Christine O'Donnell considering another Senate bid
September 16th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Christine O'Donnell considering another Senate bid

(CNN) – Christine O'Donnell, the tea party favorite whose unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 was punctuated by a television ad proclaiming "I am not a witch," says she's considering another run to represent Delaware in 2014.

"I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run," O'Donnell told Delaware Online. "People sacrificed. Not only came out of their comfort zone – sacrificed to work hard in order to win the primary. And I think that I owe it to them to give it every consideration."

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In 2010, O'Donnell won Delaware's GOP primary contest against nine-term Rep. Mike Castle, who enjoyed backing from the national Republican establishment. She went on to lose by a large margin to the Democratic candidate, now-Sen. Chris Coons.

During the campaign, an interview emerged in which O'Donnell told talk show host Bill Maher that she had "dabbled in witchcraft" during college. Her campaign later produced a television ad in which she proclaimed, "I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."

More recently, O'Donnell backed Mitt Romney early in the GOP presidential primary season, writing in December that she hoped her endorsement would "cause others to give him a second look."

Romney welcomed the endorsement, writing that O'Donnell "recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations."

If O'Donnell does jump into the 2014 Senate race and wins the GOP nomination, she will again face Coons, who will be up for re-election in two years after finishing out the length of Joe Biden's term. Biden was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, but gave up his seat to serve as vice president beginning in 2009.


Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    No one will elect this lady.

    September 16, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Don in Albuquerque

    OMG She's back. Help me, help me I'm melting.

    September 16, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Lewis Shepherd

    The only way she could win is if she ran unopposed.

    September 16, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    please do..we need more comedy in the next election

    September 16, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Josaphat Daniels

    Another nutcase like palin but at least she doesn't quit like palin.

    September 16, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Bob Jones

    No Christine, it not your supporters you owe it to. It's all the professional comedians who need new material for their acts that need you.

    September 16, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Please run her again. The pitiful thing needs money to pay rent and buy food. Campaign cash = welfare for candidates. Please help the pitiful thing gain more weight.

    September 16, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. IndeePendant

    what has she been doing nowadays?

    September 16, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Kr55

    Come on Christine...there has to be SOMETHING you can do with your life that's actually useful.

    September 16, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. tony

    My home schooling taught me that I'm the most wonderful person possible.

    September 16, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Paulcat

    They can't get anything done in congress now, so what's one more stupid GOP nut?

    September 16, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Unfortunatly, Christine O'Donnell is the type of candidate championed by the Tea Party section of the Republican Party. In addition to Ms. O'Donnell, Sarah Palin, who was so totally unqualified as a VP candidate in the last presidential election, also shows the American public how far off-the-mark the Republican party has become. It appears there are no Republican leaders who are willing to stand up and say these are not the type of candidates the Grand Old Party should be promoting. They are hesitant to speak up as they fear the Non-elected Republican Bog Daddy leader , Gordon Norquist, will see this as disfavor and finance and mount a campaign against them the next time they are up for reelection. The once-proud Republican Party has, indeed, fallen in with the "wrong crowd."

    September 16, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Gigli

    Sadly, she is, in fact, a witch.

    September 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. MrManhattan

    This is great! I was worried Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would run out of material after the reelection!

    September 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Not a good idea. The GOP needs to find a BETTER candidate!

    September 16, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. runner305

    Figures Romney would encourage her to run. They're both jokes. Takes one to know one!

    September 16, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. alan_turing

    Run Christine. RUN. It will be a hoot.

    September 16, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. BD70

    Your kidding...just go away...please.

    September 16, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Pete

    ODonnell is a full time campaigner,she's a witch in an ignorent woman's body.She always campaigns, its easy money that pays the bills and she doesn't have to be taxed on it because its donated,contributed,tax exempt.See if her republican constituents back her like last time with her laughing all the way to the bank.She's probibly broke ,that's why she's saying something now,you losers,the republicans will give in to her,you're giving that multiple choice candidate Romney plenty of your money right,no strings attached???

    September 16, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Thoughtdog

    She, should have been Romney's running mate.

    September 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Your 15 minutes were up years ago!

    September 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. arcnorth

    If it weren't so sad, it would be funny. Oh, what the heck, it is hilarious!!

    September 16, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. shawn

    this is a mental case....well as the article says "tea party favorite", anything that has to do with tea party is nothing but well...mental.

    September 16, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Grizzelda

    It is time we elected some with a different view on the economy, civil rights, newts, and plump childen...

    Witches for O'Donnell, 2014!

    September 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Logic N LA

    I think by "comfort zone" she is talking about those tin foil hats her supporters wore.

    September 16, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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