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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Christine, you're going to lose big against the democrat. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. It will be over in 7 weeks.

    September 15, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. anagram_kid

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

    Unfactual??? I refuduiate this new word!

    September 15, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Charlie

    The GOP and the Democrats need to wake up and realize that liberalism/socialism is dieing a slow death. The grass roots Americans have had enough and they are taking their country back in the voting booth.

    September 15, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. rdepontb

    It's the incumbents, stupid.

    September 15, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Erin

    For the first and last time in my life, I agree with Karl Rove

    September 15, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. anagram_kid

    Oh the irony of Rove accusing someone of misleading voters.

    September 15, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. North of 49

    I wonder how John McCain sleeps these nights knowing that his legacy will not be how well he served his country but how he unleashed the Alaska Grizzly and allowed her to highjack his beloved Republican Party. America, the world hurts for you!!!!

    September 15, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Anne

    Carl Rove needs to keep his mouth shut. We do not need the Republican elitist telling us what we need. They did this not too long ago and we got Bush and a backlash that got us the loser Obama

    September 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Just say no OR have a moratorium

    Karl Rove is obsolete.....Fox news would be smart to rely on others for political views.

    It's time for Rove to join GHW Bush and retire!

    BTW...has Karl come out of the closet yet? That's the next shoe everyone is waiting to drop.

    September 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. musician

    Even Rove thinks she`s a nut. Imagine what the rest of us think.

    September 15, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. mm

    I can't believe I'm saying this.....but I agree with Karl Rove. As a Delawarean, I can tell you - this woman is a flake and will not win in November.

    September 15, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Bob Dog

    Wow, this is a great battle:

    Karl Rove, the "Adolph Eichmann" of the republican party,

    VS.

    Christine O'Donnell, the "Crime Blotter" the t-party.

    May the best man....I mean, may the best woman.... I mean may the worst.....they're both disgusting.... oh well. May we be thoroughly entertained by these to monsters.

    September 15, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. ToGetherWeStand

    Tea Party = A Gift for Dems

    September 15, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Craig

    Looks like the "Momma Grizzlies" (Sarah Palin Camp) just gored the "Terd Blossoms" (Karl Roves Camp) pretty bad....I love a good fight!!

    September 15, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. anagram_kid

    I have to say I am a bit surprised as this woman represents exactly what I thought Rove liked in a candidate – average to below average intelligence, makes up words and mangles the English language, dishonest, but above all likable because they won’t make voters feel inferior. (GWB in a red dress.)

    September 15, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Grand Old Party

    GOP political infighting: PRICELESS!

    Actually Rove is spot on in his assessment .....in their fervor for anything remotely resembling 'change', GOP'ers are voting for fringe tea party candidates in GOP primaries.....and candidates seemingly stamped from a Palin like mold (right down to the red dress!) will lose to the Dems in the fall.....

    September 15, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. TCS

    Good 'ole Karl doing what he does best...lip flapping.

    September 15, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. dina

    Here we go again, another pretty face trying to make a dollar like her ditzy cheerleader Palin. When are people going to investigate the candidates before they vote for them. This country is filled with stupid people. But she will be easier to beat in the election so keep it up Sarah and get your Tea party people elected. They are clones and not really smart enough to run anything.

    September 15, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Rita D. Molengraft

    All of you "Republicans" need to get behind, with your support and
    money, to back the "peoples choice" candidates, or go home and
    be quiet!

    September 15, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. jeff

    The republicans and tea party have spoken in Delaware and she is their candidate for November.
    So Delaware goes to the demicrats

    September 15, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Michael in Houston

    oh come on you two....kiss and make up. You have far more in common then either of you want to admit starting with the fact that your both creeps

    September 15, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  22. Ernie

    Carl Rove has made a very big mistake by making a comment about Christine O'Donnell he counted his chicken's befor they hatched. You can be a political analyst and be right most of the time but there does come a time when Carl should play his card closer to his chest. Rove has just created a political enemy which is not good. If Christine O'Donnell wins in November with out Republican money this is going to send a "Shock Wave" to the Republicans Party that some candidates can win without the help of the old time Republicans. The new young breed is here and they are telling the "Old Guard" it's time for you to go. The politicians should rent the movie "The Last Hurrah" with Spencer Tracy they just might learn something.

    September 15, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. welches, oregon

    does little to help the party....does little to help the party.

    Hey you freaking disgusting slimeball – we're trying to help America!

    September 15, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. GL

    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."

    Rove should know since he was the king of his party and who would know his party better then him? No one. She even turned off the most swiftboathing person of the century which SPELLS REAL BAD NEWS FOR THE PARTY OF HATE!

    September 15, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. used to vote Republican

    It's been a long time since I agreed with Bush. But, yes, "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

    September 15, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8