October 28th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP leader to campaign for O'Donnell

(CNN) - Lamar Alexander, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, will make a campaign appearance Friday in Delaware with GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, CNN has learned.

The Tennessee senator is the first member of the Senate Republican leadership to appear with O'Donnell, according to an Alexander aide.

O'Donnell stunned and disappointed the GOP establishment when she beat Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary. Castle was considered a sure winner in the general election, but O'Donnell now trails her Democratic opponent Chris Coons by double digits.

So why campaign for her now?

Alexander "is known in the caucus for getting along with people from the right and left and he's always working to get everyone on the same page," said the Alexander aide.

"Christine O'Donnell's election will help provide a badly needed check and balance on a runaway federal government that has given us too much spending, too many taxes, too much debt, and too many Washington takeovers," Alexander said in a statement posted in the endorsements section of O'Donnell's campaign web site.

At the 9am event at Buckley's Restaurant in Centerville, Alexander will thank O'Donnell's volunteers and supporters and he will hold a press conference.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Lamar Alexander
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. shannon

    Is she going to snap her fingers at him like he's a dog, and then give him a shove, if he doesn't do her bidding. This is one classless woman.

    October 28, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Debbie from Arizona

    I hope this will be a case of – a little too little, a little too late.

    October 28, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    O'Donnell damaged herself without any help so in some "magical" way Alexander is going to put his head on O'Donnell's body and make it spin around. If I were Alexander's wife, I'd kick his you know what.

    October 28, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Anne P

    And with a straight face, really? That'd be pretty tough to pull off! O'Donnell is now just a pawn for the GOP to support to get their win; nothing more. They are reduced to no ethics whatsover. It would be ethical if they just admitted this woman is a farce and show how incredibly irresponsible it would be for her to hold a high office. The people of DE are smarter than this. Too many taxes, he says? I work for a small business and we are benefiting from the HIRE Act. Also, my income taxes were the lowest they've been in 2 yrs. I earn less than $80K. Where is this tax fear coming from? Oh, Fox News says it's so! How quick the GOP points the finger at the Dems; should look in the mirror to see who really created the economic fiasco we are slowly pulling out of. Had McCain won, we'd have had a depression for sure.

    October 28, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. cisco4

    The USA!.. A vast wasteland of backward idea movement...and T bone formations... Talking about football you all!..Now git out there and vote ..you all..

    October 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Moderate Sean

    Yes, Senator Alexander will hold a press conference, as the other idiot, the real candidate for DE's Senate seat, will either retreat to her "secure location" (a.k.a. Bunker), or be standing behind Alexander as he answers reporter's questions. No doubt though, she won't chime in one ioda, but rather stand there silently or be seen hitting one her aides when a tough questions is presented to the Senator that she feels is to ahrd or unfair! What a joke...

    October 28, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Charles W. Skinner

    Ok, the fact that the major Republican Senate establishment hasn't been out campaigning for O'Donnell from the MOMENT she won the primary should make the Republican establishment ashamed of itself. Had they been front and center supporting the candidate that THE PEOPLE CHOSE, she would be at least neck-and-neck in the polls. This is exactly why the Tea Party candidates are doing so well, because they are SHUNNING the establishment in DC, many of whom will find themselves out of a job in 2012 as the Conservative ascendancy continues, and the RINOs are flushed out of the undergrowth.

    October 28, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Tam

    Question - I thought you needed smarts to be an elected leader - street smarts or school smarts, or something. So how does someone like O'Donnell even get onto a ballot? Who agrees with her that her candidacy is a good idea? Who is brave enough to tell her "lady, forget it"? How do these people get so far? OK, the Shrub did, but he had daddy and puppeteers. WHo is behind Christine? We know the GOP pushed Sarah onto McCain, and he could not refuse?

    October 28, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Tam

    Now Alexander has shown us his smarts, eh?

    October 28, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. kenneth fusilier

    Somebody tell lamar alexander to cancell his travel reservations,please! Christine o'donnell have already lost the election. The only senate she will get is the one reserved for her on her broom•

    October 28, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Jacob

    what an embarrassment for Lamar Alexander!

    October 28, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    Nothing can help this piece of trash. What is wrong with the people of America and the republican party to put this garbage up for office?

    October 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Weeweed Up

    The only help that Lamar Alexander can provide Christine (absent a new brain) is to bring the potion that removes spells in case he's the target.

    October 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    WHHHHHYYYYYY????? I am afraid that O'Donnell is going to pull a PALIN and CNN will be right there reporting it!!!!!

    If NO ONE covers the event – NO one will care what is being said!!! The event will be about the RepubliCAN'Ts only – NO Democrats will attend but we will be FORCED to attend through the MEDIA.

    If you want to cover somebody that is WORTH electing – go to AK and give Scott McAdams some play!!! As quiet as it's kept – he just might pull it off and WIN AK!!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and who cares about O'Donnell!!!

    October 28, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. ugogirl

    Christie Odonnel is toast! This is the teaparty candidate that the GOP endorse and that will never be a sitting Senator. She does not even understand whats in the constitution period! She need to go back where she came from and return all unused campaign funds back to the people

    October 28, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Michael Jones

    From a presidential hopeful to stumping for crazy witch. Lamar, what happened?

    October 28, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    What do you ecpect from some southerner named Lamar. They are in trouble and need to have her win . Now they have no choice. Vote all repos out.

    October 28, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. Amelia

    Good. Its about time the Republicans got behind Christine in a more public manner. Delaware needs Christine O'Donnell. Vote for her!

    October 28, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Seriously, this woman's lack of intelligence scares the hell out of me. Anyone who would hitch their wagon to this run away train should be checked to see if they have had a stroke recently. If I were a Delaware Republican I would be ashamed.

    October 28, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    At the 9am event at Buckley's Restaurant in Centerville, Alexander will thank O'Donnell's volunteers and supporters and he will hold a press conference.

    I think she should hold it in Cantorville. Isn't that where the witches, ghosts and goblins hang out? Loser.

    October 28, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. AB

    Lamar Alexander should not waste him time supporting Christine O'Donnell at this late date. His help and endorsement would not do O'Donnell any good. Her campaign is doomed and even Karl Rove and other Republican officials know this. That's why the Republican Senatorial Committee isn't spending alot of money on this losing campaign.

    October 28, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Riely

    Lamar Alexander is a great man, and great senator. He should run for president!!!

    October 28, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. AB

    Lamar Alexander should not waste his time supporting Christine O'Donnell at this late date. His help and endorsement would not do O'Donnell any good. Her campaign is doomed and even Karl Rove and other Republican officials know this. That's why the Republican Senatorial Committee isn't spending alot of money on this losing campaign.

    October 28, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. jms58

    Birds of a feather.

    October 28, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. John

    It don't matter who come and speak for Christine O'Donnell it won't help the lady doesn't know what she taking about she lies and she UNQUALIFIED to be in the U.S.Senate. She all ready make Delaware the laughing stock in AMERICA. And all he going to said is the same stuff all REPUBLICAN been saying. SHE LIES about how much school she had and what she took,because the subject she said she took she know nothing about.

    October 28, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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