October 6th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell meets with Cornyn in DC

Washington (CNN) - CNN has learned that Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell came to Washington on Wednesday to meet with National Republican Senatorial Chairman John Cornyn. It was their first face-to-face meeting since her upset victory 22 days ago.

A senior NRSC official told CNN that O'Donnell met with Cornyn at NRSC headquarters, and agreed that a top NRSC aide would go to Delaware on Thursday to sit down with her campaign advisers to help with budgetary and other items.

It is no secret that Cornyn and other GOP leaders were not happy that O'Donnell beat Rep. Mike Castle, whom they considered much more likely to take the seat out of Democratic hands.


The NRSC has only given O'Donnell a minimal amount of money, and senior officials there have been critical of the fact that she waited so long to use money she raised elsewhere to run television ads. O'Donnell is also between 16-19 points behind her Democratic opponent, according to recent polls, which makes an infusion of national party money less likely.

O'Donnell had been set to meet with Cornyn shortly after she won her Sept. 14 primary, but she cancelled the meeting, saying she had a scheduling conflict and had to return to Delaware.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • John Cornyn • NRSC
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    Yet she won't sit down with the press so voters can hold her accountable...

    October 6, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. vic, Nashville TN

    Advice Christine O'Donnell don’t listen to Palin face mainstream media fill the air you will be better

    October 6, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    I hope she's not measuring for drapes or looking at furniture like miller from AK did while he visited DC.
    These people are dangerous to their States and to our country.
    I am sure the rethugs will put their tails between their legs and welcome her because she is all they have. What a bunch of lunatic candidates they ended up with. Is steeler still riding around with the retard from AK?

    October 6, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Christine met with a person even more phony than she is!!!

    John Cornyn: "I never met a bill I could vote yes on and then take credit for the bill later."

    October 6, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. cat

    She is really not my cup of Tea. I ask every one to PLEASE Vote..But.. PLEASE DONT VOTE REPUBLICAN OR TEA PARTY (in any form) on 02 November 2010. If the Republican leadership wins, We the people lose. because we have delivered our government into the hands of the Corporations. The people because of a few will have no power even thou it wont seem as that at first but later Laws will be passed in the name of Pro -Life. And in a twisted CONGRESS and SENATE filled with these R.I.N.O.S of the people= Traitors of the people who have sold their souls for riches or so it seems. These Corporations Will make lots of money A woman who has a miscarriage will be charged for involuntary manslaughter and she will have to prove her innocence even if it was her worries in life and the hard work SHE ENDURES she does not get paid sick leave or vacation leave and she has another child who she also must care for. Because there will be no more unions and no more laws to protect those who are not rich. Everything will be privatized and if you have no money you will die in the gutter or you will maybe die in the prisons where The Peoples tax payer dollars are being funneled into. And as the the Corporations greed increases so does the price of good and services and so will the Tax dollars you owe. They will take you social security regardless of what you say and your future generations will suffer they will have a universal privatized health care system but the peoples tax dollars wont have to pay (THAT IS THE TRICK) the people will pay out of their own pocket and if they don’t have the money they can be denied medical care. The Corporations own the Government and THE PEOPLE have no POWER. Beware of the shrinking Government.

    October 6, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Note to Dems/liberals: She's toast, ergo, no longer at all relevant. Ignore this MSM distraction. The ad nauseum reporting on O'Donnell is just an effort to appear balanced while they post myriad stories selling the narrative that there's a big power shift in the works. They've been selling it since they purposefully helped the Teatards gain fame, credibility and membership with ad nauseum airtime for them despite them being a teeny weeny portion of the population when they started...they had big money backers like Armey and the Koch suckers, so CNN and the rest ate it all up without a thought for whether anything they said had any substance or merit.

    October 6, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Annie, Atlanta

    What ever happened to her getting out on the campaign trail and talking to the people of Delaware? Is that beneath her, or what. Can they not keep her in the style for which she has become accustomed? How much money are the DC insiders going to come up with for her to keep? What ever happened to the Republican Party? I've watched them turn to garbage right before my eyes. Are the Dems going to head that way too? Is greed the only answer? Do you know foreign nations are contributing to the US Chamber of Commerce, who is doling out money to GOP candidates from a mutual fund where this foreign money is mingled? Has the Chamber become useless to our democracy? Oh so many questions. Where are the answers. Our media certainly doesn't feel the need to keep us informed these days.

    October 6, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. FREEDOM

    All of you Democrats are so mean. I mean I don't hear you complaining when your representatives (mostly Dems) refuse to hold town hall meetings!!! Mrs. O'Donnell will go to the press when the time is right. GO O'DONNELL!!! FREEDOM FROM THE TYRANTS (Obama, Pelosi, and Reid)!!!

    October 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. DIANA

    I guess since she can't go to DC any other way, she might as well go on the donors dime. I'm glad Delaware is smart enough not to vote this woman in. Goes to show a pretty face only gets you so far.

    October 6, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. proud dem in nc

    It's amazing that people think this wacko is even remotely qualified for the Senate. " I became a Christian because I like meatballs" Enough said!!!!!

    October 6, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    He wants the campaign funds back before she takes off to Neiman's like the grizzly grifter did!

    October 6, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. tcaros

    The corporate owned media outlets, Fox Noise and Turner's CNN ragtag blog have been really playing it up on O'Donnell. This is very much like the McCain election where "Joe the Plumber" and "The Straight Talk Express" dominated the news reporting. Where did Joe end up? How about the Straigth Talk Express.. it got flat tires?
    Same thing here; O'Donnell, Palin, Angle, or whoever will be sittin on the sidelines while the Democrats move forward and fix 8 years of GW Bush's disasterous rule.

    October 6, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. MaryAngeline

    All that money that flowed in after she won the primary should keep her in fine style until her next campaign after she looses this race!! Has she ever really worked at a "real" job? She seems to be the perennial candiate, always running. How many loses does it take for her to realize that she is not electable! She's not quite as nauseating as Sweet Sarah, but she's close.

    October 6, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Susan

    Actually, the NRSC gave her the maximum it could after she was nominated. And CNN wonders why nobody watches them any more.

    October 6, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Ruby

    Someone please throw a bucket of water on this witch.

    October 6, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. John

    I sure hope the people of Delaware are smart enough NOT too vote this nut case in office.

    October 6, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. monasterymonkey

    Getting advice from Cornyn is probably the last thing a novice candidate should do. He is one of the leading weasels in the GOP (Goofy Opposition Party).

    O'Donnell is not spending campaign funds because her future looks bleak and plans to use the contributions for her own personal use.

    Keep sending her money you pathetic FOOLS!

    October 6, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. jillib

    Hey, I thought Ms. O'Donnell was going to shy away from the national stage and focus on Delaware...why is she hanging out in DC and not scheduling any local events. Once a liar, always a liar. Soon to be a real loser too.

    October 6, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Christine O'Donnell came to Washington on Wednesday to meet with National Republican Senatorial Chairman John Cornyn..."

    And she better take a GOOD LQQK at it because that will be her LAST – she will NEVER work there – she's through – and from now on she better get a job because there will be NO MORE campaign money to live off of!!!!!

    DEmocrats in DE – Thank you for STATING the CASE and meaning it and STICKING to the BASE – DE will remain BLUE!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 6, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Beyond a bit of comedy, I wonder why this nitwit gets any media attention at all. Her campaign was doomed long before she spent her own money on an ad that started "I'm not a witch" – probably the funniest statement a politician has ever uttered in the history of American politics.

    I wonder why the Republicans would even consider giving this sure-loser a dime. I guess they are not as fiscally prudent as they say.

    October 6, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Delaware Voter

    Christine O'Donnell has decided that she does not need to campaign in our state. She has no appointments on her calendar and is unreachable by any media representatives. Christine O'Donnell has decided she simply needs to use the funds donated to her by people outside of our state. Christine, I have a big news flash for you. Delaware voters will not be influenced by outside sources and spots on commercial airtime. Delaware voters are funny that way. You go ahead and go for the big time publicity, but you will be doing it as a civilian. You are not going to be elected here. You have no substance. Let me just say one thing more. You represent yourself as a Christian, yet you have told some huge lies in the course of your campaign. If you are a true Christian, surely you have heard "Thou shalt not bear false witness". If you can't place it, let me refresh your memory. It's one of the Ten Commandments that you purport to hold so dear. Maybe you should take a good look in the mirror at what you have become.

    October 6, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. patnamm

    politics as usual, Christine?

    October 6, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. patnamm

    so much for blasting backroom deals in Washington

    October 6, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Jerry

    I think she needs to use some magic dust and go poof.

    October 6, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Mike Chino Hills, Ca

    She's a witch, an Ivy League college graduate, and much more..... But never a Senator.

    October 6, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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