September 14th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
12 years ago

WILMINGTON, DE: Castle says vote for O'Donnell is vote for the Democrats

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10:40 a.m. – Delaware Republican Senate candidate Mike Castle thinks a vote today for his opponent Christine O'Donnell is a vote for a Democrat in November – and the outcome of this Delaware primary could keep the Senate in Democratic hands. He took polite swipes at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express. He says he believes this campaign is a test case for the internal squabble about the future of the Republican party.

The 9-term Republican Congressman and former Delaware Governor stopped to talk to reporters on his way in to vote this morning in Wilmington Delaware. The very polite Delaware press corps addressed Castle as an elder statesman, and a calm, confident seeming candidate answered each and every question. That's rare.

Asked by CNN if he believes Christine O'Donnell can win a general election, Castle said simply "I do not." Pressed to elaborate he explained "I believe her appeal is a limited segment of the Republican Party and I just don't feel that appeal carries over to independents and Democrats and I think she would have no chance of winning a general election."

As for Palin's involvement in the race the longtime Republican said "I do not appreciate it. I really don't know what she is up to – if she is trying to build some sort of conservative movement to run for President or just try to keep her name in front of the public." He also bemoaned the spending by outside groups, especially the Tea Party Express saying "I have never seen any election in Delaware – Republican, Democrat primary or general where there was so much outside influence as in this one."

And Castle said this is all about the future of the Republican party. "This particular campaign has become a bit of a test – can the very conservative elements of the Republican party take out an incumbent with whom they don't always agree," he lamented. Adding that it's "what we are dealing with here, beyond just Delaware."

Asked if an O'Donnell win today means Democrats will control the US Senate he says "It has that effect." Though he adds "I suppose the people who are supporting Christine would not look at it that way" and he says "I am not one who necessarily thought Republicans would control the Senate."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Aw, come on. This country seems to want even more crazies ruling us than we have in the minority party already.


    September 14, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Tina

    I'm glad to see someone stand up to Palin, but your wrong Mike Castle, a vote for Christine O'Donnell is not a vote for the democrats, it's a vote against you. Christine O'Donnell you have my vote already.

    September 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Nathaniel C.

    Mr. Castle is absolutely right. If we let Sarah Palin and her Tea Party idiots hijack the agenda, we'll end up without a solution to this country's problems. The extreme left-wing Dems like Pelosi keep screwing things up; the extreme right-wing Tea Partiers like Palin will screw up in the opposite direction.

    Please, let reason and moderation prevail! Vote Castle!

    September 14, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Billy Bob

    He is absolutely correct.

    September 14, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. How does he know?

    How does he know she can't win in the general election? The American people are fed up with both parties, especially the socialist democrats and their disastrous healthcare debacle.This may be the election of who seems to have the most common sense. Their is no one in office now who seems to have this quality.

    September 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Then by all means, all you DE neo-tards, PLEASE vote for O'Donnell! A [D] win in Nov. means the country keeps going forward. A [R] win in Nov. means we countinue the backpeddaling of 2001-2008 into FAILURE and the Dark Ages.

    September 14, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. save america, vote out republicans

    How could reasonable people vote for anyone in the zoo that makes up the republican party? Castle has become negative, not as crazy as O'Donnell, but negative enough to make moderates step back.

    September 14, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. True Conservative

    RINO Castle is a liars.
    We all know the Dims are demoralized and Barry has lost the libs. Stay home Dims and let the true Conservatives take over the Senate, LOL

    September 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. William Jefferson

    Castle says a vote for the palinista is a vote for Democrats. Which is exaclt ywhy the faithful tea baggers of DE should vote for her. It is their patriotic duty to get unelectable ideologue neophytes on the ballot.

    If Castle looses he should come out strongly in favor of the Democrat. Castle is essentially a Democrat anyway and it would just be fair for him to trash this nut case who is going to knock him off. Murkowski should do the same in Alaska.

    September 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. mark

    Republicans have NO IDEAS on how to do anything but make the wealthy more wealthy. If you're voting for a Republican, you must be wealthy. I will NEVER vote GOP in my life. They disgust me because they are not for the American people, they are for themselves. If you can't see that your an ignorant useless mouthpiece.

    September 14, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    not true, a vote for castles is a vote for obama, look at his record

    September 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Snow

    castle the liberal RINO is getting very afraid of losing his cushy job. It is time to send him home.

    September 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |