(CNN) - Christine O'Donnell, a tea party favorite who ran an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2010, announced her support Tuesday night for Mitt Romney, a GOP presidential candidate lacking fanfare among the conservative grassroots movement.
"It is my hope that my endorsement of Gov. Mitt Romney will cause others to give him a second look," she said in a statement.
The social conservative, better known for denying she was a witch in a campaign ad after admitting she once "dabbled into witchcraft" as a teenager, said she was throwing her weight behind Romney because she finds him trustworthy and as someone with "conviction to do the right thing regardless of opposition."
In an apparent knock against GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich, O'Donnell praised Romney's experience in the private sector and said the nation needs a president who is not a "Washington insider" or "who hasn't been playing the game for the last three decades."
Romney has struggled to boost his support among the tea party base, whose activists largely view the former Massachusetts governor as too moderate and too aligned with establishment Republicans.
But O'Donnell brushed aside those claims and pointed to his support for her and other candidates who rode the 2010 tea party wave, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Romney's campaign responded Tuesday night to the endorsement.
"Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years," Romney said in a statement. "Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team."
Is this a joke? This is the most pathetic thing I've read all day.
Just what Romney needs! Backing from a highly regarded candidate... – almost as good as getting support from Dick Cheney!!!
wonder if she has dabbled in Witchcraftery again.. hmm.
Ha, not for long in my opinion her endorsement = the Kiss of death!
Maybe we have yet another crazy trolling for the VP slot... Just think of what sort of people would follow this woman...
Boy that is the kiss of death for Romney.lol
If Christine the I'm not a witch recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and you are pleased to have her on your team: Then explain how the GOP wanting to be in every citizens bedroom, what they do with their body, and constant war is not bloating the size and excessive government.
So, the witch backs the Mormon, and the Christian Taliban is ok with this? Seriously, what are they smoking at those Tea Party Rallies? They flipflop on every issue, even on who they hate. Confusing.
Backed by a 'witch'?
This is a sure sign that Romney is becoming desperate, so desperate that he's accepting an endorsement from O'Donnell who confessed that she "dabbled into witchcraft". The biblical 'Witch of Endor' did back some official who eventually died a tragic death as a result. Does this spell the end of Romney's campaign?
A Mormon endorsed by a Witch doesn't sound appealing at all.
I wonder if Mitt now thinks she's a witch ?
Newt Gingrich / Christine O'Donnell
And the clowns just keep coming out of that clown car.
It is MY hope that MY endorsement of ignoring her means she will finally get that she's not THAT important in the field of politics.
CNN why does It matter who she back ,she a nobody person. Christine O'Donnell Is a Nobody , I don't see you at my door ask me who I'm backing. And I can't see her backing Mitt Romney Is going to do any good. It can only hurt him because that woman Is a nut cake.
Wow, that's something to really be proud of ...the endorsement of a loser like O'Donnell. She's not a witch though.
OMG – now WITCH way is UP in the polls for Romney?? Did he "really" need that endorsement at this time?? Does she feel that her endorsement will help Romney win DELAWARE??? Really?
Okay folks – get out your broom because we're about to go for a ride!!!
Obama 2012 – No rituals attached!!
So the witch endorses a Mormon. This should make a lot of people take a second look alright. I would rethink my supportif I was a Romney supporter.
"dabbled into witchcraft
Romney/ O'Donnell= dream ticket.
Either that, or the kiss of death. But at least she got her name in the news again, for another five minutes.
LOL the little "witch" thinks she can help.
Why don't you just put a spell on everybody so that they'll vote for Mittens? I'm afraid that you'll have to start with the Repos first though...
Lets get this straight, if she was a witch, then does that mean Willard is a Warlock? Now you know, Mormonism is a Satanic cult....
Congratulations, Mitt. You've got at least one witch on board. THAT should improve your standing with the evangelicals....
A metaphorical stab in the conservatives back.
As Dick Cheney would say, "So?"
He might as well get Trump's endorsement.
What a clown show this is.
But... but... she's a witch!