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. Former Republican, but never again!

    All loose cannons: Ready, Aim, Fire!

    September 9, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. vgal

    Sweet! All of these crazy teapartiers are going to represent the GOP going forward. Let's see how much they are liked AFTER they take office. Perhaps when we start paying for health care with chickens people will begin to vote with their brains, not their emotions.

    September 9, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Bill in Austin

    CNN you are ruining what little credibility you have by reporting ever inane utterance of Palin. She is a certified loser(general election) and a certified quitter (Alaskan governorship). So, why does she dominate CNN and FOX news?

    September 9, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. silvertrueone

    True conservatie where is your ?country take it from whom?Where were you and the rest of you conservatives when Bush started two wars spent up the surplus,outsourced jobs overseas where were you when Bush and the good old boys nearly ruined Americia i think maybe under a rock go find your rock and crawl back underneath it.

    September 9, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. midasInMiami

    Palin is proving that she truly has gone rogue. She's obviously pissed off at the Repubs for the way they've treated her post election.

    It will be interesting to see how many of her endorsed candidates can actually win a general election. Repubs have been talking big, but they are in way more trouble than they realize. Just like the '08 presidential election, they are displaying the arrogance of power.

    Palin could end up being the undoing of the big wins Republicans foresee in November.

    You know what they say, you lay with Grizzlies, you pick up fleas.

    September 9, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Republicans is smart in the head area

    They both have similar educational backgrounds. Palin went to 6 different schools in 5 years before getting her degree and O'Donnell jsut recently graduated from FDU after attending it several decades ago.

    September 9, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. AndyBlue

    Remember the very same month Obama took office is when the teabaggers started screaming. Before Obama even did anything they whined and cried and protested?

    Yeah, Thats when they were denying that they were republicans.

    Liars, every one of them are hate filled liars.

    September 9, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Anne P CA

    Yes, seems those witches Palin tried to exorcise from her soul when she first hit the big screen got to her head and even her hairdo. Does anyone remember that video? Hideous! Let's all go back to the Dark Ages and support Palin's choices. (not)

    September 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. AK Lisa

    so S.P. endorsed a tea party favorite? snooze news, and the candidate considered it manna from heaven, this constant reporting is making her powerful, like reporting on the crazy preacher.... why not leave her to fixed news? let them salivate over palin's every tweet & fb post.

    September 9, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. foxsmartchicago

    haha...palin insures gop fail in delaware come november...the tea party and palin are the gifts that keep on giving...thank you!!

    September 9, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. larry p

    go make some more cookies sarah

    September 9, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    I guess O'Donnell's check cleared. Half Gov. Palin doesn't do anything for free. That should be obvious to everyone except for the blind sheep that follow her and think she's smart. Smart!?! These right wing nuts won't see the light until Half Gov. Palin takes them (or pushes them is more like it) completely over the cliff never to be heard from again. The only sounds you'll hear is Half Gov. Palin laughing all the way to the bank.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 9, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Stan

    Too many people only think about themselves. Here's a suggestion... vote for the person that's going to help your town, your state, or our country. George Washington warned of the dangers of political party extremists after being president for only two terms. Doesn't matter... right or left... wackos are wackos.

    September 9, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. furzaflyin

    ruty, unfortunately there are lots of idiots who take Sarah Palin quite seriously. As far as I am concerned she should NOT have the title, "Governor Palin." She is a quitter, not a governor. And, of course, she quit so that she could begin her presidential campaign in earnest.

    September 9, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Discernment

    Sarah Palin endorsing Christine O'Donnell is like . . . .

    . . . A nut job endorsing another nut job,


    . . . A skunk endorsing a rat,


    . . . A fool endorsing an idiot.

    September 9, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. TPF

    Is there any reason why we should have to hear about who Palin endorses or what she says. She is a nobody, and nobody cares what she does or says. Who is the crazy woman anyway? Exactly who is Sarah Palin? That's what I thought, nobody really knows and that is real scary.

    September 9, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. J

    Why don't you just call this the Palin Ticker? That's all you ever report on! This disgrace of a politician doesn't deserve the time of day, let alone the massive coverage that you give her.

    September 9, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. DemocRat

    So, this Christine O'Donnell.......she's FOR guns and AGAINST masturbation. Does that mean she would support a member of the NRA shooting his neighbor if he thinks he's a masturbator? I love it when the Tea Party and Republicans support these mentally unstable, fringe candidates. Shows where they're coming from.

    September 9, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. P.D.

    LOL! And now the GOP leaders in Delaware are filing a complaint against the new 'Mama Grizzly'. Good job GOP! Instead of denouncing the 'Tea Party' whack-os, they have now infiltrated you Party and knocking off all the sane GOPers you have left.

    September 9, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. Discernment

    Delawarean wrote:
    "Anyone who endorses O'Donnell has no idea who she is. Palin – you just lost all credibility."

    – – – – –

    EXCUSE ME! Sarah Palin lost her credibility in September 2008 when she claimed to be a "pit-bull with lipstick and would take on mainstream media and Washington D.C.". But the first thing she does when she loses the election is to join FAUX Cable News for more money.

    September 9, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. sara

    CNN has a love affair with Sara Palin and every move she makes. It is disgraceful.

    September 9, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Discernment

    Momma grizzly endorsing baby grizzly. 🙂

    September 9, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. ABM

    She should have a one-way ticket to GITMO. She is an insurgent proproganist.

    Mouth meet muzzle.

    September 9, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. NC

    Palin is sexist. She just endorses women.

    September 9, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Anchorage Al

    I have know idea what Bailin Palin (local alaska term for our former 1/2 term Gov) has to offer-other than BS, twitter barking (from the shadows) She offers no solutions of her own to better this country. All she can do is point fingers, blame others and start gossip. She should audition for "Deperate Housewifes"

    She belongs on Fox-it fits her and she appeals to the Fox News listener's mindset as well as their single digit IQ's-You Betcha !!

    September 9, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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