September 15th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Romney endorses O'Donnell

Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC endorsed Delaware Senate GOP primary winner Christine O'Donnell Wednesday.
Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC endorsed Delaware Senate GOP primary winner Christine O'Donnell Wednesday.

(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's rallying around Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell.

The past and possible future Republican White House hopeful Wednesday endorsed O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who upset moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's primary.

Romney's Free and Strong America PAC endorsed O'Donnell and is sending her a campaign maximum $5,000 contribution.

"Now is the time for Republicans to rally behind their nominee, Christine O'Donnell. She ran an impressive campaign. I believe it is important we support her so we can win back the U.S. Senate this fall," said Romney in a statement.

Romney's political action committee has endorsed or donated money to fellow Republicans running for office this year in around 40 states, and the PAC has contributed over $650,000 to candidates and party committees this cycle.

The 2008 White House hopeful is also on a 25-state, ten-week tour on behalf of fellow Republicans running in this November's midterm elections.

If nothing else, the endorsements, contributions, and traveling 25 states to campaign with GOP candidates are making Romney very visible in the months leading up to the unofficial kickoff of the next presidential run.

O'Donnell was helped by another possible contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin endorsed O'Donnell on September 9. On Monday, a recording of Palin urging Delaware Republicans to vote for O'Donnell was blasted to voters by robocalls across the state.

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Filed under: 2010 • Delaware • Mitt Romney
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. michael tampa

    what a surprise the ken doll with absolutely no scruples is endorsing her, honesty is not his most endearing trait!

    September 15, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Howard Cosell

    This just in - Romney backs New Orleans Saints opener against Minnesota Vikings!

    September 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Tony

    "Ten cents a dance....
    That's what they pay him.
    Ten cents a dance."

    Does he have any prinicpal he's not willing to throw to the political wind.

    September 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. No Incumbents

    Smart move by Romney. Establishment GOP leaders like Rove and Cornyn should be ashamed they trashed one of their own, trying to sabotage the GOP Senate nominee O'Donnell.

    September 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Marge

    He he he aren't these republicans stupid. Do they think for one minute that a majority of people in this country are going to vote for a tea bag. Sure republicans who are running scared but no body else. But then republicans never did know how to govern. The get elected, mess everything to Hades and back and then the country has to put a Democrat in to clean up the crooks mess. Same with the states. Virginia is a perfect example...George Allen the all time worst governor, he made a holy holy mess they had to put Warren and Kaine it to clean it up. Now they got somebody worst the Allen – McDonnel. guess next year or two they will have to pick another Democrat to straighten Virginia out. And this isn't a one time thing. If you go back for years and years you will see the same thing.

    September 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. John Metsopoulos

    Does he have any principles, he was a pro-choice govenor now he is not, he signed health care into law in Mass not he is against the fedaeral program. If he was on a street coner he would be arrested for solicitation.

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. vic, Nashville TN

    He made a big mistake so forget 2012

    September 15, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Carrotroot

    Really Mitt? You are going to endorse a lunatic like O'Donnell?

    September 15, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Val in MA

    Yes, absolutely, I am with Gov. Romney. GOP needs to rally around O'Donnell so that we can win the seat. Karl Rove, and I have tremendous respect for him, needs to stop with his infighting. I hope Mr. Rove realizes that GOP needs to be unified to take this seat.

    Romney 2012!

    September 15, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. some guy in New Hampshire

    Party loyalty above country. O'Donnell's politically correct opinions matter more than her lack of intelligence, competence, experience, or God forbid, an open mind willing to learn and to find ways to negotiate with political opponents to actually do something useful in Congress. Another example of why political parties do us all more harm than good.

    September 15, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Well, at least now we know for sure that Hairdo McGee is running for POTUS next chance he gets. This is his attempt at throwing the fundamentalist bible-beating religio-fascist Christians a bone in hopes that they'll overlook his magic undies in 2012.

    September 15, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Apparently all this talk of sex, especially with one's self, has caught his attention.

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Romney: 'Vote for me for president because I'm a great leader! I endorse winners after they've won!'

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Snow

    Good for you Mitt Romney. Proves you are a conservative and that is what we expect to see winning the White House in 2012.

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Peter E

    I love how the media tries to sensationalize what are otherwise not very impressive victories. People think the Tea Party is some big contender who's overturning government as we know it. This ignores the fact that over 90% of incumbents who ran for re-election won their primaries so far. (guess what's going to happen in November as well) The Tea Party didn't even run/back any candidate in most elections. Also, while there were a couple of highly publicized upsets, most of the Tea Party backed candidates were actually also the republican establishment backed candidates. All in all the Tea Party's victories are but a few percentage of the whole, and many of those victories themselves are victories for the establishment too.

    September 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    yet another slimy opportunist from the right. Sickening.

    September 15, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Michael in Houston

    further proof that YOU sir are not qualified for the Presidency as your judgement in this matter is obviously wrong. This unemployed child is no more a legitimate candidate for the Senate as my neighbors cat.

    This makes you equally unqualified

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Make sure you get a receipt for that $5000. Lord only knows what O'donnell is going to spend it on.

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    You guys are 'pathetic' and all over the place- WHAT else are you going to say? Why are all of the MEN now taking her side – you know why – because O'Donnell will use the FEMINIST card on ya'll and you definitely don't want that to happen!!!!

    The problem is RepubliCAN-MANs – she will still lose in November!!

    Democrats are now FIRED UP and READY to GO and we will STATE the CASE and UNITE our BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November!!!

    This is T'SAH and I approve this message!!! (Actually, I have not seen the impersonator lately that insists on using my name to spew his right-wing HATE)!!

    September 15, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. diridi

    This guy is a crazy idiot...talks absolutely no sense...biggest looter for GOP....thus...

    September 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Mormons like him and Glenn Beck LOVE the Right-Wing Extremist agenda so they can rewrite the Constitution and impose their fanatic agenda upon us.

    September 15, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Dan

    Nobody wants a RomneyCare endorsement.

    September 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. mary

    This is great for us Democrats.
    Do you think that maybe lots of democrats voted for O'Donnell because she will be easier candidate to beat in November?
    Go Democrats!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Billy Bob

    So what MIck, John InSane endored Paliban!

    September 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. tony

    Romney is big hypocrite so nothing he does is a surprise. why does O'Donnel oppose masturbation? follow me on twitter #omegaraiel

    September 15, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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