September 9th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin backs O'Donnell over Castle

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Sarah Palin endorsed Christine O'Donnell on Thursday."]Washington (CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the Tea Party Express Thursday in endorsing Republican Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell, who is locked in a battle for Delaware's GOP nomination with centrist Rep. Mike Castle.

Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, made the endorsement in an interview on conservative commentator Sean Hannity's radio show.

O'Donnell quickly touted Palin's backing.

"Just got Gov. Palin's endorsement! Thank you for your prayers!" O'Donnell wrote in a message on Twitter.

The state's GOP establishment has thrown its weight firmly behind Castle, a former Delaware governor who has been serving in Congress since 1993.

The Castle campaign responded to Palin’s backing of O’Donnell by pointing to their own endorsements from “respected conservative Delawareans.”

"Tuesday's primary will be decided by grassroots Republican voters here in Delaware, not out-of-state interest groups who are working to control the outcome. Mike Castle has overwhelming support from respected conservative Delawareans, including former Gov. Pete DuPont and Judge Bill Lee, who know that Castle is the true fiscal conservative and the only candidate who can win this seat for Republicans in November," said Castle spokesperson Kate Dickens.

The Tea Party Express on Tuesday announced its support for O'Donnell, outlining plans for an aggressive campaign effort in the days leading up to the September 14 Republican primary.

UPDATE: Late Thursday night, the Republican Party of Delaware, which has voiced support for Castle, said in a release that it has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that O’Donnell has knowingly accepted illegal donations from the Tea Party Express.

Read the FEC complaint here.

– CNN’s Brian Todd and Mark Preston contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Peter s

    Cnn good job!! keep on covering her! the more you cover the more I debunk who truly she is!!! keep on doing just that everyday!!

    September 9, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Shannon

    must be a loon if Palin endorsed her, and stop with the Mama Grizzly garbage, it's ridiculous to any normal thinking woman.

    September 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Jilli

    Perfect. This wingnut will be a sure loser, she's got a history, and it isn't pretty. Looks like a good pick up for the dems.

    September 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Marie

    Nothing you do is free,how much money is this going to cost O"Donnell? Pailin is a terriost within herself afflicking hate wherever she goes.Who would ever want someone like to lead this countrywhen she thinks that think only her choice of people are only patriotic and americans,she would still be that snake under a rock if McCain hadn't lifted the rock and let her crawl out.So please just crawl back under ANY!!!! rock I don't care where the rock is just slither back where most SNAKES belong

    September 9, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Charles

    I can't imagine Sarah Palin publicly endorsing anyone for fear she would be contradicting hers and her daughters statement about Levi Johnston seeking publicity and actually be seeking publicity herself by appearing on Mr Hannity's radio talk show. Hmmm!

    September 9, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. betsy

    Can someone make this woman GO AWAY?????

    September 9, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Gene Brady

    Palin quit as Governor. Is the correct term Governor Palin or Quiter Palin. I believe it's the latter.

    September 9, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Rob

    who IS this lady?

    September 9, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Bert in UT

    Go Sarah, we love you, take the Republican party RIGHT off the map!

    September 9, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Ted T.

    Sarah who?

    September 9, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. David Scott

    Why does this woman still call herself Gov. Palin She is a Failed Gov. who quit her job. What a loser.

    September 9, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Brandon

    Delaware here...Tea Partiers and Palin, we'd appreciate it if you stay the hell out of our politics.

    September 9, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Jo

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!: STOP reporting what she "Twitters". Think about that! You are reporting what an unelected person is Facebooking and Twittering. Why not report what I Facebook and Twitter? I have almost as much experience as she does, just need to get elected in the least populated state and quit half way through my term. Do I need to be a VP candidate? No, she didn't learn anything there except how to take advantage of the GOP's expense budget.

    September 9, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. G

    Why does anyone care who she supports or not. She has NO understanding of the world, she is an out of touch narcissist who bases all of her "so called" opinions less than on flimsy logic. She is a pop star, not a politician!

    September 9, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Rob Johnson

    The GOP will probably do well this November, and may even take over control of Congress, but meanwhile there is a slow-motion civil war going on in the Republican Party.

    By 2012, I expect to see it split in two, with the Tea Party becoming an independent party. I just don't see how you can keep these two different factions in the same party for long.

    In time, Palin and her Tea Party friends will prove to be too "mavericky" for their own good. You betcha!

    September 9, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Dean

    Castle is another RHINO. He's as useful as Chuck hagel or Lincoln Chaffee or that real winner Arlen Spectator. I'd rather have a liberal DEM in there than a liberal Rep. These rhinos like Castle do more harm than good for the party. Stem the Red tide on Nov 2. Get rid of the Castles' and Reid's and Pelosi's.

    September 9, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. G

    um..she's not governer Palin. She quit her public duty so she could cash in. Bottom line. She cares about her bank account.

    September 9, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. avenger206

    Why do Republicans avoid living on the West Coast?
    They're scared to live that close to the edge of the Earth.

    September 9, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. cjr

    another one added to the fruit loop crowd- this one is truly crazy. I bet that the loopy so called pastor in Florida is another member of then tea party crowd!

    September 9, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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