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. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    You know, if she had said "I am a witch," I think I would vote for her. Seriously. I mean, Italy once elected a famous porn star to parliament, so why can't we have a witch?

    October 5, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. Malt

    O'Donnell isn't the perfect candidate. She has said some dumb things. But, she is much better than Coons. Coons has said outrageous Maxist/anti-business things that aren't as fun to 'attack' as 'looking at witchcraft'. Sorry, Coons is just too kookie.

    O'Donnell is by far the best choice–no matter how the media tries to paint her.

    October 5, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Doug

    I think this woman is ill informed if she thinks that she is honestly just like us "normal" folks. And another thing that upsets me about this woman is that she is using the ultra conservative coattails of the tea party movement in order to gain popularity....sick!

    October 5, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  4. Bill

    Ok, I guess maybe she's not a witch then... Too bad. Just when I was begining to think the tea party was establishing a new-age "occult" aristocracy (complete with secret handshakes etc.). I thought she was going to introduce some new pagan pork bill in congress. What a let-down.

    Then again, perhaps she is lying and will cast a spell on Nancy Peolsi and turn her into a frog...

    October 5, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  5. Julie C

    No Christine, you are NOT me or any other normal human being. Your are a fringe loonie who should have no place in politics. You actually believe that being gay is curable! It's unbelievable to me that you could actually get even one vote. You are proof that voting out of anger is a dangerous thing.

    October 5, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. thomas

    She is a prim example of how far our education system has regressed !
    How can we as a country compete in a complex world when we elect candidates that are clueless.

    October 5, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  7. John

    Wow how can anybody vote for republicans look who they elect THIS IS A JOKE!!! At a time like this we have to elect REAL people that can solve problems WHAT A SHAME!!!

    October 5, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  8. Edwin

    She's not me. She's nothing like me. Why does she think she can say that? It's arrogant and simplistic.

    October 5, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  9. Tam

    "None of us IS perfect." If she graduated from wherever she said she did, she should know. She's not a witch, but she's also nothing at all.

    October 5, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  10. Amused

    Bwa hahaha! I will stir your brains into my steaming pot of mystery soup!

    October 5, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  11. jp

    I don't think she's a witch. That's not the issue for me. Personally I think we all do silly things when we're young, and if we don't go down the wrong path at leas a little, how can we be sure when we eventually end up on the right path? But just imagine if a Democrat or even Obama had made such a statement and how the Right would be all over them about it. It's the hypocrisy that I can't stand.

    October 5, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  12. George B from Ohio

    'I am not a witch' ... this has to be the most hilareous campaign slogan of all time ... you can't make this stuff up folks.

    October 5, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  13. josh

    she's full of it,she's a witch allright.you can see the devil in her eyes.she's a demon lover devil worshiping witch.nobody should vote for this lying moron.if she gets elected shes going to turn the white house into a satanic church.and have sex on the desks with nanci pelosi.please dont vote for her.

    October 5, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. steven harnack

    OK she just insulted me big time! Whatever you are you sure as hell are not like me, never in your wildest dreams!

    October 5, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  15. Moe, NY

    I believe you are not a witch, but I do think you are a real B itch. How dare you say, or imply that you are like me, what an insult. I pay my taxes, I pay my mortgage, I pay my bills....I do not live beyond my means. I hope Washington never sees the likes of you. I am an American citizen, and I approve this message.

    October 5, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. Epidi

    You're me? Well, I'm a witch, LOL! Dabbling does not a witch make. And they are NOT Satanists, they do not believe in Satan. Even Satanists do not worship Satan. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

    October 5, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  17. Peasant #3

    She turned me into a newt!

    October 5, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  18. runner305

    OK...let's see. It's been proven already that this woman is a compulsive liar, out of touch with reality, hasn't had a "real job" in many years. She's irresponsible with money in her own life. Totally backwards in her views about religion, sex, ...everything. So.......the real mystery is: why is she still even being considered for any type of political job?

    October 5, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  19. Jim Wilson

    "I am not a witch." Gee, that sounds familiar. But wait....oh, Nixon WAS a crook. I am sure that Trixie there has a broom in her closet with thousands of miles on it.

    October 5, 2010 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  20. Jeff

    Well. So much for the Wiccan vote.

    October 5, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  21. Ituri

    The very idea that she feels she must defend herself as "not" being a witch... meaning she BELIEVES WITCHES EXIST... is so ridiculous I can hardly find words to express the stupidity.

    October 5, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  22. John

    No one thinks you're really a witch, and the clips on Bill Mahr's show don't prove you are. What they do prove, though, is that you are an idiot who has no business holding public office. I'd like to personally thank you for ensuring the Democrats retain control of the Senate this year.

    October 5, 2010 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  23. Sensible Joe

    No, Christine O'Donnell, you are not me. I don't go around lying about my educational credentials and claiming I attended colleges I never did. I don't have a cloud of suspicion over misspending campaign donations on personal expenses hanging over my head because I work for a living to earn my own money to pay my own bills. And I don't want to control what goes on in other people's bedrooms. So no, Christine O'Donnell, you are not me - and you're not the majority of normal, well-adjusted, thinking Americans who aren't swallowing your Kool-Aid.

    October 5, 2010 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  24. Christopher P

    Of course she hasn't committed all of her funding towards a media blitz. She's gonna need that money to pay her living expenses, which won't stop just because she lost yet another election.

    October 5, 2010 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  25. Spoonless Eddie, CT, USA

    "I am not a witch" suggests that witches actually do exist. A more reassuring remark would have been "There is no such thing as a witch." But somebody will vote for her anyway, as vacuous as she is. Don't you just know it?

    October 5, 2010 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
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