O'Donnell walks out of CNN interview
August 18th, 2011
07:30 AM ET
7 years ago

O'Donnell walks out of CNN interview

(CNN) - Christine O'Donnell, the former Delaware GOP Senate candidate, walked off the set of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" Wednesday when asked about her views on sexual abstinence and gay marriage.

"I'm not talking about policies. I'm not running for office," O'Donnell said. "Ask Michele Bachmann what she thinks."

When Morgan asked her why she was being "weird" about answering questions on her own statements, as well as issues she addresses in her new book, "Troublemaker," O'Donnell fired back, saying she only wanted to talk about tea party principles outlined in her book.

"That's why I agreed to come on your show. That's what I want to talk about," O'Donnell said. "I'm not being weird. You're being a little rude."

O'Donnell made national headlines in 2010 when she denied in a TV ad that she was a witch, responding to comments she made a decade earlier on a tv show saying she had "dabbled in witchcraft."

During her Senate campaign, O'Donnell ran as a tea party darling and social conservative. She said she hopes her new book will be an inspirational tool for the grassroots conservative movement.

But when asked about issues from her book and her campaign Wednesday, O'Donnell walked away from the interview, upset that Morgan was not talking about the things she wished to address.

"Don't you think as a host, if I say this is what I want to talk about, that's what we should address?" she asked Morgan.

When Morgan said "no," O'Donnell began to take off her microphone and said she had turned down another interview for this appearance.

"I was supposed to be speaking at the Republican Women's Club at 6, and I chose to be a little late for that," she said. "Not to endure a rude talk show host, but to talk to you about my book and the issues I address in my book."

In an interview with WTTG in Washington Thursday, O'Donnell said she felt she made the right decision to end the CNN interview. Regarding Morgan, she said, "I wish him well - he's a cheeky bugger."

"Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger," O'Donnell said in a tweet published on her official website Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.

Earlier in the CNN interview, O'Donnell answered questions about her Senate campaign, saying she had made mistakes and caused "self-inflicted wounds."

She argued that during the midterms she had been unfairly treated by the GOP, which she said failed to defend her from both Republican and Democratic attacks.

Most notably, O'Donnell said she regretted listening to the campaign consultants who advised her to make the famous "I'm not a witch" TV ad.

"I listened to the so-called experts who have been losing election after election," O'Donnell said. "The experts aren't always experts."

While the former Senate candidate didn't indicate whether she was vying for a political comeback, O'Donnell said she wants to "stay in the political arena" and talk about the issues.

She also warned that the country was heading toward calamity.

"The reality is our country is going bankrupt. Our country is on the brink of collapsing," O'Donnell said. "This is a very grave situation, unlike any time. We need real solutions."

O'Donnell began to express discomfort when Morgan turned the conversation to her previous comments on sexual abstinence from a 1996 interview she gave to MTV. At the time, O'Donnell was an advocate for abstinence and had founded a pro-abstinence group. She also discouraged masturbation.

When Morgan asked her if she still held those views, O'Donnell said she was a practicing Catholic and supports what the church teaches but would not do the same MTV interview today.

Morgan pressed her again, asking if she was still a supporter of abstinence.

"Are you the pro-masturbation talk show host?" O'Donnell asked, jokingly.

"Why, yes," Morgan replied in jest.

O'Donnell then tried to change the subject to the political principles from her book, and when Morgan continued to ask about her comments on sex, O'Donnell argued that the host was being rude.

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soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. bp

    Like any Tea Party favorite, all she has to do is recite their talking points and they will support her. It doesn't matter if she's a witch, pedophile or member of al-Qaeda. Competence, track record of success, experience, ability to get things done – none of that matters to the Tea Party.

    August 17, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Ken

    And this kind of behaviour from Christine is a surprise????

    "I want to talk about the issues in my book but I am not sure what issues ARE in my book." – probably because she didn't write it! It wouldn't be the first time this has happened for a Tea Party Candidate! She will no doubt follow her model, Ms. Silly Sarah, and call these sexist "gotcha" questions!

    August 17, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Ibamaliar

    HURRAY FOR YOU Mrs O'Donnell . You got guts that anyof the other politicians should have. When these Liberal commentators start asking stupid question just leave them on the stage with time to fill in. You don't have to answer idiots questions. Anyone who is for Obama has to be stupid, and Piers Morgan is really a humdinger who should go back to England.

    August 17, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    This woman and all the republicans running for office have no agenda other than to attack the president. Not one piece o job legislation coming from them even though they say it is the most important topic! Stupid is spelled, Republican'ts!

    August 17, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Curlygirly

    Hahahaha! Silly republicans.

    August 17, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. rennin1

    OK, so let's talk about gay marriage.
    Gay rights proponents say that homosexuality is not a choice, rather it is genetic. If that is so, then there must be a gay gene that is recessive and that gets passed down from one generation to the next through carriers of this gay gene having sex with the opposite sex. If gay rights proponents had the strength of their convictions they would admit that by attempting to remove the stigma associated with gays getting married to each other they are making it less likely that gays will marry and have children with an opposite sex person. This means that it will become even less likely that gays will pass their gay gene onto the next generation. The result is inescapable; legalizing gay marriage will reduce the number of gay children born each year and those who favor gay marriage are doing more to eliminate gays from society than anything that opponents of gay marriage could possibly do.

    August 17, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Shar

    Good for her! Ms. O'Donnell is NOT running for office - talk with her about her book, because that's what we all want to hear about anyway hence her appearance at all. Morgan...blech

    August 17, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Russ

    Ahh, It's the Piers Morgan show, not the Christine O'Donnell show. I guess he can ask anything he wants since it's his show. So buck up Christine. Just take a page out of the Palin and Bachmann play book and don't answer and redirect to a totally unrelated subject. It makes you look stupid but it works for them.

    August 17, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. FM

    How old is this lady? How did she even dare to wear the mic on if she was not ready to take the interview?

    August 17, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. xnay

    Another snarky CNN left winger

    August 17, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. grace sette

    what were you thinking? journalists ask questions, if you didnt want to, why bother to take piers time and he was not rude. you need to grow up.

    August 17, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. deconservative

    Good for her! Piers Morgan is a complete and total LOSER and it's about time someone stood up to these media bullies!

    August 17, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. turtleheadz

    Teabaggers hate facts and hate having have what they said put in their face even more. She is a moron who thought she could do a Palin and get money for touring and spouting off brainless Teabagger bile.

    August 17, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Jeff Spangler

    Hysterical weird women who can't take the heat of a national political campaign without being exposed as a flake. Dismissed!

    August 17, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. The Tantrum Party

    Somebody call the whaaaambulance because the tantrum party has another crybaby. How were people dumb enough to vote for this idiot in the first place?

    August 17, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    If only Christine O'Donnell would walk out of this dimension. I guess going on Piers Morgan's show is as close as anyone can get.

    August 17, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. labman57

    Guess she didn't care for his "Have you ever masturbated with the head of a gay warlock?" question.

    August 17, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. C. Howe Yulikit

    That's why she a teabagger favorite. She doesn't want anyone asking her questions she doesn't want to answer – just like Sarah and Michelle and Ricky and Mitty and...

    August 17, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Snobare

    In typical Tea Party fashion, if I/we don't get our way, we will throw a fit and pout the rest of our days...

    August 17, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. J-NW

    Christine, if you're after softball questions that won't expose your ignorance – give FOX News a call.

    August 17, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. mark in nyc

    why is this pitiful person even relevant?

    August 17, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. joe the plumber

    just another tea party boob who only wants to be asked the questions that they want to answer. sad

    August 17, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. Jason

    She may not be a witch, but I can think of something she is that rhymes with it

    August 17, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Amazing how the answers come out when they need some P.R. I'm surprised she is still relevant, I thought she crawled back under the rock she came from. I guess I was wrong. O’Donnell, Please go find a man or a date or a Hobby or a curse to put on some one and leave politics alone. We have gifts for you at the door. Thank you for playing.

    August 17, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. eccen

    Piers is not rude (even by British standards), he's simply incapable of understanding his guests. Larry King was brilliant because he would ask a question and actually let someone answer, then ask follow up questions. Piers is more modern, which means he interrupts and attempts to push his own views. Take the recent interview with Penn Jillette...

    August 17, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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