September 22nd, 2010
08:41 AM ET
12 years ago

No more national media interviews, O'Donnell says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell said Tuesday night she would not do any more national media interviews."](CNN) - Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she's not going to do any more national media interviews, instead turning her attention to local media.

"I'm not going to do any more national media because that - this is my focus. Delaware is my focus and the local media is my focus," O'Donnell told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night.

"It's off the table because that's not going to help me get votes," O'Donnell said. "I instead want to go to as many town hall forums, as many candidate forums, as many church picnics that I can fit into my schedule, so that I can meet the voters."

O'Donnell's direct communication with the national news media has been limited. The GOP candidate canceled her plans to appear on two national Sunday political talk shows last weekend, her campaign saying she planned to attend local events in her state.

O'Donnell also addressed comments that surfaced last Friday after liberal comedian Bill Maher aired a tape of the candidate on his now-cancelled show "Politically Incorrect." In the clip, which first aired in 1999, O'Donnell said she once "dabbled into witchcraft" and had one of her first dates with a witch "on a satanic altar."

"Well, teenage rebellion. You know?" O'Donnell explained Tuesday night. "Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. You know? But who didn't do some questionable things in high school and who doesn't regret the '80s to some extent? I certainly do. And I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher."

Maher pledged Friday to release a new clip of O'Donnell each week on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" until she appeared on the show.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Dale

    No interviews, eh? She is Palin's Mini-Me!

    September 22, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Djinn

    So O'Donnell grabs a page from the Tundra Twit's playbook. And we can all understand why. As Mrs. Angle has said those nasty National media folks just won't ask the questions that you want to answer. Is it really possible that there is someone dumber than Palin actually running for public office. If elected, how soon will she quit?

    September 22, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Thomas

    If this woman wins, the entire state of Delaware should be spanked.

    September 22, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  4. Tosin

    Good for her....the NATIONAL MEDIA SUCKS anyways. Ratings are in the D or F range by the populace. I wont vote for her, but im happy to hear she doesnt care for the Media. Let the personal destruction begin..

    September 22, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. FDA

    That sounds like another empty headed Palin candidate. What makes the tea party think that obstruction by the GOP, then ushering in unprepared and uneducated candidates will fix this country? I agree, this country is in terrible trouble. But blaming it on Obama is ludicrous. This president, as well as this country is walking through uncharted territory. Even the great depression was different than this current mess. They blame Bush, but I think it gos back further than that. Georgie didn't help the cause by getting us knee deep in two unfunded wars. The tax breaks he issued created more dept to this nation than Clinton's total eight years. But even the GOP has stopped whining about the dept. They know (historically) the only answers to bad economy is spending and dept.

    Right now the people in this nation that are upset with government should focus on the obstructionist. It doesn't matter if you are pro Obama, or pro GOP, our county is coming to an end if we do not work together.

    September 22, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Rick

    She better take Bill up on his offer and show up for a show.

    September 22, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Right - and the national news networks and the early morning shows and the local news shows aren't capable of seeing a show or reading an article that this twit puts in a Delaware station or paper.

    I thought Palin was an utter moron, but it looks like O'Donnell is competing for the title.

    September 22, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Computer Geek

    Yes, that's right – don't talk to those who will actually shed any light on who you are or your opinions because you don't really believe anything you say or can't actually defend anything you say, so don't give interviews to people who might actually help the voters by determining who you are as a candidate. If voters are this stupid, they are welcome to what they get – in Nevada, in Alaska, in Delaware, in Colorado and anywhere else these people are running. Truth, honesty, and integrity takes a back seat to ignorance. God help the rest of us who will have to suffer these morons.

    September 22, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Hunter of the lib hunter

    If you can only be interviewed by extreme media's Fat Bastard Hannity, you are not ready for prime time.

    September 22, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Michael

    doesn't want to be caught lying anymore.
    what a chicken-sh..
    Thinks it is easier to tell local papers her "funny" stories as their reporters might not be as competent and the interviews are not all recorded.

    September 22, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. richard in montana

    Kinda make you wonder what else she is hiding under the same rock that she crawled out from under!

    September 22, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. SarahP

    This clown will say anything to make herself look good. The fact remains in 1999 on that show this idiot was 30yrs old and being a political pundit should know better than to speak stuff like this. Now she wants to avoid the media so she can meet voters, yeah right.....once again, these nutbags think they do not have to answer to the people. VOTERS IN DELAWARE, BEWARE OF THIS PERSON. She is a wolf in sheep's clothing. She avoids the media but she has no problem going on the Republican TV Channel (FAUX) trying to explain that she missed mortgage payments because she was helping someone who needed the help, so she rather go bankrupt and help someone else. What a loser, trying to spin everything.

    September 22, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Willa-PA

    And she wants to be a national figure? I guess her broomstick does not go that far...

    September 22, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. gary

    good for her. talk to her delaware voters and the local media. why go on cnn and get mocked by a bunch of liberal infected weak minded and dishonorable reporters.

    September 22, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Former Republican - Now Independent

    The world will be a much better place if Ms. O'Donnell confines her bumbling to Delaware. It may also do the Tea-Republican Party some good as well.

    She is a loser ... even by their low standards.

    September 22, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. John

    All people running for office have too deal with the media,you just don't want too go on the National media because you be ask some question that may said what kind of fraud you really are. You just want too go too town hall and church piniccs so you can lies your way though. I hope the people of Delaware are smarter than that, You are trying too hide something and someone will find out,me i think you are a crook and you were older than 18 when you dabbled in witchcraft.

    September 22, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  17. Joe

    She's taking a lesson from her mentor Sarah Palin. Blame that gosh darnit liberal media for asking such tough tricky questions as "what newspapers or magazines do you read?".

    These people don't have the background to hold national office. Honestly, the public's opinion of the Congress is low (I understand that), but that is no reason to elect a bunch of unqualified people to office. That will only make things worse.

    Mike Castle has the right idea. He refuses to endorse O'Donnell because he knows she's not qualified. Delaware voters should follow his example of doing the right thing for the state (as opposed to playing politics).

    September 22, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. ABM

    Run and hide. Typical Reublican who can throw stones but is unwilling to answer questions.

    If you are going to vote on national issues and laws you should answer to the national media as well. Plain and simple.

    September 22, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. John

    All people running for office have too deal with the media,you just don't want too go on the National media because you be ask some question that may said what kind of fraud you really are. You just want too go too town hall and church pinics so you can lies your way though. I hope the people of Delaware are smarter than that, You are trying too hide something and someone will find out,me i think you are a crook and you were older than 18 when you dabbled in witchcraft.

    September 22, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Volume Booster

    The "Lame Stream" media gets yet another one............

    Sharon Angle the second.

    "I read all of them"............

    Sounds like a SP "mini-me" doesn't she????

    September 22, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. RdclCntrst

    Wow, that answer ("Well, teenage rebellion. You know?" etc.) is actually much more reasonable and articulate than I would have given her credit for. And she's right. Many, many teenagers do things that an adult wouldn't. But as a voter, I'm more concerned about the things she's done as an adult: campaigned for an ultra-conservative social agenda (should masturbation really be a political issue? Really?), been unable to hold a long-term job, and done some questionable things with campaign funding. I'd like to hear her address some of those issues before even considering her a viable candidate.

    September 22, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    I will be just like Sharon Angle, Rand Paul and the other Tea Party members and not go on regular news, because they ask embarrassing questions and I want to keep my past hidden and not show the world how radical and what a campaign fund abuser I am. I will just go on Fox News as they won't ask me any hard questions.

    September 22, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Dan

    Just a change in strategy, right Christine? Let's call it what it is, "running scared". Pretty bad when you even have to cancel a Fox interview. Who would be more in your corner than Fox?

    She is fast becoming nothing but a Palin clone. Same stale ideas. Same lack of detail and real solutions. Same mangling of the English language. Same appeal to the reptilian brain of the base. Same contempt for intelligent debate. Same crying about the media being unfair.

    I still fascinates me that so many people can be taken in by these extremely shallow, unqualified people.

    Delaware voters, PLEASE come out and vote against this candidate. PLEASE!

    September 22, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. maf

    . . . and so goes the pattern of Sarah Palin. This is NOT surprising.
    It's OK though, whatever O'Donnell says to any "local" media will be regurgitated out to everyone virally anyway. The lunatic things she continues to promote will cement her image as a clone of Sarah and the Tea Party will stay nutty!

    Get out to vote everybody, the only way to make sure these candidates are not elected is to cast your vote for someone else!!
    Exercise your franchise!!

    September 22, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Ben in Texas

    They say, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." O'Donnell, like Angle in Nevada and others on the teabagger fringe, knows she's out of her depth and is desperately trying to hide her ignorance, and her past. Refusing to give interviews will not save her from the scrutiny of the press and bloggers. She's the flavor of the week whether she likes it or not.

    September 22, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
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