Patriot

    Absolutely a shame!! I have always enjoyed hearing the insight of Carl Rove but this time he struck a nerve. Is he part of the political inside too? Does he not realize we the people are TIRED of politicians telling us one thing and doing another? We are Conservatives first and Republicans second. I give the Republican Party one LAST chance to act like Conservatives this November or I am changing my party to Tea party/Libertarian/etc. YOU WORK FOR US!! WE DO NOT WORK FOR YOU!!

    Being asked to vote for people like McCain, Specter, Crist, et. al is OVER!! We vote for the Conservatives and if we lose then so be it. If the country is going to continue being driven off a cliff (by BOTH PARTIES!!) then have it. I will survive and distance myself from the Socialist government that is being developed but will NOT vote for someone who is going to vote in SUPPORT of bigger government and more socialist policies!! WAKE UP REPUBLICAN PARTY!!

    September 15, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. tweety

    Now.....the knuckleheads are going to pick fights within their party????!!!!

    I love it, let the games begin. They are so full of themselves, and there isn't enough room in a banquet hall to fit all of this parties egos into!

    September 15, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. JOhn

    Rove is a slime ball and eveyone knows it. The right enjoys his ability to prey on the ignorant, but they know what a fraud he really is.

    I am no fan of O'Donnell but being attacked by Rove for credability just makes anyone look better.

    September 15, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Duck Fallas

    Karl Rove is one fine lookin' American. I wonder how wide his stance is.

    September 15, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Independent In Albany

    Rove lost any credibility a long long time ago............

    September 15, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. g

    she wants to take the country back-to where and how far back

    September 15, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. inofritzn

    The establishment sure doesn't like these wins.... I'm becoming more of a fan if Rove is against her.

    September 15, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Doc

    So where are the fact checks on this candidate? I'm sure the lawsuit is at least verifiable as it should be a matter of public record. If there is truth to any of these claims I'm sure it will come out in the dirt digging, mud flinging and trash talking leading up to the actual election. That's politics!

    September 15, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. yen

    They all talk too much.The results tell otherwise. Rove is a natural born pessimist.

    September 15, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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