November 3rd, 2010
11:50 AM ET
3 years ago

O'Donnell says 'Republican cannibalism' one reason for loss

(CNN) – Republican Christine O'Donnell sounded a defiant tone the day after losing her Delaware Senate bid to Democrat Chris Coons, calling her loss a "symptom of Republican cannibalism."

"In other areas, where the establishment Republican didn't win their primary, the local Republican parties united right away. Solidarity goes a long way. Unfortunately, that never happened in Delaware," O'Donnell said during an interview on CNN's American Morning.

O'Donnell has frequently lamented her party's initial reluctance to back her candidacy since she beat longtime Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary in September.

"Sen. Cornyn says there was nothing we can do, we didn't have enough money. But if he and Karl Rove had said, look, she is articulate on the issues as many people after watching our debates were able to say…there was verbal support they could have offered as pundits, so to speak, that they chose not to for whatever reason," O'Donnell said.

"I think had Karl Rove immediately come out to support us, had the NRSC even helped us verbally, we could have closed the gap," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell's primary win shocked her party's establishment, and the Tea Party-backed newcomer initially confronted skepticism from her party's state leadership, as well as many prominent national Republican figures who thought her primary opponent had the best chance of beating a Democrat in the race for Delaware's Senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Rich

    She beat Mike Castle in the Republican primary, not Chris Coons. Coons is the Democrat that beat her in the general election.

    November 3, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Bill

    She lost because the voters didn't vote for her. Hum, they must have listened to her speeches and interviews and commercials.

    .

    November 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    "But if he and Karl Rove had said, look, she is articulate on the issues as many people after watching our debates were able to say…there was verbal support they could have offered as pundits, so to speak, that they those not to for whatever reason," O'Donnell lamented".

    I watched the first debate and while I could use a lot of words to describe your performance, "articulate" would not have even made the bottom 100.

    For instance, "that they those not to for" WTF?

    November 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Kathy

    Gee, maybe they realised you were an idiot and did not want to be embarrassed.

    November 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. HeyHey

    Yes, Christine, it was everyone's fault except yours.

    November 3, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Dave

    Sorry Christine, they just weren't that into you, simple as that!

    November 3, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Rennee' Hernandez

    "she is articulate on the issues"? Seriously? Did she ever stop to think she lost because she really isn't very bright?

    November 3, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Justin

    she blames her party, but it's ultimately the people that rejected her.

    November 3, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Rush Goebbels

    Poor little thing,she can always write a book, move to Alaska,or inbreed like her friend Sarah while doing the book tour.

    November 3, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Charles

    Yes, she totally lost because she didn't have the support of Karl Rove. It had nothing to do with her with the seemingly endless amount of gaffs both past and present.

    November 3, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    "O'Donnell has frequently lamented her party's initial reluctance to back her candidacy since she beat longtime Rep. Chris Coons in the Republican primary in Septemeber."

    Somebody needs to learn to double-check their pieces for factual and spelling errors:

    - O'Donnell beat Republican Mike Castle in the primary. She lost to Coons in the general election. You...mystery author (seriously, who wrote this?) reported the opposite.

    - It is September, not Septemeber

    November 3, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Scofield

    She should look in the mirror to see why she lost. I voted a straight Republican ticket (first straight ticket of any kind in my life) but I would have voted for Coons if I lived in Delaware. No one with her lack of a basic high school understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights has any business being anywhere near Washington.

    November 3, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Julian Cook

    No, I'm pretty sure you got beat because you are too far out of the mainstream of Delaware voters........and you're a moron.

    November 3, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. haha

    issues within the party already? Who'd a thought this would occur?

    November 3, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. CPTJX

    What a weak candidate! She's kidding right?! It was her fault!
    1) She lost some debates because you don't know simple things in the constitution she claims to be an expert.
    2) She had her facts all screwed up on issues and ran away from the media when asked to clarify.
    3) She made in accurate statements and when challenged became defensive and hostile.

    What an embarrassment and everyone who voted for her. I still cannot believe she only lost by 17 points. Mike Castle would have been a formidable challenger.

    November 3, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. maf

    Articulate on the issues!!! She is delusional much like the clone of Sarah Palin should be!!
    Christine, go find credible work (if you can a job in this economy), build up a portolio and come back again if you feel like being trod on once again!

    November 3, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Later this afternoon, O’Donnell will receive an offer she can’t refuse…that is to join Palin’s Bus Tour for the next 2 years. The two will make quite a pair. This bumblin’ & stumblin’ duo with their endless photo-op funny faces can continue to embarrass the United States in the global media until 2012 and beyond.

    November 3, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. j

    couldn't have anything to do with her being so horribly unqualified. it's too bad, castle would have made a much better senator than coons.

    November 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Or she could have lost simply because she is a complete idiot.

    November 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. TF

    Just another example of her immature thought process. Go get some whamburgers Christine!

    November 3, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Pete

    Good at least the idiot from Delaware can go back to her broom and fly away in the sunset!Enough from the Repugs,she caught on how they eat their own...Bye Bye witch,wait for hollaween next Oct.31!!

    November 3, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Robert Cloosdoosch

    Christine- the "gap" was between your ears.

    November 3, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. mm

    OMG-she's whining now. We in Delaware now hope that she'll move back to whatever state she used to be in!

    November 3, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Rich in NJ

    To paraphrase an old saying (which isn't actually Biblical, though some think it is): [The party] helps those who help themselves. Had she been less of a fool, they would have supported her. She's obviously popular in one part of the state (just not the part with the most voters) – so could she have run – and won – a seat in the State Legislature? Probably. But she isn't wanting to pay her dues. She just wants the national stage. It may not be fair that millionaires can try to do that and ordinary people can't, but that's the way it is.

    November 3, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. vic nashville tn

    She has all rights to blame Karl Rove republicans time for her quit GOP start own tea party help mamma grizzly win 2012 primary

    November 3, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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