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. DaveC

    Please make it so. Pretty please. With sprinkles.

    She is about as nutty as they get. She makes crazy Sarah look like the picture of sanity.

    September 16, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Teresa

    All the late night comedians are giddy with joy at the thought of this possibility.

    September 16, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. trex

    ..............O'Donnell...??????? ..What ....AGAIN?................Come ON gop,........get YOUR ACT TOGETHER..........IMPROVE YOUR MESSAGE, and the candidates that deliver it,....................................and you will ALWAYS WIN............................................................

    September 16, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Larry

    That's a very nice reason to run. But, however, aside from her coven, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin, who else supports her?

    September 16, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Squigman

    This has got to be a joke, right? It's too late in the season for this to be happening. The sap usually starts running in the spring.

    September 16, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. blue

    The broom is fueled up and she's ready to fly. Let er rip ditzy, with Backmann climbing back into her hole and the witch from Wasilla all but gone, it's time for another strong GOP women to take center stage.

    September 16, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    "I think I owe that to my supporters, to at least consider a run,"

    If by supporters she means late night comedians, then she's spot on.

    September 16, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Joan in MS

    I hope she does run again. That would secure another Democratic win!

    September 16, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. B.

    Some people just do not know when to get off the stage..

    September 16, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. kevin lanigan

    Life really is funny

    September 16, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Ken Dahinden

    A fool think himself to be wise, but a wise man ( or woman ) knows himself to be a fool!!!

    September 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. judy

    if republicans keep running these nut jobs they will loose both the congress and senate. So please run and see if we can get palin and bachman to run also oh and and maybe little ricky perry to. Forward. 2012

    September 16, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. labman57

    If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.

    Perhaps this time she can run an ad stating that "Although I am a strong supporter of the blood-sucking, soulless coven known as the tea party ... I am not a vampiress."

    September 16, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. independent

    One can assume from this that she has run out of campaign funds and needs to announce another campaign in order to raise funds. Didn't her former campaign manager says she would use campaign funds for personal use?

    September 16, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. Scary Thoughts that Keep Me Up at Night

    Christine O'Donnell is not a native Delawarean nor a product of any elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school therein. She is from New Jersey and has been running for national office since the moment her feet first touched Delaware soil in 2003. By a quirk of fate occasioned by Joe Biden's VP candidacy, she has run for the U.S. Senate in 2006, 2008, and 2010 and was the Official GOP candidate in the latter two races. Her incessant need for attention fuels her ridiculous campaigns for public office despite the fact that she has been exposed as a mindless twit.

    Christine, please go back to New Jersey and through away your EZ-Pass.

    September 16, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. Frank

    I heard she already has the endorsement of the Local 23 affiliate of the powerful Delaware Witches Union.

    September 16, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Frank

    It's not that I don't like or trust Christine O'Donnell. Wait, no, I don't like or trust her. Sorry for the confusion. I think she cast a spell on me.

    September 16, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Kirk Powell

    Will someone tell me what concrete contributions this women has made to her country?

    September 16, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. VEW2012

    Oh Please! We don't need you in Washington any more than we needed Bachmann or than we need Romney and Ryan... but bless your heart run...we know your opponent will win.

    September 16, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. DENNA

    Sure, why not? If Robme/Munster get elected, what difference will it make to have one more nut running tnis country? We will be doomed anyway.

    September 16, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Atheistically Yours

    If she runs again, then the Democrats will NOT have to worry about "defending" that DE seat!

    September 16, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. nancy

    This is the funnest story i have read in the news in a long time! And the GOP wants to cut even more money from mental health!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  23. Name Suzette

    Christine please go move in with Paljn 2 looneys

    September 17, 2012 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  24. norguist

    Christine,take the next broomstick out of this country! We no longer need you!

    September 17, 2012 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  25. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    She helped the unhinged GOBP tea potty lose the Senate in 2010,why not?

    September 17, 2012 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
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