O'Donnell backs Romney
December 13th, 2011
11:04 PM ET
3 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."


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. AntiPalinAlaskan

    The hex is in!

    December 14, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  2. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    If this woman is backing Romney, I might need to re-examine his ideas. She is just to the right of Attila the Hun and a whole lot less warm and fluffy. Then again, even she finds Newt repugnant as a person, so there is hope for her developing a tiny bit of humanity.

    December 14, 2011 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  3. stevetall

    All witchcraft aside, an endorsement from a nut-job is hardly something to get excited about. Really, Mitt. Associating with a loon only makes you look desperate, and that's tricky considering the number and quality of the kooks running for the Republican nomination. Best of luck with that plan.

    December 14, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  4. Bryan

    Kiss of death.

    December 14, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  5. Morpunkt

    Sorry Palladin S.F., but Romney will continue to gain more key endorsements from leaders who do their homework and find out the facts about Romney. He IS the most qualified to be president.

    December 14, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Is that pic scary or what?

    December 14, 2011 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. m

    I'm sure Willard will appreciate the backing of a witch.

    December 14, 2011 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  8. willie floyd

    I can't imagine her "endorsement" meaning anything except maybe negatively. After all everyone loves a "witch"!

    December 14, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  9. Noodle Nose Johnson

    That gives Romney some critical support from the conservative witches and druids block. If he can lock up the dwarves and elves vote, he might just have a shot.

    December 14, 2011 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  10. buckup

    BREAKING NEWS ->>> Knot-a-wich casts a spell.
    How relevant and exciting the GOP candidates: fascists, fairies, and megalomaniacs destined by God.
    Throw the bones and see our national destiny: it is leadership through irrational design.
    Which political action committee will buy the GOP nomination?
    "a leader in the conservative movement for many years," SEE, we are not scraping the bottom of the barrel!!!
    More intellectual firepower to the helm.
    The Republican #1 national priority: keep Obama a one term president, EVERYTHING else overboard.

    December 14, 2011 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  11. Georgia Tee

    How many clowns can you fit in a clown car ? At least one more " O'Donnell"

    December 14, 2011 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  12. Tony

    As if Romney does not have enough problems. O'Donnell may help Romney, though, if she can use witchcraft to cause Gingrich to implode, or cause other people to forget about all the inconsistent positions Romney has taken. On the other hand, Romney has been inconsistent on so many issues it is probably beyond O'Donnell's power to save him. It will take an act of God.

    December 14, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Witch O Donnell will be the only teabagger to cross enemy lines. The GOBP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full peed ahead.

    December 14, 2011 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  14. truthserum48

    I went to this article b/c I thought it was Rosie O'Donnell backing Romney. *sigh*

    December 14, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  15. sick of republican phonies

    What is she doing with her mouth in this picture? Is it an attempt to look like she's smiling? It looks more like the bared teeth a simian shows in its fear response.

    December 14, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  16. sick of republican phonies

    She and Santorum need to take lessons from Mitt if they want to put on a convincing phony smile.

    December 14, 2011 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  17. Just Say No To Flipper

    Looks like Karl Rove's strategy is to slowly peel away various alleged rightwingers from Newt by getting them to endorse Flipper despite his complete lack of conservative credentials. I wonder what kind of bribes/incentives he's been offering lately. Could there be an Irish ambassadorship waiting for O'Donnell with the GWB Neocon Machine V.2?

    December 14, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  18. enough of lies

    she still is a hottie, but backing romney is like backing another mccain

    December 14, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  19. Gotta Be Kiddin

    I back President Barack Obama. I sure just as many people care about that as they do this endorsement by O'Donnell! Would someone please tell my why these people think their opinion is so important and why the media insists on covering them?!?!?!?

    December 14, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    "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.

    Mitt had better hope not.

    December 14, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  21. diridi

    Does any one care? I do not think so. Nation knows none of the GOP idiots are worthy.............Obama2012.

    December 14, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess this could be a kiss of death for Romney. I don't think that anyone would want her support. She was (and is) undisciplined and an unthinking ideologue. The only who would want and should get her support is Palin who is very much the same. She could not win any state for him; Delaware is far too secure in Democratic hands. I don't know if there is enough "teapublicans" in Delaware to make it worth while visiting the state in the primaries or general election.

    December 14, 2011 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  23. Cfrench

    Well, there's one endorsement poor old Mitt did not want. Witchcraft and mormonism. Nice combo you got there. I think even the teabaggers, with their limited intelligence, probably figured out O'Donnell is an idiot.

    December 14, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  24. Madtown

    When told of his endorsement by O'Donnell, Mitt Romney replied: "Who?"

    December 14, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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