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. Anonymous

    She is running for a nationa-effecting office- not a state office.
    She will be voting on bills that will effect me here in California- she owes us press.
    But, like her mentor, when you cannot speak without putting your foot in it, I guess you shouldn't say anything. I can only hope that the local press continues to publishe her nonsensical statements and that the national press picks them up and exposes her lack of maturity and abilites.

    September 22, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Of course she won't do any national media interviews. Despite her obvious lack of qualification for the Senate, she does know that she would face reasonably tough questions asked of any candidate for national office, and she won't have any intelligent answers.

    Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

    September 22, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Jim

    The people of Delaware if you vote this fruitcake in you will be sorry in the long run. How could people be that stupid to vote for someone like this fool to represent their state. Doesn't say much for the voter mentality of Delaware. Those who voted for this clown should be sent back to grade school for re-education! Where does the Tea Party find these wingnuts? I guess we could thank John 'senile' McCain for introducing the biggest fruitcake of them all Palin. She latched onto the Tea Party like a Klingon. Somebody forgot to flush the toliet though and somehow she climbed out to stir up the bowl.

    Delaware-vacancy of the cranium....

    September 22, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. ED FL

    It looks like Odonnell will only go on CNN and FOX the GOP NO NO stations. She knows where to go for favored censureship.

    September 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Canuck

    Apparently she felt the heat and got out of the kitchen. She has learnt from Palin not to display her shortcomings to the world. Hopefully the voters will see right through this.

    September 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Bob, Virginia

    No surprise here. She's nothing but a gutless grifter.

    September 22, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Grahame Rhodes

    She really is a Sarah Palin clone ducking the media. Hope the republicans sink even further into their teapot What a bunch of clowns. Glen Beck indeed......Just another moron

    September 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Really?

    Sure.... It was all good when the national media was covering her in a positive light.... Now she has to answer serious questions and uses the media as a scapegoat.... Way to go Deleware... Vote for Crazy, the future of America.

    September 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. billy

    Typical hiding from America. She's completely afraid of being asked the hard questions and being held accountable for her misstatements.

    September 22, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    I agree with her, keep her politics local because actually we in other states won't elect whoever is running in Delaware anyway. Let them deal with this wack-job on their own. Tea Party candidates are making it common to run from the national media because they really have NO answers to what they will do if they are elected to office. And the ones who DO have what they think are answers are so out of the mainstream that they have a hard time defending them.

    September 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. BillE

    She won't face the media because she is just like Sarah Palin. Pretty with nothing between her ears but the howl of air passing through.

    September 22, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. jim

    Good for her. Put the people of Delaware first. The national media have decided to do a hatchet job on you in order to help their friends in the Democrat party.Let the people of your state what your campaign is all about. We need to send people to D.C. who like smaller government and don't mind saying "no" to out of control spending.

    September 22, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Haren

    They all wanted to sneaked thru back door.

    September 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. Clwyd

    I think you call it "Huff and Mouth Disease!" Better known as putting your foot in your mouth. Don't expect too much local interviewing either as this gal is a real bimbo!

    September 22, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. vic, Nashville TN

    Christine O’Donnell chose safe place to slam mainstream media the truth she doesn’t have answers . Tea Party candidates avoiding media affecting GOP

    This week local republican 30 years in party told us “we had chance now no past week news are not helping to attract independent’s votes” he went on say this I wish we lose this time come back in 2012 full strength. Tea party is not cooperating with us they want us to go their way .It will hard run House and senate

    He is right Tea party candidates running away from mainstream media except FOX why they can use media to sell explain their policy one thing they forget they are running for US senate

    September 22, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Haren

    If no appearance in national media than why don't she run for mayor of some city in Delaware.

    September 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Dave

    In other words, national interviews are off the table because she doesn't want to answer questions from that awful liberal media about her positions and her checkered past, and she doesn't want to face really tough questions about what color the sky is and whether she thinks the earth is flat.

    She would rather serve up lame platitudes with no substance, attack her opponents, and spew the usual teabagger garbage without having to answer for anything. Then again, O'Donnell has repeatedly demonstrated that she barely has the intellect needed to comprehend Dr. Seuss.

    Unfortunately, this is what Republicans have come to: running pathetic, self-righteous candidates who barely have enough brains to blink involuntarily and don't have an ounce of integrity, class, or insight. Seriously, don't you people ever get tired of looking like drooling idiots? O'Donnell is going to get trounced and it will be very amusing.

    September 22, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. La Piovra

    Have you ever noticed how these Tea Partyoid cutesy Republican ¥¥ run like hell from exposure to even nominally professional national press? They're running on their mean-girl charisma and the effect their panty fumes have on dirty old white males, and I am afraid their reputation is going to have a depressing effect on female participation in politics for some time. By the way, next time anyone says, WE THE PEOPLE, in that tone of voice, try asking them if they have a mouse in their pocket.

    September 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. J.P.

    Good job Christine! Stay focused on what matters. The national media will only try to tear you down with "gotcha" stories. Focus on your constituents and show them why you are the best choice for Delaware.

    September 22, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    The extreme-right wing must of successfully hi-jacked the local media and their editors. (They have in my area). How do they do this? Well they rave a substantial amount of money in their faces and tell those in charge of content, that if they show their candidate in a positive light and the opposing candidate in a weak or negative light, then they will get a lot of advertising revenue during the compaign. Note that advertising revenue is soft because of the lousy economy. This phenomina can be readily seen by visiting local media websites and noting who's advertising. Also, the blogs will be dominated by 'trolls' that agitate the 'commentary bloggers' with inflamatory comments and political rhetoric that has no 'substance'. Those blogs that HAVE substance are soon overcome and overwhelmed by the dogma. It's as simple as that!

    September 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Mack Spain

    If you are running to be a US senator,how can you not give national interviews,this woman is a fraud.

    September 22, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Me love you long time John McCain

    Poor little Christine,the Voodoo Doll,not a brain in her head and she fits right in with the wingnuts.

    September 22, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Laurie

    It's kind of like the vaudeville act when they pull you off stage with a cane around your neck. It seems that many of the Tea Party candidates have the same problem, they are so looney that someone decides to take them off the national stage so that they don't embarrass themselves or "the party" and just maybe salvage the election. Too bad, they have been providing a lot of comic relief.

    September 22, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I would never support anyone who doesn't have the integrity or fortitude to stand center front and face the world. People like O'Donnell can't be trusted and will throw Delaware under the bus to save her you know what.

    September 22, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Good for her. The national media just wants to use her for sensationalism, just as they did with Palin.

    Concentrate on speaking to your own voters, and talk about what you really want to work for, for the people of your state.

    September 22, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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