[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/20/art.odonnell.9.20.2010.gi.jpg caption ="Delaware GOP Senate nominee O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch, Karl Rove would back her candidacy."]
Washington (CNN) - Christine O'Donnell appears to be trying to use humor to defuse a decades-old admission that she once "dabbled into witchcraft," which prompted leading Republican strategist Karl Rove to urge the Delaware GOP Senate nominee to further explain her statement.
Rove, on "Fox News Sunday," said that O'Donnell "can't simply ignore" the fact that she said during a 1999 episode of "Politically Incorrect" that "I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. … I dabbled into witchcraft." O'Donnell also said during the taping of the show that one of her first dates with a witch was "on a satanic altar."
O'Donnell tweeted late Sunday night that if she had the powers of a witch then Rove would be backing her candidacy.
"I did comment that if I were a witch, Rove would be a supporter," O'Donnell wrote on the microblog. "I would have turned him into a "Newt", because Gingrich says we win."
O'Donnell is referring to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has expressed support for her campaign. O'Donnell, a social conservative and Tea Party-favorite candidate, shocked the political world last week when she defeated GOP establishment-backed Rep. Mike Castle for the right to run as the Republican nominee for Senate in November.