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. richard

    then she must worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster diety. all hail FSM, the one true diety. all that deny his existence shall go to tomato paste hell.

    October 2, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. PAUL

    Where the hell does she come from. A typical brain demented Tea Partier. What wackos.

    October 2, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Matt

    The media coverage of Christine O'Donnell has been shameful, although I'm not sure if it will get as pitiful as it did with Sarah Palin. Democrats are afraid to run on their record and are desperately distancing themselves from Obama/Reid/Pelosi, so they've resorted to bizarre stories such as this in an effort to discredit character/family/personality...you name it. They ignore her policies, as the media does with most Republicans, and focus on personal attacks to draw the public's attention away from what matters in an effort to support the liberal candidate. The farce that is Bill Maher has not surprisingly joined the circus, but he should focus on the political issues that matter like out of control government spending, a health care law that will be quite a negative surprise to people when it goes into full affect, and cap and trade that will hurt the economy (it shouldn't surprise anyone that other countries like China are all for the USA to implement cap and trade yet they won't follow suit because they know better).

    October 2, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Larry Bradenton, FL

    What a TWIT!

    October 2, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. donna

    You keep picking on her and she'll win Delaware with sympathy votes.

    October 2, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. dina

    How stupid can this woman get but on the other hand what is a better reason to choose a religion than for its food.If you are carnivorous, become a Catho,ic.If you are a veggie, become a Buddist. What abut Prostestans, maybe casseroles, and the UNitarians, well they probably eat air. Go O'Donnel, keep saying stuid things. You can't have gottenmuch smarter over the past ten years.

    October 2, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Liz the First

    Now there's a reason to follow a religion. makes about as much sense as everything else she's said so far, which is none.

    October 2, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. ingrid

    Why do people keep implying Obama is a "self-proclaimed Marxist"? He never happen proclaimed himself as such. I think people who say that are just as crazy as O'Donnell who lies about her education. All fantasty. In fairness, her joking she became a christian because of the food, is just silly. I think we all know she must have been trying to be funny. Granted it is not that funny, but so what.

    October 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. perplexed

    she IS a meatball pasta for brains too

    October 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Discernment

    It is ilk like Christine O'Donnell that gives both Christianity and the Republican-GOP a bad name.

    October 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    GOPers be proud. You put a nimrod (W) in the White House and it has encouraged every twit to run for office.

    October 2, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Gianni

    Why would any American vote for a candidate who doesn't know herself, she's emotional, and as clueless as those who find she has a position unique in its vision and purpose. I was born in Italia, and my family, friends, and restaurants never made or sold a meat ball.

    October 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Joleen in Vegas

    I just don't get what you so-called compassionate, progressive elitist types have against this remarkable, blisteringly intelligent girl. Oh, I get it, you have to go back to some different century to find your dirt to smear this all over this beautiful christian flower. Don't you get it? She was barely out her middle-school salad days when she went on the Bill Maher's gossip show. I mean, she was talking about how she loves meatballs. To me that's adorable! That sounds just like what a young, healthy child would say. "Oh, and I like playing dress up and I love Pizza and Meat Balls and my Hollie Hobby. We pretend we're witches and monks and nuns!" She was just a immature kid looking for a god to worship and having great fun doing it. Luckily, just luckily, she picked the one with the only true God. Leave her alone!

    October 2, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. billinpa

    She's an insult to meatballs everywhere.

    October 2, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Chris Coons isn't any more a Marxist than the Fox News talking head who keep repeating this (knowing full well the actual context). It was a joke in a piece he wrote for his college paper, referring to how his Republican friends perceived him after returning from Africa. The guy was chief counsel for Gore-Tex for the largest portion of his professional life, not exactly a radical hot-bed, and he has degrees from Yale Divinity and Yale Law. Also, when he was asked to comment on O'Donnell's bizarre TV appearances, her problems with the IRS and paying her mortgage and lying about her education he said the voters were interested in jobs and fiscal responsibility, not old news about the candidates. In other words the guy seems to be a class act, unlike the lying sacks on Fox.

    October 2, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. Jon Coolidge

    So, she freely admits she chooses and rejects religions based on convenience. This flies in the face of both logic and ethics.

    October 2, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. LMD

    Saw her on a local news broadcatss last night and she evaded and avoided all questions about here finances. Now I see where she equates religion to meatballs? Seriously,if there are any out there who consider voting for her,please call your doctor right away and tell him.her you need to seek help!!!

    October 2, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Indy

    I could not care less about what she said on any TV show. What really counts is that she lies and that is not funny. The biggest and most famous liar in America is Sarah Palin and she endorsed some just like her in O' Donnell and for that reason she is not fit for senate. It is high time to quit rewarding liars with high power positions.

    October 2, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Carol

    She became a Christian because of her love of Italian food?

    Funny, I became a Christian because of my love of Jesus Christ.

    October 2, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. damabl

    What a piece of work.
    Just like Bush & Palin, this is the best the Republicans can come up with.

    October 2, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. kd

    Republicans, c'mon ON – you gotta get better poster people for your cause. O'Donnell and Palin = Dumb and Dumber

    October 2, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. dave_in_altmar

    Ok, I had already gotten the whole "Flying Spaghetti Monster" paradigm, so this "Holy Meatball" thing seems pretty much religion-as-usual...

    October 2, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. marc in california

    dan quayle, james stockdale, sarah palin, and now christine o'donnell. The dummy bar just keeps getting lower and lower.

    October 2, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. JohninTampa

    It is silly cherry-picking quotes from a comedy show 11 years ago, but Ms. O'Donnell needs to put it in that context by saying NOW in all seriousness what her position is on these specific quotes. If she does not repudiate them specifically, then there is reason to think she actually meant them and still lives by them.

    October 2, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. JohnH

    the reason that CNN doesn't say anything about her political positions is that they are incredibly flimsy. Believe me, that would do her more harm than good. Besides, political elections in Delaware don't usually make a lot of national splash–she is the exception because like her buddy Sarah she is a joke. Can't believe conservatives are supporting this woman–can't you find a serious person to stand up for your beliefs? Do you have to have these clowns represent you? Doesn't speak well for the conservative movement in America. Doesn't speak well for America period.

    October 2, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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