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. Grahame Rhodes

    Not that the Tea Party had any credibility to begin with but with her running it will at long last disappear without a trace. Not even a tiny paragraph in history. Christine O Donnell is a joke with a unwarranted huge ego.

    September 16, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. PixieDust

    She must be running out of money! Time to launch another campaign. Too funny!

    September 16, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. lizzyrn

    What's in that tea she is drinking if she thinks anyone would elect her?

    September 16, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Kenny K

    It is going to be difficult for her because Tea Party's hype has already deflated.

    September 16, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Larry L

    YES! Please continue to run for any and every Republican office! As we watch Romney go down the toilet pay no attention to the fact that independent voters have shown their clear preference for mature, rational leadership rather than the right-wing politics of the Republican Party. You can't be serious?

    September 16, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. phineas j

    It doesn't matter if she wins or loses – she has made a pretty good living so far off campaign funds (remember the controversy surrounding what she considered her campaign headquarters and living quarters in her last bid?). Like Palin (and soon Cain), she has learned that it pays handsomely to run for office; in fact, often better than occupying that office.

    September 16, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. sparky

    As a Democrat Christine I say thank you....thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please please please run again

    September 16, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Moose!

    Hahaha in the most serious face possible "I'M NOT A WITCH" hahaha

    September 16, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Mitt Robme

    youtube her idiocy about seperation of church and state.

    September 16, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. John

    Thats just what Congress needs another weak minded Republican witch.

    September 16, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Azzy

    She owes it to people everywhere to run again. There's never enough good comedy in the world.

    September 16, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Azzy

    She owes it to everyone, everywhere to run again. The comedy is priceless!

    September 16, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You go Christine. You are the true poster child for the GOP.

    September 16, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    2016, Sara Palin President, Christine O'Donnell Vice President, Donald Trump, Secretary of State

    September 16, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Greyman

    Considering that Bachmann and West may be ousted from office...please do O'Donnell. Keep reminding everyone of the crazy your party represents.

    September 16, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. GreggEsq

    I guess the Republicans really don't want to retake the Senate if they're going to put this looney tune up for election again.

    September 16, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. JLS639

    She obviously weighs more than a duck and, therefore, is not a witch. [Monty Python reference, for our younger readers.]

    September 16, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. "Oust the House", vote a straight Dem ticket in 2012!

    You can always tell when this witch's rent is due, she runs for some GOP office.

    September 16, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Francine

    Just when you thought the Tea Party couldn't get any duh ... duh ... dumber it does.

    September 16, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Tony in Maine

    Please, God, please, please – we need some humor this year. Christine would be perfect. ROTFL

    September 16, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. gl269mm

    Unfortutately, Christina's bus has already left and another will not be coming! Her LOSS had not so much to do with her "witch accussation" as with her overall nuttiness on the relevant issues!

    September 16, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Tony

    Because Republicans cultivate the stupid vote, stupid candidates are what they get.

    September 16, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. Jim

    Really?....Wow...Looks like a democrat sweep if this is what the gop have to offer. It's not suprising Obama is starting to really kick romney's butt in the polls now. Gop true colors shining through....not a pretty sight.

    September 16, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. SixDegrees

    Or, Christine, you could consider stepping aside, shoving your over-inflated ego into a deep, dark hole somewhere, and letting someone who can actually win and represent their constituents run.

    September 16, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. asm_ith

    "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."

    This rationale is absurd. Everything she said applies to every person who has ever lost. So she is saying that everyone who loses should just keep running.

    September 16, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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