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. Clwyd

    Why is there alwasys scum at the top of the republican party? I guess that that is all there is in the Party of No. Sarah and her followers are scum!

    September 9, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. normajean

    I got mad at you moderators a few days ago and let it be known so now I see when I write a comment you dump it, cute. Well, I still think you put a lot of worthless namecalling in that nobody learns or gains from. Mostly you do a good job, but what people like me are trying hard to do is make people think. So many are led by the people who twist their comments to fit a certain agenda, no matter how many out right lies they tell and what vulgar language they use.After all, aren't we all just trying to save our country from going completely down the tubes.? Just between you and me, I'm 85 years old and believe me ,I've seen better. God or somebody please save us .!!!!!

    September 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Mikey


    To the GOP: Please, please, please keep supporting the extreme right wingers. That way if the GOP does get control of Congress, they will push so many absolutely wacky ideas they will just get swept back out in 2012.

    September 9, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Sue

    I am totally losing respect for CNN regarding their recent bias to the right. I used to think they were the most fair-handed news organizations out there but am having a problem with their over abundance of reporting on conservatives, mainly right-wing guests, and biased reporting from their news people. Thank goodness there are still a few fair and un-biased people (you all know who you are, I applaud the work you do, and you are the reason I'm still watching CNN! The amount of media time given to SP and her band of idiots is a disgrace! Surely, there is more interesting news than Sara backing one more tea party lackey!!

    September 9, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Tracy

    She just makes me laugh!!

    September 9, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP loves you that way.

    P.S. has the proof that right wing loonies are retards in patriotic clothing...

    September 9, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Tracy

    I know Mccain is shame. By bringing this inbreed to the lower 48, he has caused his party to lose a lot of incumbents. And the republicans really look stupid. Boehner trying to act like all is well when they know the Tea Party is eating them alive. Well, that's what the wanted.

    September 9, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. kate

    And she can see Russia from her house?????

    September 9, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. A Former Democratic Army Veteran

    I love Sarah Palin simply because just her name stirs up the heatherns in the Zoo cage. All the jabbering and whining will take place. They might as well face up to the fact. If he survives OBAMA is a one time President and never again in this century will America make a mistake such as he being put in the White House. Give us Palin, Beck or Whoever if you want a job well done. This man along with his ugly wife are a disgrace and a scourage on America.

    September 9, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. James in Columbia MO

    I'm not so sure that this trick of upsetting reasonable politicians is going to work for the teabagers in New England. There's a reason moderate Mike Castle (who just received the Colbert Bump, recognize!) is elected in Delaware – he's the only kind of Republican who can win there! This is not Arizona (or even Missouri) Palin; watch out!

    September 9, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. ed

    Great endorsement.

    Time to get these spineless, spending happy, deficit democrat voted out. I have never seen so many radical, tax cheat, destructive democrat in my lifetime.

    September 9, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    And the lunatic from Alaska just keeps on yapping....

    September 9, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Livin the good life

    I can hear the implosion from my house in MD. Bickering between the 2 fractions makes me want to sing...Beau Colby

    September 9, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hold Palin responsible for the nut case Pastor Jones quoting his religious rights to burn the Quaran to get attention as she does running around the country insighting hate. She alone must be held responsible. Who will be next?

    September 9, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. BJ in NC

    Why don't they send this crazy woman back to Alaska. There is a general consensus that she does not know what she is talking about, is not qualified with knowledge or experience, is devisive in everything that she does and touches. If it was not so disdainful the Republican party has let those who have been brewing and stewing over the state of affairs and progress of this country. Do they really think that America does not see beyond their motives??? This country has had two main parties to help citizens make a choice about how this country should be run. When it comes to the citizens that sent them to Washington to do a job for the betterment of the country.

    September 9, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Mom in MA

    Palin... rockin' the Snookie "poof"... LOL Nothing says leader of the free world ... or hooch of Jersey Shore like the 'poof'!!

    September 9, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Bob in SC

    PLEASE!!! cut this crap out. No more palin stories!!!

    September 9, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. cocitizen

    The Republican Party is getting exactly what it deserves. They have held the fringe up and even manipulated its ignorance and radical thought in order to win past elections. The 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign did exactly that by playing to the fringe's racism and homophobia. And, now the chickens are not only coming home to roost, they are taking over the GOP farm.

    September 9, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    DEMOCRATS..............FIRED-UP..........READY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

    IN NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO.

    Saying NO to everything is not leadership!


    September 9, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Observer

    Palin carefully analyzes the Tea Party candidates and then, after thorough vetting, selects whichever woman is running.

    September 9, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Captain Crunch

    Someone should ask Christine is she's still a virgin and will take a pledge that she never has nor that she never will masturbate.

    She brought the issue up. I think the press should ask these 'probing' questions.....

    September 9, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. they call me "tater salad"

    Who cares what this blathering bimbo in the church lady costume thinks or who she backs? If you look up insignificant in the dictionary there"s a picture of Sarah "The Pied Piper of the Half-wits" Palin next to it!!!!!

    September 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. josephine

    So far Sarah is 5 for 5 with her endorsements. If she is right about a few more, she will be a force to reckon with come 2012. This 9/11 celebration will definitely give her a lot of exposure. The money from this event will surely help the families of the 9/11 victims and also help the GOP candidates that are lacking in campaign funds.

    September 9, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. sarahdoesn'tspeakforme female

    This is a complete insult to the memory of the victim of 9-11! How dare they choose this day to do this event. This is tragic, while there is freedom of speech, sometimes the best policy is to not speak! Glenn and Sarah are people who do not care about the feelings of the masses, their rally that happend to happen on the 47th Dr Kings historic and ground breaking Civil Rights speech was bad but this hurts because this memory is still very fresh in all our minds! Sarah and Glenn should really go join the Castro family in Cuba if they feel the US in such bad shape. And please remember she isn't a governor she quit on Alaska and that should speak volumes of her moral compass as person and human!

    September 9, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Terry - Indiana

    Call John McCain and ask him what it was like being associated with Sarah Palin. McCain is still trying to earn back the voters he lost, and her claims of being a strong influence in political campaigns seem to ring well with the 20% far right wing of the Republican Party, and strike out when the middle and left, the true majority of America, hear the word "palin".

    September 9, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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