September 20th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Pence: Delaware not about O'Donnell

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="In an interview on CNN's American Morning, Indiana Republican Rep. Mike Pence played down controversies surrounding Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell."]

(CNN) - Indiana Rep. Mike Pence – the winner of a socially conservative presidential straw poll over the weekend – is playing down the controversies surrounding Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O'Donnell, saying it's the surprise Senate nominee's message that's most important.

"I don't think Delaware's about Christine O'Donnell," Pence told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning. "I know there'll be this nitpicking and attempts to take things out of context. Certainly she has some explaining to do about that to her voters in Delaware.

"But at the end of the day, what's bringing people out and creating a momentum for what could be real change in America is that the American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers, and they're looking for men and women that are willing to stand up and be counted and take on the establishment," Pence added.

O'Donnell has been forced to contend with a string of past financial issues and controversial statements – dealing most recently with newly unveiled comments from 1999 that she dabble in witchcraft.

Pence, a longtime favorite with social and fiscal conservatives alike, is widely considered to be a potential 2012 presidential candidate – especially after the popular five-term congressman signaled to some observers that he had high ambitions when he decided earlier this year to forgo a run for Senate.

Speaking on American Morning, Pence did not give any hints toward his own future in the wake of his straw poll win at the Values Voter Summit over the weekend.

"We got the text message that we prevailed, we were honored by it and by the confidence expressed by people there, and we were humbled," he said. "But our focus remains. And I think the people's remains on the voters on November 2. We'll let the future take care of itself."

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Mike Pence
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    This from mr 24% out of a bunch of nobody republicans. All of whom are widely considered to be 2012 potential candidates. For what? I have a new idea for a quick IQ test. You like the the half term governor you are a moron. Move on with your no ideas, no solutions, feed the rich plan.
    BTW – little ms delaware also thinks that scientific companies are breeding animals with humans and that there are mice running around in labs with human brains. There is nothing out of context and no nitpicking. She said all of this at the ripe old age of 30+!!!
    The party of NO is pathetic. Those who have some explaining to do are the idiots who voted for her!!!

    September 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers...
    The American people saw a Democratic Administration and Congress pass huge, expensive and completely partisan bills with Obama saying...don't worry, what we did was in America's best interest. They did this against the backdrop of consistent opposition.

    And then none of what they did worked. It turns out they were getting bad advice from hand-picked liberal economists and political advisors who didn't know what they were doing.

    They don't get a free pass on Nov. 2nd. We have seen enough.

    September 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Patsy, Texas

    So, "Delaware is not about O'Donnell". This is the attitude that causes
    me a lot of worry. Its not that some people want change, but that they will
    put anybody on the ballot to try and make the change happen. Look at
    most of the Tea Party candidates and tell me you want these people
    passing laws on your behalf. They and the Republicans have no idea
    what to do, but are adept at criticizing and belittling everything that
    is being done. When they are caught doing or saying something stupid,
    it is always "taken out of context", or "happened years ago", or boo-hoo,
    they are picking on me. Be very careful what you wish for, because we
    will all pay the price.

    September 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. jim

    The dems don't want the campaign to be about the policies that Obama,s administration is trying to put into place.Coons is another yes man for that agenda.He would have voted for stimulus spending,unpopular and misguided healthcare reform,and will try to help get Cap and trade legislation.It is people with the mindset of Coons that we have a national debt of 13.3 trillion.

    September 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Jilli

    Ah...Mr. Pence...what's more informative than watching video of the candidate making comments? I don't call that "nitpicking".

    Admit it Pence, you're just angry because your cretins like Breitbart weren't able to get ahold of and modify the tapes first – we're seeing ms. o'donnell in all her shining glory – or absolute backward insanity!

    September 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Marco

    Does Pense realize that he too is the establishment?

    September 20, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Delaware IS about O'Donnell now. She's a pickled-brained nut job, and people actually voted for her which shows where their brains are.

    September 20, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Paul

    "...the American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts"

    So, Mike, why should they trust the Republican Party that gave us all of these the last time they were in power?

    Pence is enjoying his moment in the sun. Like Gingrich, like Palin, he is nationally irrelevant.

    September 20, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Robert

    As someone who supported Ms. O'Donnell, I am Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by her comments on Bill Maher.

    September 20, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. NotFooled

    "...the American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, "

    Oh, you mean we're tired of YOUR behavior. Seeing as you were part and parcel of the borrow and spend mentality of the bush admin and were involved in bushs tarp plan...I'd say you're one of the enemy Mr. Pence. Even to this day you have no problem supporting adding $800 billion directly onto the deficit for tax cuts for the top 2% – those affected least by the bush recession – yet Pence opposes the extension of unemployment benefits and opposed the small business bill. Borrow for handouts to the rich...that's reasonable in Mr. Pences world. Have you no shame? Or do you really think the American voters are that stupid?

    September 20, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Pragmatic

    Pence said ""I don't think Delaware's about Christine O'Donnell..."

    Huh? First she gets off the hook for scheduled national appearances to hang with the people of Delaware at a picnic – not its not about Delaware?

    It's all about sending a poorly qualified person to make decisions for all of us ...

    It's about Miss O'Donnell treating her campaign funds like they are her very own personal piggy bank. She's used that money to pay for things like her rent, for gas, meals and even a bowling outing. And that's just flat-out illegal," Who does she think she is? Rubio?

    In 2009, Miss O'Donnell wasn't even a candidate for anything, yet she had numerous "campaign expenses", things like travel and gas, ... yet she had no actual campaign," You want her to spend your tax dollars?

    September 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. norma

    The Tea Party might want to do a big more vetting of their candidates. If they even googled Christine O'Donnell, they would have known she was a complete nut. Now, I'm not sure they would have found the "first date on the satanic altar" interview, but the stuff about her foreclosure problems and unpaid taxes as well as the "employment" problems are very easy to find.

    September 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Lenaer Nichols

    Way to go Christine O'Donnell, I really don't think people with any sense care how or when you got your education or when you paid for it . Do these people really want truths ?? .. Well just look up almost any of the politicians and find out how many of them tell the truth about anything, actually you are running way behind in lies. Chalk it all up to being a woman in politics , and give them the best run for their money. Being a woman I can tell you we are tired of the putdowns and being classed with no brains .If no brains made a differance there would not be many of these electied officials in office. Then maybe they have a point how many of these no brainers have we helped put in power over us? Get real women and help put brains in power........

    September 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. onlysanetexanleft

    No one's taking things out of context Pence. She said this stuff on tape. I guess this is the evil librul media? She said this stuff now see needs to own it.

    September 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. blue

    Mike Pence, the GOP has reached a new low.

    September 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. GJ

    For a party that criticizes the President for useless platitudes, they offer plenty of them.

    September 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. roro

    If O'Donnell was born in 1969, and "dabbled in witchcraft" in 1999, she was 30 years old – not some naive teenager following her peer crowd. She was a fully grown adult woman, who should have known better. There is no excuse for her poor choice and risky behavior. This woman has absolutely none of the qualities necessary to be a U.S. Senator. Her views are so skewed and so far out of the mainstream as to be downright scary.

    September 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Spin that Tea

    O'Donnell only won the Delaware primary by 1,500 votes...there are more people in a supermarket than that! How is that a 'mandate" as Pence is trying to say?

    If ANY Democrat ever said they 'dabbled in witchcraft" and "had a date on a satanic altar", the GOP and the Tea Party fringe would be all over that candidate to leave the race. How can those words be 'taken out of context'??

    Why is it OK to both the GOP and Tea Party that O'Donnell is an ex-witch?? (Watch the tape, those are her actual words).

    September 20, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Wake up America, The Republican get us into the mess we are in

    The Republican is the onces who cause this Debt crisis... Hello are we so slow in memory. The Republican started the borrowing and
    they are the onces that put us in the deficit. But they know how to tell lies and come off looking good. The Democrat needs to do more of selling of their brand and shouti Louder so people can hear them. The Democrats havee done a great job to put the country back on track but they don't know how to sell their product. The Republican will put the
    country back down the wrong road. It is important that they don't get
    control of the HOuse. They will stop the progress. You have to spend money to make money. There is no other way, so what the Republican are selling to thepeople are all lies.

    September 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. ken

    Change my , Less spending, taxes and Medicare sounds good on paper, but put that on the balance sheet. Their generic approach of cutting taxes and siphoning social security and Medicare for the funding is in itself so unpopular they don't even mention it.

    September 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. me

    Mr. Pence, please stop trying to cover up the facts. It is what it is. Try being truthful with the public for once, maybe it will set you and your followers free. Answer the questions that are given to you, and stop turning everything someone says into something else. The public is sick of the games your party is playing. If no is your answer to winning, and it's working, that is just what we will have if you ever get elected, NO.

    September 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Publius13

    "[T]he American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers." Did I hear that right? Sounds like the Republican Party actions beginning with June, 2001. Borrow money from the Treasury to pay tax cuts to millionaires, spend unbudgeted billions on unnecessary war, bailout Wall Street in August 2008 when it failed, and takeover the companies that failed. Which party is this guy with?

    September 20, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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