O'Donnell backs Romney
December 13th, 2011
11:04 PM ET
7 years ago

O'Donnell backs Romney

(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."

Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Mitt Romney
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Is this a joke? This is the most pathetic thing I've read all day.

    December 13, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Chris A.

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Ha, not for long in my opinion her endorsement = the Kiss of death!

    December 13, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Maybe we have yet another crazy trolling for the VP slot... Just think of what sort of people would follow this woman...

    December 13, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. carly

    Boy that is the kiss of death for Romney.lol

    December 13, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  6. Debbie

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. jim

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Max

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. Thomas

    I wonder if Mitt now thinks she's a witch ?

    Newt Gingrich / Christine O'Donnell

    December 13, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. JDL

    And the clowns just keep coming out of that clown car.

    December 13, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. enuff

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. John

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Jilli

    Wow, that's something to really be proud of ...the endorsement of a loser like O'Donnell. She's not a witch though.

    December 13, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    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!!

    December 13, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Elphaba

    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.

    December 13, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Max

    "dabbled into witchcraft

    December 13, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. AZpatriot

    Romney/ O'Donnell= dream ticket.

    December 13, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. SFC Mike

    Either that, or the kiss of death. But at least she got her name in the news again, for another five minutes.

    December 13, 2011 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. Tomis

    LOL the little "witch" thinks she can help.

    December 14, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    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...

    December 14, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. Democrat in Indiana

    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....

    December 14, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Congratulations, Mitt. You've got at least one witch on board. THAT should improve your standing with the evangelicals....

    December 14, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. AlaskaPalin

    A metaphorical stab in the conservatives back.

    December 14, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  24. tigerakabj

    As Dick Cheney would say, "So?"

    He might as well get Trump's endorsement.

    What a clown show this is.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 14, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  25. Tommy Mack

    But... but... she's a witch!

    December 14, 2011 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
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