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. TiredOfItAll

    This is exactly the type of person the GOP / Tea Party is pushing on unsuspecting and angry voters. If voters don't pull thier heads out and see this tea party lunacy for what it is, they will do a lot more harm to our fragile economy and world image.

    This woman should be in jail rather than running for office.

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Jay

    Rove you may be liked on Fox and your establishment, there are many of us who think you're a cancer to intelligent and peaceful society.

    When you and your boss were in office, this country almost collapsed. This country started two wars that just got people killed and bankrupted this country.

    You should be in jail for your crimes against the common people of this country.

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. malabar

    it always looks good to talk sht about female candidates, riht dems? and it wrks 100 percent of the time, thats why there are no female politicians in the U.S.A. ;-)

    September 15, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. amigay

    Talk is cheap...let's see how productive and effective she will be. My guess is not very.

    September 15, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. chuck

    Revealing skeletons in the closet and dirty laundry is what Rove does best. Sometimes he scores, sometimes he misses. Truth is not important. Simply filling the political pipelines full of the garbage is what is most important. Just ask John McCain or John Kerry.

    September 15, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. jackson

    Rove said the political newcomer does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for,"...

    Some jokes just write themselves.....

    September 15, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Dennis

    Mr.Potato Head should go to Crawford,Tx. with his idiot mentor and disappear!

    September 15, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Again Rove has proven he has no idea what he is talking about. Go Christine.

    September 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Dale

    A Tea Party candidate is "nutty"? Who would have thought it?!

    Left wing extremists and right wing extremists are both extremists and both are nuttty.

    Long live the sane moderates.

    September 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Hypocricy is a Speeding Prius

    Gee, I bet every liberal in the U.S. is twisting like a snake on a hot rock, trying to avoid agreeing with Karl Rove.....

    September 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. g

    if your not pearly-white your not real americans- the last time all americans did feel the elected president was not there president was abraham lincoln and we all know where that road led

    September 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Big Ed

    Ms. O'Donnell, as much as I dislike Mr. Rove, if I were you, I would not get too confident yet. You are not a Senator. I certainly did not see you winning the primary, however your very strange and extremest views do not guarantee a seat in Congress. Seek psychiatric help, Today.

    September 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Jerry Janssen

    Karl,
    You and Krauthammer are the PROBLEM here. Maybe you both should think twice about this and apologize. Or, you may want to compare here against the likes of Rangel.

    September 15, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Stacie

    As a brunette with bangs and a brain, I have two choices now. I can either grow out my bangs, or I can run for office to even things out.

    Palin, Bachmann and O'Donnell are giving us brunettes a bad reputation!

    September 15, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. RedinAustin

    Carl Rove saying someone else's statements are nutty. Now that's funny. Hello kettle.....

    September 15, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. George

    Sarah Palin & this lady has lots of things in common.

    1) Low IQ,
    2) Telling lies,
    3) Hiding from & blaming the media to cover up their inadequate intelligence
    4) Bigotry
    5) Pathetic educational background.

    September 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Another Tea Party whack job.

    Who could've guessed?

    September 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. mtrought

    Yes the Tea Party will get rid of the GOP and we the people will get rid of the Tea Party. What a thrill! Thanx Tea Party for wearing them down for us.

    September 15, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Dick

    What this should tell the GOP is that the Primary System, which has long favored the incumbent to the exclusion of new blood is back as intended.

    We should not have to elect a Democrat to an office because the Republican in that office now has become a RINO.

    The TEA Party has shown us all that we can make changes at the primary level and now it is up to us all including Karl Rove to get the nominees elected.

    Enough already with the intra-party fighting. Voters have decided on our candidates. Now let's get them elected.

    September 15, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Ken

    Oh good, I was worried that dems wouldn't get this seat. That's one less to worry about.

    September 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Former Republican, but never again!

    This is why I left the Republican party. I used to think Rove was evil and crazy. Now he looks like the sane one! The Republicans are going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by nominating these crazy, stupid, unbelievably bad candidates. You betcha!

    September 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    LOL got to love politics in this day in age. No soap opera can come up with this juicy gossip. You should have been careful what you asked for rethuglicans!

    September 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. eunice

    I'm not a tea party person - carl rove gets what he deserves the same way he bad mouthed president obama now everything the repubs tried to do to president obama and the dems it's all coming back to haunt them

    September 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. jujumn

    OMG the world must be ending, I agree with Carl Rove! And despite her assertions, 53.2 % to 46.8% is not exactly a big win. Even her former campaign manager says she's a liar and cheat, and there is clear cut evidence that she has lied about her education. What were the republicans of Delaware thinking? Or perhaps some democrats voted for her to get her put in place as the GOP candidate because they knew she was a nut job and wouldn't win against their candidate in the actual election? :)

    September 15, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Enrique

    Rove is a sore loser and O'Donnell is way too extreme. It's great to see these two exchange barbs.

    September 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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