October 4th, 2010
09:12 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell: 'I am not a witch'

Washington (CNN) – Playing off of her admission that she dabbled in witchcraft in high school, Delaware Senate Republican nominee Christine O'Donnell will launch her first television ad of the general election on Tuesday, in which she looks straight into the camera and tells the audience "I am not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I am you."

The last part of that line clearly references some of the unflattering information that has come to light in the last few weeks about O'Donnell, including inconsistencies in what she has said about her education and her personal and business financial problems.


In an effort to make herself accessible O'Donnell says, "None of us are perfect."

Tea Party backed candidate then transitions in the ad to her core message that change is needed in Washington.

"None of us can be happy with what we see all around us. Politicians who think spending, trading favors and back-room deals are the ways to stay in office."

She finishes the ad vowing to "...go to Washington and do what you'd do. I'm Christine O'Donnell, and I approved this message. I'm you."

The ad, which was taped last week, begins airing Tuesday morning statewide, a source with knowledge of the ad strategy tells CNN. Because Delaware doesn't have its own television market campaigns have to buy time in Philadelphia and Salisbury, Maryland to cover the state. While refusing to disclose an exact amount, the source says it is a "substantial buy."

National Republicans had criticized the O'Donnell campaign for waiting this long to go up with paid advertising since it had raised more than two million dollars since her upset victory last month in the primary over Rep. Mike Castle.

When asked whether more ads would run this week, the source said they "could very well."

Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and Democratic Senate candidate Chris Coons will participate in a nationally televised debate on CNN on Oct 13th. The debate will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's The Situation Room.

– CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Yes sweetie, yes you are. You are a scary little nut and I hope you are sent to political obscurity.

    October 4, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Jamie

    She's not a witch. She has no clue about witches or the earth-based faith they practice – a peaceful, tolerant faith that had nothing to do with the description of so-called witchcraft she claims to be a part of. There is absolutely no Satanism involved in witchcraft. Only Christians believe in Satan. Witches and wiccans do not. She doesn't know much about Hare Krishnas either, but that's another story.

    October 4, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Any attractive young woman with an anti establishment message will be trashed, disrespected, ridiculed, slandered and verbally maligned by the liberal press and the far left of the democratic party. O'Donnell and Palin and any other conservative candidate should wear the disdain as a badge of courage and honor. If you draw liberal vulgar criticism, then you are doing it right.

    October 4, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Brian

    No, you are not me. I am not a psycho nutbag.

    October 4, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. AGeek

    Throw 'er in a pond! See if she floats! ..or if she turns the pond into a giant cup of tea.

    October 4, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. jb60

    She is not a witch. Witches have brains and she seriously lacks one.

    October 4, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Tony

    Christine O'Donnell said in the ad: ""I am not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I am you."

    She just lost the votes of any self-respecting Republicans who do not consider themselves idiots.

    October 4, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Mary

    Not only is she a witch but she's an IDIOT too.

    October 4, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Dina K.

    She's not a witch just as Obama is not a Muslim.

    October 4, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. LouAz

    I am not looking for a State Senator that is perfect. I want one that knows the difference between a Liebnez derivative and a GoldmanSachs derivative. Knows what NATO stands for. Has read the Dred Scott decision. Not some unemployed wandering waife that has no history of how to get along with others that may not agree with her so collectively they can get something done. So far you have not demonstrated you know a single thing about how the Federal Government of the USA works.

    October 4, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Don W.

    Wow! This crazy lunatic thinks that she has a chance of becoming a senator? You have got to be kidding, right?! ID, aka intelligent design has been debunked as a science and was proven to be nothing more than a lame attempt by the religious wingnuts to force their hideous beliefs down our throats.

    October 4, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Marge

    Course not or she could make herself smart instead of stupid. But then who ever heard of a smart republican they seemed to have all lost their brains back in the Reagan administration and not one of them have found them yet.

    October 4, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. barry

    She has plenty of money. The media and liberals may hate her but Conservatives got their check books out to support her.

    October 4, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. bill

    She might not be a witch, but she sure talks like an idiot.

    October 4, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Jack

    Oh, come on. Won't she need all that money to pay off her other debts....

    October 4, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. GL

    This woman is a very sick person.

    October 4, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. GL

    National Republicans had criticized the O'Donnell campaign for waiting this long to go up with paid advertising since it had raised more than two million dollars since her upset victory last month in the primary over Rep. Mike Castle. Why that because she have already used some of the money to pay her bills. Now that all her bills are paid, she can spend the rest on stupid ads like this one.

    October 4, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Bill Maher

    During the Salem witch trials of the 1690's, they had a test to tell them if a woman was a witch or not. They would throw her into a pond or lake, and if she floated, she was a witch and was then burned at the stake. If she didn't float, she drowned and was not a witch. Care to take the test, Christine?

    October 4, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  19. Mike Chino Hills

    It appears to me that Ms. O'Donnell is a little nutts. She lies about her college backround, she is weak minded to cult like beliefs.

    October 4, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  20. todd

    The Communist News Network has violated my free speech rights. May the true freedom fighters (our military) drop bombs on the whitehouse!

    October 4, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  21. Hangar 13

    Is there one Democrat anywhere running a campaign based on his or her position on substantive issues? They've done a good job of keeping their opponents on the defensive, answering one scurrilous charge after another, but I haven't seen one talking about things that matter. Oh yeah, all their positions are wildly unpopular, almost forgot for a minute there.

    October 4, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  22. CathyinAZ

    No one said she was a witch – SHE made the claim she dabbled in witchcraft. I object to Ms. O'Donnell because of her politcs and her ideas. Think carefully Delaware before casting your vote because you will be stuck with her until the next election.

    October 4, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Hitobito

    Christine O'Donnell is definitely not your average American. She lies, experimented with witchcraft and has been religious anti-masturbation zealot. She is a deadbeat, very mediocre nobody. Get out of town Christine because you are not terribly intelligent, definitely not well educated and if you keep eating like you do, will be a fat pig.

    October 4, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Terry

    I'm not sure we need a bunch of average Joes or Joannes running this country.

    October 4, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. marc in california

    Sure you're not a witch!!!

    October 4, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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