October 2nd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell and meatballs

(CNN) – Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she tried "every other kind of religion," including witchcraft and Buddhism but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food.

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," O'Donnell said in an interview with Bill Maher in 1999. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."


The clip originally aired on Maher's show "Politically Incorrect" on July 9, 1999, and ran again Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher." It is the third clip Maher has aired of O'Donnell since she won the GOP's Senate nomination in Delaware last month. O'Donnell appeared on "Politically Incorrect" 22 times in the 1990s.

O'Donnell has been in the national spotlight the past few weeks for her controversial comments on religion, sex and witchcraft.

The most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely voters in Delaware released September 22nd had O'Donnell trailing her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons by 16 points.

The winner of the November election will fill the remaining four years of Vice President Joe Biden's Senate term. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman is currently the interim replacement.

The O'Donnell campaign did not return a CNN request for comment.

Bill Maher will be on CNN's John King, USA every night next week at 7 p.m. ET.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Please keep rolling out these clips Bill! At least one right wing nut won't get in this year! ERRR, I HOPE!

    October 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. chicagobob

    The people in Deleware have to ask themselves if they want the boot on their throat of harry reid and Pelosi with a democrat rubber stamp or if they want to break free ? The democrats with members like former klansmen Byrd or Kenedy drive off a bridge drunk and kill someone are you more interested in personal attacks or policy?

    October 2, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. sarahpalinisatwit

    O'Donnell is a whack job. No pun intended.

    October 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. American

    Thanks alot Teaparty. What the what?

    October 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Cyrus

    Yeah...Jesus was "Italian"! What a screwball!

    October 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Pat

    The woman is a nutcase - kinda like the octomom.

    October 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. timz

    The depth and breadth of this woman's intellect is staggering. Who could even consider voting against her?

    October 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Shame on Bill Maher. He should have put this stuff out there before the primary. Then this whack job would not have a chance to be elected.

    October 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. usualone

    Did she ever hear of Swedish meatballs. Even Chinese people have meat in the consistency of meatballs. This caliber of person is running for public office. It is pretty clear that American schools need improvement; of course, maybe she didn't graduate from any high school, maybe not even intermediate school.

    October 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. HenryMiller

    "...but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food."

    This is so delightfully absurd!

    I've never understood why people clutter up their minds with religion–it seems like such a profound waste of time and effort–but at least an appreciation for meatballs is something to which I can relate.

    October 2, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. wjmknight

    She loves meatballs..oh eyah...giggidy giggidy

    October 2, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Chris Matt

    Oh yeah, and I would have become a Republican, if only I could believe in them!

    October 2, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If I told my parents the reason why I became a Christian was because I love meatballs I would still be seeing a head doctor. Parents please don't expose your children to O'Donnell's becoming a Christian philosophy, they deserve better.

    October 2, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. TheTraveler

    "... but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food."

    Gads. I hate to see how her mental processes work on issues of any real importance to the electorate. Maybe she'd vote on critical issues based on her favorite color, or the color of the sky, or ...

    October 2, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Liberal hypocracy. Mahar and liberals advocate killing a fetus but sparing a murderer.

    Liberalism really is an unbalance state of mind.

    October 2, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Larry Linn

    Christine O'Donnell claims that God is running her campaign. If she loses, will she claim immaculate misconceptions?

    October 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Lili, FL

    I'm never running for office, cause if someone pulls something I said in 1999, I would be screwed!

    October 2, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. capnmike

    This woman is a fraud. She lied about her education (she NEVER attended Oxford, and one of the universities she has claimed to have attended has no record of her ever being there)...like the rest of the tea party nitwits, she's a liar and a fraud.

    October 2, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. timz

    Clearly this is just a silly statement and she's not being serious here. The big problem is that her "serious" statements don't really sound any different.

    October 2, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. phoenix86

    So Mahar, a has-been comic, is the voice of liberalism. Liberalism has really reached the bottom rung of the intellectual ladder.

    October 2, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. lunatics-r-us

    Meatballs is as meatballs does.

    October 2, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. kelly

    She's right on the issues and that's what is important. What someone said on a talk show for entertainment is just that.

    October 2, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Ruth

    Lying about her education is a much bigger deal.

    October 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Kevin

    The tea party folk who have called "RINO" Republicans un-American for the last 12 months and who threaten "second amendment remedies" against their fellow Americans make very unsympathetic victims.

    October 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Rob

    Republicans seem to be imploding as election nears.

    October 2, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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