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. c edgar

    When will the D's & R's understand this is not about party?
    As a long term voter I do not care if the person has a D & R by their
    name. I m hoping that many of my fellow voter's have come to
    understand you vote on the person stand, on issues! Sure no one
    person will stand on all issues you want 100%, you vote for
    the one that is the 90% range. After the person wins you continue to
    follow up and stay in contact. (this is key). If they start flipping on
    issues vote them out period. The comments Rove made just show
    DC treats this as a job and not a service to the American public.
    and that is one of the problems! The current Admin. just does not
    listen to the American public, they hear what they want to hear or worse they assume (and we all know what assuming does).

    September 15, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. paw

    You've got a choice when it comes to the Republicans and the tea partiers – with one, you choose lies over facts, and with the other, you choose nuttiness over facts. Scary.

    September 15, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Monrob

    I must be really sick, I am siding with red-piggly-Rove on this one.

    September 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. John

    What?? Is unfactual a word??

    September 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Sniffit

    The Jesus does not approve of either of these people. Don't mess with the Jesus.

    September 15, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Anonymous

    She is no different than every other Tea Party candidate this year.
    This group of "winners" are the Ross Perot fo 2010- fun to listen to for awhile, just like Sarah, but when you look beneath the sarcasm and the one line zingers, what have you got..the crazy aunt or uncle you would never leave your kids with because they are not safe to be around.
    But conservative- please keep backing them- you are assuring Democratic victories in th fall!

    September 15, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Tom

    Apparently, dear voters of Delaware, Mr. Rove believes that you are not smart enough to pick the right candidate for your state.

    September 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Elite Hunter

    Karl Rove needs to bee arrested on charges of treason and sentenced to death by the american people, I hope one day he feels the walls closing in on him....

    September 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Bob in PA

    Political strategists need to understand – we have had enough. Things need to change in Washington. Reform your ways or out you go.

    September 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. charlie from the North

    Dear Karl Rove,

    I usually could care less about what you say but your latest observation bears comment. It is you sir, with your scorched earth politics and your total disrespect for the truth or for moderation that planted the seeds of this destructive force. Like Frankenstein's monster it is now attacking you. You deserve it. The country however is still suffering from your time in power during the "The Bush Error" and does not.

    September 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. mickey

    wow. i have had hot fudge sundaes with less nuts than will be on the ballot this november.

    September 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Shar

    What is wrong with the people of Delaware??????? This women is a real low life, now she is a contender for the Senate? I can't believe how bad things have gotten in this country that we nominate people of her character to one of our most prestigious positions.

    September 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Justin

    I don't like O'Donnell, but she has a point about Rove. The man doesn't have a principled bone in his body. He's all politics and will do and say anything to win an election.

    With Rove, it's all about ego.

    September 15, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. rich

    If the republican party does not support their winner despite the establishment push against her, I will start voting for Democrats. The Republicans are proving to me that their is really no difference between the established parties that have entrenched themselves in Washington

    September 15, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Republicans No

    LOL...Look at the Republicans at war with each other, I wondering who getting last LOL

    September 15, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. DrJazz

    "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying." takes one to know one!!

    September 15, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. BlackUSAguy

    The Republican Party is about to be history thanks to Bush and his buddies. I keep saying that the Tea Party are really Democrats looking to push the GOP off the earth. Soon, we will have 500 Sarah Palins running against the democrats and some of them (tea party) will join the Democrats. The new major parties will be Demo. and Sarah Palin.

    September 15, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. j.p. swanson

    karl rove, pres. bush, vp cheney, had their chance to run the country and blew it. they left this country bankrupt and the worst shape ever. so i think its time mr. rove took a step back and let somebody else have a chance at it.

    September 15, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. A. Goodwin

    Delaware – REALLY? Are you people there so uneducated not to even look at her record of lies and deceit? Heck – I'm a democrat saying this!! When they go to the polls again in November, any dem will win over this joke. The mere fact that Sarah Palin endorsed her should have had you folks RUNNING for another candidate! I sincerely hope she is not the eventual winner – if so, God help us all!!

    September 15, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Reginald L. Walker

    Although as a voter I am very cautious of any politican, I am do not consider the Tea Party a threat to the GOP. Regardless of what they call themselves, if they walk like, looks like, and talk like the GOP, then they are GOP. However they do not realize that the blended tea of hatred, lies, and deceit Sarah Palin and others are serving them is a poisonous brew. The GOP is headed for self-destruction.

    September 15, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. K. LeBert

    Perhaps Karl Rove can go on the " Irrelevant Seniors " tour with Jimmy Carter.

    September 15, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. The Other Michael in Houston

    I am loving the emplodment of the Rebuplican Jihadist. You mouth breathers are making that much easier for the Dems in November.

    September 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Texas Progressive

    Karl is a crook, but a smart guy in politics. The GOP doesn't really want the voters to associate the GOP with the Tea Party Klan.

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. a little sad

    Okay, this makes me happy. Thank you teabaggers – one more safe Democratic seat!

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. NC

    Tea Party be careful what you wish for. She sounds as if she could be Palin's long lost twin.

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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