September 29th, 2010
05:28 PM ET
8 years ago

O'Donnell: God kept me in politics

(CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell said Wednesday God is the reason she didn't give up on politics after her failed 2008 Senate bid.

"God continued to strengthen and empower us," O'Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). "If it weren't for faith when all logic said it's time to quit, we pursued, we marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit."

O'Donnell, who has said she will no longer speak to the national media, continues to receive nationwide attention for controversial comments she made in the 1990s.

In the interview that aired on CBN's "The Brody File," O'Donnell said she wants the Constitution to be "the litmus test for all legislation."

"If that were the case, we wouldn't have Obama care, we wouldn't have cap-and-trade, we wouldn't have this financial so-called reform," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell will face Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons in the November election.

For more on politics and religion see CNN's Belief Blog.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Jess C

    Again, anyone who votes for this idiot validates Bill Mayer's assertion that people are generally stupid. Hard to believe she's a serious candidate. This is a disgrace to America; not to mention highly irresponsible. Talk about "taking our country back"? It needs to be ripped from these right-wing fringie freaks. Funny how universities are labeled "liberal" by the righties. Must mean that "liberal" equates to educated. Better to be part of that crowd than be associated with O'Donnell who has a history of dabbling in witchcraft. Wake up voters; the Dark Ages are long gone!

    September 29, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. rdepontb

    Yes, a true gift from God.


    September 29, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Sonny Bastrop

    This is a shining example of the desperation in the Tea Party. This woman has no clue about any substantive issues, just the conservative talking points. Voting for this person is both a comment on your own intelligence and your judgment.

    September 29, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. njcv

    People have to understand the code words of the tea party. When they say "constitution" just substitute in the word "Bible" to understand what they are actually saying. Maybe they understand the Bible (i doubt it) but they definitely have no understanding of the Constitution (they just think they do because they read it out loud at a tea party).

    September 29, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Lucas Breen

    I am moving to Delaware so I defend the good name of Jesus Christ ... by voting against this bean head.

    BTW.. The new Tea Party slogan: "Throw the Bums In!"

    September 29, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Bush wouldn't talk to the national media, nor does Palin. That's buzz for don't talk to anybody likely to ask you a question that will make you think and subsequently out you for the boob you are. You have to know the Christian Broadcasting Network isn't going to ask her anything substantive other that what she had for breakfast.

    September 29, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. steven harnack

    I'll bet you dollars to dog do that she has no idea what would be constitutional and what wouldn't be but I'm sure a Wall St. or corporate lawyer/lobbyist would be glad to write some bills for her.

    September 29, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Shelly

    Folks, we are moving back to the Dark Ages. with the right wing loons. They cannot discuss issues relevant today ,so they keep bringing up God, witchcraft and the Constitution. Because if you say those words enough they sound like experts to some mini brained folks. CONSTITUTION, CONSTITUION, she knows it . NOT!!!!

    September 29, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. rs

    She doesn't know what she is doing or what she stands for by by God she is going to do it. Meet the new Republicans.... then run away!

    September 29, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Bob

    Has she EVER had a job? People rag on Obama for "lack of executive experieice", but what has this woman done to qualify her for the US Senate? The duck-and-run act on the national media makes a lot of sense for her, since they'll probably ask unfair questions like, "What are your qualifications to be a US Senator?"

    September 29, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. opAZ


    it scares me to think that americans are still naive to believe people who invoke god's name just so they can be elected to office.

    dubya did a good job on that and look where he brought us into.


    September 29, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Jack

    The irony of some in the GOP is they are so against any interference in private lives by the Federal gov't and then insist on amending the Constitution to have the gov't intrude into private lives. Examples: They want an amendment defining marriage; They want an amendment preventing abortions. In essence they want the Federal gov't involved in private, personal matters. It used to be so nice when religion and politics were separate.

    September 29, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Squealy

    Sooooo tired of right wingnuts thinking they have a monopoly on God. Start behaving like God would (ie. have compassion and generosity towards those not as fortunate as you) and then maybe I'll believe God has your number on speed dial. Til then it ain't flying. Some speak, others DO!

    September 29, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    Pretty sure it was her checking account that told her to stay in politics since she cannot seem to hold down a job.

    September 29, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. S. in California

    Well, unlike the republicans I don't THINK I have the moral right to question anyone's personal relationship with God. However, the Bible does not condone witchcraft. The Bible says that anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:10-12; 2 Kings 21:6; Micah 5:12; Isaiah 47:12; Ezekiel 13:18, 20; Acts 8:11-24; Leviticus 20:27; Exodus 7:11; Revelation 9:21; 22:15).

    September 29, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Jim

    "If it weren't for faith when all logic said it's time to quit...... Please use logic.
    People like her scare me. They replace logic, reason, and sanity with BS. When will their madness end?

    September 29, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess "God" told O'Donnell to lie about her education background, I guess it was "God" that told her to practice witchcraft, I guess it was "God" who told her it's OK to steal. If so, her so-called God is one I never want to know.

    September 29, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Marcus

    Of course God wanted her to be in politics... She's still alive and has a functional brain so she can do whatever she is allowed to do by law, like vote and be voted. That's how God wanted to be where she is now, by letting make her own decisions and deal with them (just like pretty much everybody else in the world BTW).

    September 29, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Shannon

    Did god tell her to steal from her campaign and lie about her education. Two universities have come forward to say she never was enrolled with them, even though she listed it on her resume. She has also lied repeatedly about when she graduated from college. I wonder if god told her to stiff her former employees, or not pay her bills. This wonan is insane, I wonder when god will tell her that.

    September 29, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. they call me "tater salad"

    I don't think God played as much of a role in your repeated, failed attempts at winning public office as stupidity and ignorance did, so don't go selling yourself short Christine...............You might as well grab your 15 minutes as Sarah Palins "mini-me" while you can! Thats one train that's sure to be leaving the station sooner or later so get it while you can I guess!!!!

    September 29, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. pccel

    She's doing national media all right; only she selects the national media that won't ask her any difficult questions that she can't or won't answer; why would any one vote for a candidate that does have the guts to face the national media; she looked foolish when she cancelled the Sunday talk shows at the last minute using a flimsy excuse.

    September 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. sheppard

    I don't care that she feels God kept her in politics... although I might wonder what I was being punished for. All kidding aside, that she says she won't talk to the national media is what concerns me. If this woman is that thinned skinned, or that afraid, why would anyone think she would or could stand up for her constituents? A totally bizarre, though somewhat less hateful lil sarah clone.

    September 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. StrategicBob

    and who says God has no sense of humor.

    September 29, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. PacificView

    Must be a new religion, God is the TP Express and outside campaign $. Amen.

    September 29, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. George of the jungle

    Make up your mind witches or christians. Glad it's not the president who said any of this. They want to fry him because odf his name and this bimbo talks about being a witch. You sure can pick them. See palins kid got picked up for being under age in a bar. Nice family values there. The repos just keep getting better. Lets all use prostitues and fly around on brooms. Maybe she also has a maid who she doesnt know is illegal. What a bunch of phoney hipocrats they all are. If you vote for them you will get what you deserve.

    September 29, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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