September 15th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele pledges to help O'Donnell

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Wednesday that he has instructed his staff to devote resources and money to help Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.

Specifically, Steele said that he has emphasized to the RNC's finance staff the need to help set up fundraisers to help stock O'Donnell's campaign war chest. O'Donnell, with the help of Tea Party activists, defeated establishment favorite Mike Castle Tuesday in the Republican Senate primary.

Steele has reached out to O'Donnell, and as of early Wednesday afternoon had not yet connected with her.

Steele began a 48 state bus tour Wednesday heading into the November elections.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Michael Steele
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. anagram_kid

    Party before country.

    September 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. michael tampa

    with help from friends like him its almost a guarantee she won't win lol.

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

    She doesn't want or need the assistance of the "republican establishment." Surely, she will reject any funds offered her from the republican party.

    September 15, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. ABM

    Help to pay her rent?

    September 15, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Marge

    Boy the tea bags for being such a small group of people sure have the more sensible republicans running scared.

    AIN'T it a joke folks.

    September 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Jerry

    The first smart move he has made in a while.

    September 15, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I love when you rupubs tear each other up

    September 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Jess C

    Ok, in theory, how does pouring money into someone like this going to change her being ignorant and backwards? Is this validating the fact that government jobs are for sale according to the GOP, even when they don't agree with their own candidates? GOP slogan: "If you can't earn it; just buy it!"

    September 15, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Shucks

    The republican party is moving more and more to the right, which excludes more and more Americans. The moderate republican will no longer exist, and the ultra conservative republicans will be defeated at every turn. The right wing republican religious fanatics are destroying a great party and digging themselves into a hole so deep, that it will only take a nominal turnout by democrats and independents to defeat them soundly, as moderate republicans will be voting against there own. The Democrats are enjoying this all more than anyone can imagine.

    September 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. jazz92

    Why would she tour 48 states? She is running in Deleware. What is the deal? She is not running a national comapaign. But a state campaign. Why waste the money on towr buses. Crazy! That is why the Dems are not going to loose that many seats. If the Real Republicans had won the GOP had a chance but these cazies are not goin to win. If they do God help us and Mcconnell

    September 15, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Peter s

    Please Steele, save that money for something else! don't use it on a lost cause!!, Time to send these tea baggers where they belong!!

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. bill

    but she said she dont need national repubs.go the way steel get lost somewhere.anywhere just get lost

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Me

    Ah the coup de grace, the kiss of Death in the form of 'help' from Man of Steele.
    The jokes for this turn of events should be a laff riot!

    September 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Mike

    This only makes my hate of Republicans even stronger.

    September 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. vic, Nashville TN

    Mr. Steel this is gambling if you lose this Delaware senate seat you win more . if you keep this seat you lose more choose the right

    September 15, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. roshevl32

    I don't want to imply that I'm a fan of Christine O'Donnell, but when Karl Rove talks about "rectitude" it really gives me a chuckle.

    September 15, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Help her all you want...she's a nutjob. The more of your eggs you put in her basket, the more scrambled you'll get.

    The only safe choice for the GOP is to distance itself from the extremists like O'Donnell (or Angle or Jaberwocky Barbie or The Alaskan Chuck Norris, etc.). After all, partisan politics is all about "branding" and do they really think it's a good idea to brand themselves as right wing quasi-fascist extremists who support people that want to get rid of SS and Medicare or bring us a government based on the King James Constitution? Oh wait...I forgot...yeah they do. Dummies.

    September 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Bob Cooper

    Mr. Steele: Glad you have realized where your base is and how the GOP is going to continue as a political party in US Government. We The People will be represented by our interests and not power hungry politicians in D.C. Can't wait to have you down here in Tampa, FL in 2012. Hopefully the Tea Party will be properly represented at the convention. We still don't see our next Reagan or Washington, but there is still time for the GOP to find him/her and get them moving for 2012. Platitudes and empty promises aren't going to cut it anymore from the GOP. You guys need to get to work on preparing us for 2010 and 2012. Get some representatives that meet our new standards and we'll get you the money you need to elect them. God bless you Michael.

    September 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Carol

    Steele should be a big help! LOL

    September 15, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Where from? Guam?

    September 15, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Snow

    I am glad to see Michael Steele has ordered the financial help for O'Donnell. She has a great shot of winning the senate seat and with private donations streaming in, she will be fine. Just remember this, as the liberals and demorats say the Tea Party is the party that keeps on giving and they are correct. The Tea Party gives one way tickets from DC to home for RINO's and liberals. You Betcha.I Love It, Change is coming that we can believe in.

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  22. AEJ

    Oh, yeah, right. What else would we hear from this fool!!! As well as from the other rejected Repubs? Oh please!!! Please explain this to Carl Rove and his bitterness. You fools threw this seat away BIG TIME!!!

    September 15, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Throw all your support and money behind this corrupt woman. She's going to lose BIG in the general election.

    September 15, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    OMG – Does the GOP have any idea what they are doing anymore? They sound like a bunch of idiots. Boehner goes against his party line to (even though it is the right thing to do) defend tax cuts for small buisnesses; Rove makes cracks about O'Donnell yet Steele and Romney suppport her. DeMint wants to fight the disarmament agreement which makes the world as a whole a safer place, Mc Cain now denies ever being a "maverick" and Sarah Palin is delusional enough to think she is qualified to run for president. These people are self-destructing. They don't even agree with each other anymore. It's like rats deserting a sinking ship! No moral compass, no virtue! Might as well call them the GAP, "God Awful Politicians".

    There is no one or nothing worse than this bunch!

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Sniffit


    It's like totem-pole stupid. Yes, putting stupid on top of stupid let's stupid see further, but stupid still doesn't understand what it's looking at.

    September 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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