September 22nd, 2010
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No more national media interviews, O'Donnell says

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell said Tuesday night she would not do any more national media interviews.
Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell said Tuesday night she would not do any more national media interviews.

(CNN) - Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she's not going to do any more national media interviews, instead turning her attention to local media.

"I'm not going to do any more national media because that - this is my focus. Delaware is my focus and the local media is my focus," O'Donnell told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night.

"It's off the table because that's not going to help me get votes," O'Donnell said. "I instead want to go to as many town hall forums, as many candidate forums, as many church picnics that I can fit into my schedule, so that I can meet the voters."

O'Donnell's direct communication with the national news media has been limited. The GOP candidate canceled her plans to appear on two national Sunday political talk shows last weekend, her campaign saying she planned to attend local events in her state.

O'Donnell also addressed comments that surfaced last Friday after liberal comedian Bill Maher aired a tape of the candidate on his now-cancelled show "Politically Incorrect." In the clip, which first aired in 1999, O'Donnell said she once "dabbled into witchcraft" and had one of her first dates with a witch "on a satanic altar."

"Well, teenage rebellion. You know?" O'Donnell explained Tuesday night. "Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. You know? But who didn't do some questionable things in high school and who doesn't regret the '80s to some extent? I certainly do. And I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher."

Maher pledged Friday to release a new clip of O'Donnell each week on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" until she appeared on the show.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Patriot

    Since When is Hannity and Mark Levin just local Delaware broadcasters? Most people are clever about lying....

    Pathetic.....

    September 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. rc

    What are you afraid of Christine???

    September 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Matty

    What a joke. Why even be in politics if you can't explain your positions? Seems like a quitter just like Palin

    September 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. rs

    ...and the Republican cone of silence drops on another too radical candidate.

    September 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. AEK

    Unfortunately her typical, yet skewed, logic does not take into account that she is running for the United States Senate and not homecoming queen. More than likely, advice from Ms. Palin on how to successfully avoid anyone wanting to ask a legitimate question. We'll see how that works for her. I guess if these people actually had an idea let alone a platform of ideas, they couldn't wait to be out there pushing their plan for America. Ya get what ya get when you nominate these lightweight, single issue extremists for national office.

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. LIP

    Good for Senate nominee O'Donnell. That won't stop the liberal media and Jay Leno from trashing her though. One has to wonder about Jay Leno...does he trash women more than men and is it just that they are Republicans or does he just not like independant women who have a mind of their own?

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    It's a sad day for Americans when these idiots can pull this stuff and get away with it. How do you vote the issues when they won't share their thoughts on them? Very very sad. And what's even sadder is she could win this election.

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Sean

    Stop focusing on this woman... stop focusing on this woman... stop focusing on this woman! I watched Anderson Cooper yesterday evening... and I flipped the channel... why? I was watching for 15 continuous minutes on this woman and Anderson Cooper trying to defend himself.... that I began to feel why some people like to say CNN has a liberal bias. Stop focusing on this woman, she'll lose even without national TV! Don't let her get her way! Where was the major coverage of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"? Where was the coverage for a bombing in Afganistan? Come on, I want to watch news, not the bashing of some woman who has nothing to do with me! Let Delaware decides if they want this woman!

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. bravado in boston

    does that mean she will then, in turn, not accept funding from National Corporations or other National Groups?

    After all, if she relied only on the good people of Delaware's donations, would she be in this place? of course not.

    Good is, as good does. Give national interviews if you are taking money from out of state, bubbah!

    September 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. John Marshall

    Now that she is not going to give interviews she will have move time to ride her broom from picnic to picnic.

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. some guy in New Hampshire

    Of course she's right. As interested as the country is in her, she does herself no good by attempting to defend her apparent wackiness in a national forum. Her job is to defend her apparent wackiness to the people who matter, which are her potential voters. So it's win-win: she's not put in situations that are vastly beyond her ability to cope while she concentrates her resources at home. Gotta keep raising money - she saw this pair of shoes she really likes...

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Tired of the Dems lies

    Good move because the national media is a socialist ran organization which is run by the Obama administration and the wanna be marist regime in washington, but soon the rebellion will throw all them out, Yea to the peoples rebellion against the marist obama and the Dems.

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. D Montgomery lb ca

    Shes not doing major media because she will be exposed for not having a plan on anything...shes trying to fake her way into office...people with a brain can figure this out.....they only thing she will go on is fox news because they will spoon feed her a bunch of easy questions that have nothing to do with policy...the same way they do with sarah palin....god forbid someone asks her a tough question like what newspaper do you read....if she does do major media and it doesnt go well they will say the media is out to get her...and say stupid stuff like shes a real normal american which is code for shes dumb and you caught us.

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. TONY

    These are the people Americans are voting who don't like answer the hard questions

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Russ

    Oh is Sarah, I mean Christine afraid someone may ask her to name the magazines and newspapers she reads, ask her how someone that can't balance her own checkbook can balance a countries budget or if she will rely on witchcraft to get things done in Washington? What a sad sack of a candidate. If you're afraid to be asked tough questions by the media how the hell are you ever going to deal with the tough decisions of being a U. S. Senator? Why would anyone vote for a person who can't even hold a private sector job into the congress?

    September 22, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Shownee

    Why do Tea Party candidates avoid the national media? Don't they want people to know where they stand on the issues or is it because they don't want people to know? I think it is because when they open their mouths, the stuff that comes out, is nothing more than hot air.

    September 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. MrAmerica

    She's learned well from Palin. Hopefully the voters are smart enough in Delaware to not vote for this lady. Hopefully.

    September 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Eric

    I've been saying this for a year or more now... there is no reason for any conservative or Republican candidate to bother talking or cooperating with the mainstream media... you will NOT get a fair shake. Period.

    They are not objective, yet feign objectivity. They are monumentally, almost comically, biased (accuse a journalist of being a "right wing conservative" and prepare to get busted in the chops) and frankly there is nothing to be gained by speaking with them... you only run the risk of losing polling numbers.

    The MSM clearly has its own objective and that is (and always has been) to get democrats and socialists elected and to destroy as many conservatives as possible in the process.

    Let the media make up stories in the absence of cooperation or input from conservative candidates... I mean, honestly, that's what they'd do regardless of whether conservatives spoke with them.

    September 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Abel

    It boggles my mind , all these goof balls trying to run for political office. What's even sadder is the people who vote for them .

    September 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Me

    This sounds familiar.

    First, Sara Palin ran with John McCain for Vice Pres. The campaign people get a good look at her and then, no more national media interviews.

    Next, Sharon Angle, running on the fear and despiration of the people of Nevada on the Tea Party ticket. Gets on TV, reveals her wacky ideas and extremist views and then, no more national media intervies

    Now we have Christine O'Donnell, who has a long history of wacky ideas and extemist views recorded on TV, uses campaign donations to pay her rent and utilities wins the GOP nomination for Senate in DE and then...THAT'S RIGHT! You guessed it!! No More National Media Interviews!

    Hmmmm, does anybody else notice a pattern here?

    Do we want somebody in public office who can't handle a simple interview?

    Does this mean she can do an interview with local media? Or did she mean no more interviews, period?

    September 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Then she is therefore NOT qualified to be a US Senator. Senators deal with national issues every single day. They must speak before the Senate, appear and speak up in committee meetings and they are constantly before the national media explaining their votes and ideas.

    If this woman cannot face the media with simple questions about where she stands on the issues affecting the lives of Americans right now – then she is NOT fit to serve in national government.

    Pull out of the race O'Donnell and go back to practicing witchcraft and stealing campaign dollars to support your lifestyle. You are not leadership material.

    September 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Fred Evil

    "I'm not going to do any more national media"
    She said to the NATIONAL MEDIA.

    September 22, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Larry

    When you know you have stuff to hide...this is what you do. HIDE. People this woman is unqualified to be making decision in Congress. Scary that she has made it this far.

    September 22, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Big John

    Too many questions that she can't or refuses to answer.

    September 22, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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