September 20th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
12 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. Anonymous

    yes for republican candidate to state one of her first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar does mean she has a lot to try to overcome in a month.

    September 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Snow

    What is important is that Christine O'Donnell will vote for a fiscally conservative agenda and not rubber stamp the out of control spending of obama and the liberal congress. So what if she tried witch craft in high school, most kids in high school do crazy things as an experiment.

    September 20, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. John in Dallas

    Thats all well and good but you need people with some brains between the ears. Not people like O'donnell or Palin who cant find Uganda on a map. They talk a big game but when they got to Washington it will be more of the same because us Dems will not work with them either......and more gridlock ahead for all!!!!

    September 20, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Haren

    This is not nitpicking but she is out of MAIN street America.
    TEA party is not all American voters and she was elected by 10% of Delaware vote.
    To put something out of context is business of FOX news not main street media.

    September 20, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. katiec

    There is quite a bit of difference between people wanting change and total diaster.
    The people the tea party are supporting are unqualified, unethical and radicals. We most certainly do not need any more Bachmans in leadership positions.
    They seem to support spite, hate, anger, letting theirselves be blindly led by those who want smaller government, but, for the opportunity of Wall St takeover of our country.
    They need to open their eyes to what is really going on in our country and their misgui8ded group,.

    September 20, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Hal Brackin

    Ms. O'Donnell I wouldn't let these ding-a-lings bother you regarding your dabble in Witchcraft. As you can seel they have been dabbling in supidity and haven't progressed any further.

    September 20, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. diridi

    this guy is another nasty idiot with no brain....talks like a silly child...we need to do couple of things. 1. pass anti-earmark legislation, 2. put term limits on congress and senate, 3. pass anti-lobby reform, anyone who comes with lobby, cut his Arabia...4. Anti-Derivative reform, then America will be more Obama is going to be born....for these....I am so glad, we passed Fin reg. reform and Health care reform....need to do immigration, and climate and energy...God bless pres. Obama...if i have to suggest i do, bring back Manufacturing and give incentive to Agriculture, and produce more fuel efficient cars with solid warranty and cheaper star, and energy star....push...

    September 20, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Michael

    I say throw water on her and see if she melts.

    September 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. BillOReits

    The absurdity of Pence comment that Tea Party momentum owes itself to "men and women that are willing to stand up and be counted and take on the establishment", is mind boggling. Do the truly grass rooted Tea Partiers have any clue about the real interests of those whose cash is the driving force behind their party? If they did, they would find that their own, Super-Established donors should be the target of any truly grass roots populist movement. This is the greatest con since The Trojian Horse.

    September 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Carolyn E Powell

    No Deleware is not about O'Donnell if she keeps going in my email and using what she reads in her speaches I am going to send her an invoice for payment.

    September 20, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Djinn

    Nice try. However the political contest is about which candidate Delaware voters are going to trust. And it doesn't seem too likely that their trust will be in a cutie-pie flake who "dabbled in witchcraft" [whatever that means]. She IS lipstick on a pig. You just can't pretty up stupid.

    September 20, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. The Other Michael in Houston

    First off Mike, where was your outrage between 2000 and 2008??? Funny to see you Republican American Hating Jihadist all of sudden have this huge problem with government spending. As for that nut job O'Donnell, she said it, on live television, how is that nit picking? I cannot wait to see what else Bill Maher releases, this ought to be funnier than watching the Palin implosion show.

    September 20, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. carlos

    "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........and please do not mention that the american people want this and that because that is a LIE......she is a witch and always will be, WE THE PEOPLE, will take care of her in Delaware and as far as WE.... she is odone........

    September 20, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I know there'll be this nitpicking and attempts to take things out of context..."

    Actually, the 'NITPICKING' – called VETTING in the political – should have been done BEFORE the Tea Party – who is jumping from state to state and DISRUPTING local votes – got out there, lead by Sarah the PA'INnNECK, and endorsed someone they did not even know if she qualified!!

    So, it's up to the American people to NITPICK, or rather VET her and it's NOT GOOD!!!

    It's strange how all of a sudden the RepubliCAN'Ts accept someone that in the past, they were so much against due to MORALS and VALUES!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – the Liberal – and I approve this message. My Impersonator 'will not'!!

    September 20, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Ron in Califonia

    As a 20 year old..we al said od did something stupid.. I'll bet a closer look into anyone background will turn up something to talk about. Libs a and the Lib press are nothing short of lap dogs looking for a meal.

    September 20, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Laverne

    No Pence, it is about O'Donnell in Delaware. If you he is vying to represent the state of Delaware, the people of that state should question her past as it could effect how she represent the people. She wanted to play hardball, she threw her hat in the ring, well not it's time for her to explain herself and her positions just like anybody else would have to do. She gets no "free" pass just because she is a tea party darling, nope not gonna happen!

    September 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Sadie

    Delaware is all about O' is all about who the people put in that office as to how that person will support that State......The Tea Party are not your average Americans as they claim......they are the Rich upper class, they aren't the ones with out jobs, their the one's with income above the $250,000.00 that Obama wants to start taxing and they don't like that......they don't care about the lower class the middle of the road class, their not fighting for you and neither are the be careful in November, because these Extreme far right conservatives are going to take away more from Americans than they are going to give back in return......I would rather have an incumbent than these KNOW NOTHING COCKROACHES THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK......Look if these Tea Baggers can afford to travel to all these States and afford to play dressup in their costumes.....while you and I have a hard time just dressing our kids for school......then they aren't the people that speak for America.....

    September 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. MEW

    And the American people are also tired of the Republican lies! They are the ones who's spending caused the deficits! They are the the ones who moved American jobs overseas! They are the ones who caused the economic meltdown! The are the ones without morals and the ones that are divisive self-centered hypocrites!

    September 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. harvey 60

    she's a thief – now she wants to steal from the US Treasury instead of her campaign funds. do people from Delaware really want to elect someone who couldn't keep a job and couldn't keep her house out of foreclosure? why wasn't she paying her mortgage? we'll find out soon enough, and her fifteen minutes will be up.

    September 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Bwestley

    Dear Congressman,

    Since the people are choosing whether to vote for Christine O'Donnell to represent them as senator in Congress, what is this election about, if isn't about her qualifications, positions, and character? Isn't that why we elect our officials?

    September 20, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Julia- Idaho Native American

    CNN"sState of the Union dumping money in the Alaska election, I always knew that Candy, gimma another candy bar, was a right wing nut case. CNN you are disgusting. Fair news reporting? Not by you in a million years.

    September 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. malabar

    Good thng dems like witches more than they like christians

    September 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    So Mike Pence thinks "that the American people are tired of the borrowing, the spending, the bailouts, and the takeovers". Does he think that the American people prefer the plunging economy the last president left for the American people?

    Remember, we were LOOSING over 750,000 jobs a month before President Obama took office and passed the stimulus. The Gross Domestic Product was at MINUS 6.8% the last quarter of 2008.

    Does Pence think the American people want more of THAT?

    BTW, personally, I doubt Pence has ever felt "humbled".

    September 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. kd

    I'm tired of the extremely wealthy telling politicians what to do, what bills to pass. I'm tired of the right (that's both Repubs on the far right and Dems on the right) not listening to average wage-earning citizens and, instead, feeding them a bunch of lies and propaganda to keep the wealthy happy. We're the ones suffering and not being represented!

    I'm tired of lies from people like Pence, idiocy from people like Palin, O'Donnell, Rand, and complacency by the Dems who are supposed to be representing the middle class.

    September 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "Certainly she has some explaining to do about that to her voters in Delaware."

    Yeah. She has alot of explaining to do. She was quick to go on Fox News, but she cancelled her Sunday morning talk show appearances because of what? Does she has something to hide? It's not like we don't already know she's a loon. I can't wait for Bill Maher to release some more of those tapes.

    September 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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