October 21st, 2010
11:54 AM ET
8 years ago

O'Donnell regrets witch ad, reveals Halloween costume

(CNN) – It was the ad that launched a thousand parodies. Now Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she regrets her famous "I am not a witch" ad.

"I haven't publicly stated this and I don't know if I will get in trouble for saying that, but our intention was to kill [the witch story] and that's not what happened," she said in an interview with ABC News.

The ad in question, O'Donnell's first of the general election, launched earlier this month and featured the surprise Republican Senate nominee pointedly stating, "I am not a witch. I am nothing you've heard. I am you."

The ad immediately went viral, given its peculiar opening, and soon spawned several parodies – most notably one on Saturday Night Live. But perhaps most damaging for O’Donnell, the ad did exactly what her campaign was trying to prevent: keeping her witchcraft comments from 10 years ago in the headlines.

Ultimately, O'Donnell said she wants voters to think about her fiscal conservatism when they go to the polls, not the fact that "this is a woman who is not a witch."

Still, O'Donnell may keep the witch narrative alive for a few more days given her choice of Halloween costume:

"I was thinking about just going as Dorothy. I killed the witch, there you go!" she said.

UPDATE: GOP ad maker Fred Davis, who produced the commercial, had no comment regarding O’Donnell’s remarks.

In an interview last week with CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin, he said the goal of the ad was to personalize the candidate while not completely ignoring her past remarks.

“My goal was to give people the same impression of Christine O'Donnell, that I had the first second that I met her standing in a hotel lobby when we were trying to figure out where to go to dinner and I was very wary and she kinda won me over ....she was very nice,” Davis said. “She didn't sound crazy. She didn’t sound like witch. She didn't sound like any of those things, and I wanted the rest of the world to hear that as well.”

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. js007

    Yes, the best way to make voters forget about something is to keep talking about it. What a moron.

    October 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Not to worry girlie, you will have so many regrets on 11/3 this will not even make the radar.

    October 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. sassysticks53

    LOL! I don't know who's dumber, O'Donnell or Palin!

    October 21, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. pccel

    This just shows what a dim bulb she is that she did not realize that ad would only keep "the witch" theory going. How any one can think she is qualified to be a US Senator is beyone me.

    October 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Gee

    Poor fool, Christine needs to just hush. Every time she opens her mouth, something stupid comes out. I live in Delaware and I can't believe that the Tea Party is even involved here. We have racist people that live here, but lately, they are coming out of the woodwork like roaches. All up and down the state you see these signs, big and small. I can't wait until this election is over because people are getting out of control. The hate mongers are walking around with their signs, fist pumping in the air, spewing this crazy talk. What they are really doing is talking loud and saying nothing. November 2nd can't come fast enough.

    October 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. carlos

    oh boy, those humans with mice brains........only on the republiCONServative ranks.........surprised, do not be,

    October 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    So, do any of you geniuses still think the phrase "separation of church and state" are in the Constitution? If you do, then your a typical brainwashed Lib who gets their news from Comedy Central...

    October 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. cynthia from delaware

    @Tom in Delaware...
    Use your brain, what is she saying with that statement? She'll "go to Washington and do what you'd do".......
    – What "I" would do is add a public option to the Health Care bill so coverage would be affordable for all.
    – What "You" would do based on your comment is probably repeal it.
    – A third person probably likes it as is.

    If we all vote for her two of the three of us are being lied to. Saying "I'll do what you would do" is just a cheap ploy to appeal to everyone. Almost 1,000,000 people live in Delaware, she would need to be a witch to read all of our minds.

    Look at her actions not her words. You are voting for someone who "says" she's a fiscal conservative and a Constitutial Scholar with a doctorate from Clairmont instiute. Her actions show, her doctorate is from a religious institute not an accredited university. That instead of completing a traditional 6-7 years to get a doctorate, she got one in 7 days that is worth about as much as the piece of paper its written on. I don't expect most people to be able to tick of the amendments, but someone whose dedicated her student life to it's study and plans to make her senatorial decisions based on it should at least be familiar with the 1st, 14th, 16th, and 17th. Also most fiscal conservatives would consider someone that has not held a job in years, hasn't paid her bills, lived on credit, and campaign funds to be a deadbeat. If she can't handle her own money (or campaign funds) properly or ethically, you think it's a good idea to trust her with millions of dollars. Make an educated decision.

    October 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Honesty is refreshing....!.

    Don't be sorry Christine to set the record streight...Bill Maher wants to make American believe that in 2010 we have witchcraft among us....What Bill Maher accomlished with his clips to ridicule himself and the Country....

    Go! Christine O'Donnell all the way to Washington and fight for "We the People" !!!!!

    October 21, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Gobama

    Wow, if you thought that was funny, check her out in the latest debate at Widner University. She said the most idiotic things ever. The croud just laughed at her. She is clueless. The debate challenged her knowledge of the constitution and bill of rights. She could not find one intelligent point of reference despite many questions! She crossed her arms and said " sorry, I left my constitution at home" what???????

    October 21, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Gee

    Oh, and by the way, you don't have to put other people down to make yourself look good. I noticed that when Christine had the debate with Chris C she went after him with a quickness instead of talking about her own agena. But, I also noticed that Chris was very careful in not making Christine look bad, because some of the things she was saying, he could have really made her look really uneducated on the particular subject or questions that the moderator had asked. She started becoming overbearing and all over the place. Wow, I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. We know why this happens, normally when people do this kind of thing its because they want to take the subject/attention off of themselves. Do you feel sorry for Christine yet?

    October 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. All Weeweed Up

    Ms. O'donnell should regret not measuring up for this job for which she is running. The comedy writers DON'T regret her presence in the current spotlight. The one that REALLY worries me is that nutcase Sharon Clueless Angle. Please Grandma, go back to Leisure World and enjoy your govt. pension and benefits and please give us a chance to achieve what you have. You don't look Asian, Ms. Angle, you look close-minded stupid.

    October 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Reality Check

    Rickster, if you thought she won the debate where she admitted she doesn't even know what the 1st amendment says, then it's a small wonder why you, Charlie and Mr. Demoncrates are right wingers. It's because you are astoundingly stupid.

    October 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. carlos

    where does she work?, how does she pay her expenses?, oh, I forgot, she is on THOSE socialist government assistance programs just like all the tea tards and the dude in alaska who is also unemployed........and we, the hard working middle class are paying for them......THINK ABOUT IT VOTERS.

    FELLOW LATINOS......rise up and go vote, your tomorrow depends greatly on your contribution to the sane, civilized and intelligent society of which you are part of.

    October 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Matt S.

    Anybody ever think that Odonnell was placed by the republicans to make Sara Palin seem less stupid. Not Working.

    October 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Triple A

    I can see that the Left here still does not get it. One of the reasons Main Stream America is dumping you this election is because you all can no longer debate. It is all name calling and hate spewing. Of course the Right does it to but this year the Left seems to have shown their true colors. You all are for diversity as long as you think and believe what we believe. Lots of luck with that, America is onto you.

    October 21, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. gtsmoker

    There seem to be an inordinate amount of coverage of the Delaware election considering it's not a close race

    October 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Mike, Albany

    So the wicked witch of the east didn't foresee that such a silly ad would go viral and keep the "witch" issue alive and thriving more than ever. Even if she wasn't an extremist who is ignorant of the constitution, anyone who shows such poor judgment has no place in congress.

    October 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(real one)

    IF O'Donnell is the best the Republican party can offer America they are in serious trouble. I was browsing CNN's web site for a story on the hateful and vile ad put out by the very Conservative "Personhood Colorado" which has an initiative on the Colorado ballot that beside taking away a woman's freedom of choice, they want to take away ........ BIRTH CONTROL! This is a truly scary ad, depicting the President of the United States as the "angel of death"! It is the most hateful political ad I have seen in my 58 years of life!

    I have read all sorts of vile comments on this blog and others against President Obama, but the Colorado Conservative group's ad is pure........ evil. What I want to know is where are the GOP leaders who call themselves "Christians" why are they not condemning this hateful ad?

    When you go vote in NOvember vote NO for the Republicans, who promote hate, fear, lies and division. Who tell you that they are all about "protecting the U.S. Constitution" but want to amend several of its amendments, taking FREEDOMS away from us!

    October 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Arden

    For those of us who are pagan or consider ourselves "witches" this woman is extremely offensive. Firstly, pagans do not believe in the devil so her story of her first date on a "satanic altar" is skewed at best and ignorant at worst. Secondly if she was going through a time where she was looking into a new religion during her adolencence (which is scientificaly normal due to the brain development at the age) she should accept what she did. Using people like me as an ad slogan is just not alright in any way. She should educate herself instead of being so ignorant.

    October 21, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Tom in Delaware: Sir, actually you are wrong! The majority of Americans do not hate the Healthcare Bill! There was a poll conducted a couple of weeks ago by the Public Religion Research Institute that found that "55% of Independents and 79% of Democrats will support candidates that supported the Healthcare Bill" that's quite different from the LIE that the GOP-TeaPartiers keep telling us, that "America hates Obamacare"! The people polled were voters, not "likely voters" IF you think O'Donnell will make a great senator, you, sir, need your head examined!

    October 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Bill

    Amazing! For a country that values diversity tiy are all very monolithic in your views. The childish attacks on Ms. O'donnell and especially each other make me wonder what this country has come to. Do you all have your "slam" books handy?

    October 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Charles

    Witch? Maybe. Idiot? Certainly.

    October 21, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Do At The Polls

    Witches, gooblins and Nazi's OH MY! ...This is what the GOP offers.

    October 21, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Ann

    One of these days even the current supporters of Sarah Palin will publicly denounce her for foisting these crazy, incompetent, attention seeking extremesists like Christine O'Donnel in the public arena for her own personal gains.

    October 21, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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