September 15th, 2010
08:42 AM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell says Rove comments are 'a shame'

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(CNN) – Newly-minted Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell is picking her latest battle with Karl Rove, the former top Bush aide who said O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Delaware primary Tuesday does "little good" for the party.

"It's a shame. He is the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn't going to win," said O'Donnell to ABC in response to Rove. "And we won, and we won big. So I think he is eating some humble pie and trying to restore his reputation.

Speaking on Fox News Tuesday night after O'Donnell's victory was clear, Rove said the political newcomer does not "evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for," adding "there's just a lot of nutty things she's been saying."

"Why did she mislead voters about her college education, how come it took her nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree, how does she make a living, why did she sue a well known and well thought of think tank?" he continued.

Responding directly to those comments, O'Donnell told ABC that "everything that he is saying is unfactual."

O'Donnell has repeatedly denied claims – many leveled by the Delaware GOP who was vehemently opposed to her candidacy – that she did not receive a college diploma because of unpaid debts, owed back taxes, and let her home fall into foreclosure.

Meanwhile, Kristin Murray, O'Donnell's former campaign manager in 2008, alleged O'Donnell of "living on campaign donations" and said the candidate "just wanted to make a buck" and "is no conservative."

The O'Donnell campaign has characterized all the charges as sour grapes.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, O'Donnell led Republican Rep. Mike Castle, the establishment choice, 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the Delaware Secretary of State.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Karl Rove
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. a in austin

    You should see some of her videos where she talks about adult excitement and how to use your hands....Where are these nuts coming from?

    September 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Jimbo (the real one)

    It is great fun watching the GOP eat their own...

    September 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. lost in america

    I can not believe I am saying this, but I agree with Rove. The Tea party is winning, so what. No one who has been currently elected and supported by the Tea Party is in the mainstream. They say they are, but they are all far right and out of touch with what really matters in this country. I actual hope they win, because I believe they will ruin this country faster than Bush did. Does anyone recall it was a GOP President and congress that started TWO wars in 8 years time, so I can't wait to see what the far right tea party people due; maybe start the final religious war which everything lately seems to be pointing to. If we as a people in this world do not find common ground to agree on and only focus on our indifference; we will fail.

    September 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. D Hutcherson

    Rove and the Washington leaders of the GOP are butthurt their Rino was rejected by the voters. This attitude of not supporting the will of the people will cost them more votes in the furture.

    September 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Jaywing

    Sorry Karl, welcome to the new Republican party that you helped foster with your unethical, underhanded politicking, of lies and disingenuous garbage. You started the mess by feeding the NeoCons, and now the fringes of the GOP are pushing your boys aside. The Republican party is about to implode and/or fracture. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who is an independent voter - which are almost all intelligent, thoughtful people and the swing votes - will NOT vote in a general election for the loons your party is currently producing. Whine all you want, but your party is reaping the oats that you have helped sow, and they're all coming up rotten.

    September 15, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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