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. Brian, NJ

    Come on Delaware, have some sense and don't elect this woman.

    September 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I suggest pristine Christine just keep quiet. She is not qualified to be a U .S. Senator and the people of Delaware who voted for her should be ashamed.

    September 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Len Tolleson

    She'll be on Hannity by next week.

    September 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Meg from Iowa

    Sounds like someone knows she has too many skeletons in that closet of hers!! Too late O' put yourself in the national spotlight when you chose to run for the U.S. Senate. If you wanted to stay local you should have run for city counsel.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. Politicians need to be vetted.

    September 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    And, we care? too bad the national media won't STOP covering her...and Palin. She knows this.

    September 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. MPeters

    I kinda love how she goes on Fox News (Sean Hannity), a "national media" tell people that she is not going to do national media interviews. Excellent. Gold Star.

    Potentially should have just released a press release to this fact instead. maybe it would give her more...credibility? Wait. She had credibility?

    September 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. mike

    If she can't deal with the media why is she running for senate look at it this way if she were to become senator and then needs to face the media what is going to do run and hide this is just another sara angle running a job they are not able to handle look when you make decision and you then step on some companies interest you have to deal with it threw the media

    September 22, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Lori in St Pete

    When you run for a national office, you need to speak to the nation. The decisions she would be responsible for making affect all of us, not just the citizens of Delaware. That's okay though. If she agrees to speak with reporters from any affiliate of the big 3, her interviews become proprietary to the network for which that reporter speaks. That she doesn't acknowlege that reality speaks volumes. Or more likely, she only plans to speak with the local faux infotainment affiliate.

    September 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. bailoutsos

    And because the national media asks tough question. It doesn't matter if she is in Congress and would make decisions that will affect the nation.

    September 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Mr. Moderate

    Here we go again – Tea Party politician is outed for being a kook (Palin, Paul and now O'Donnell). Complain about how they are being picked on by the national/liberal/lamestream media and go into hiding only agreeing to talk to "friendly" outlets.

    If these people cannot stand up to media scrutiny as a candidate, how will they survive in Washington. Wake up people!

    September 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. lance corporal

    why is it the radical right wants disclosure from every one ELSE??? what are the hiding?? just like angle in az who won't answer Qs, wazzup??

    September 22, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Imbecile

    Why are tea party candidates so afraid of facing the media?

    September 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. kakaraka

    Really, no more interviews? You can't be a senator then. You don't have what it takes to. American people need to know about your extreme and radical views, your dabbling with withcraft , using of people's money given to campaign for personal expenses, total fiscal irresponsibility, and lying about your college education. American people gave you money all over the country and need clarification on how their money have been used. You don't want to interview and discuss these then you're not qualified to be a senator. Stupid tea bagger republican just want to come to Washington to just say no without knowing any clue on any issue on the table. So sad that Delaware people can even imagine voting for this morron, totally incompetent woman.

    September 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Ben Ben

    This witch is running scared and is now going into hiding.

    September 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Big Dave

    Good for her! Maybe if the Liberal msm (National Media) would focus on the problems that we are having in america like the ECONOMY she would do their shows, instead they do nothing but try to destroy her by talking about stuff that happened when she was in high school.
    I also love how CNN gushed over Coons and never bothered to ask him about his " Bearded Marxist" rhetoric.

    September 22, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. diridi

    I bet she is another Sarah Palin., without any brain....thinking....

    September 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. paul

    Please say it isn't true! This is some of the best free entertainment to be had these days.

    September 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. markus

    this fraud is doing all she can to avoid being exposure for the quack she is, and it is beyond belief that people are buying into this!!!!

    Enough of this nonsense! if you don't like the incumbent, fine, but don't buy into any fool off the street just because the tea party anointed them!!! She is doing this to avoid any OTHER skeletons in her closet from dancing out into view...

    September 22, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. joel palmer

    What you see is what you get; an empty suit.

    She is a disgrace and an embarrassmanrt to the gop; not to mention a liar and a thief

    September 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. sara

    It's funny – but I tend to agree with her.

    September 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Linda

    Gee, I wonder what she's trying to hide.

    September 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Clwyd

    It is called being chicken! Chicken because you are poorly informed on the issues and the national media would see this while local media will limit the bad exposure. Sad O'Donnell, really sad!

    September 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. markfromdover

    Running for US Senate and will not be interviewed by national media? What a fraud! Must have plenty to hide! Delaware lost a good, decent politician in Mike Castle. This O'Donnell has a lot of explaining to do !

    September 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. fideauxdon

    If we're all lucky, she'll resign from the race and crawl back under her rock.

    September 22, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  25. Rabbi David

    You know its a shame the hatchet job done on this person.Never convicted of a crime, may have strong religous convictions that are actually of a MORAL nature unlike the REAL politicos that are child molesters, cheat on their wives or sell out their electorate to corporate interests.Mad? I don't think the system knows the seething anger in the guts of most Americans for what this Country & society have become. You will harass Prostitues on your cities big streets but do nothing about the 50 illegal aliens standing right across the street in the home depot parking lot.
    I wish I lived in her state so I could vote for somebody, ANYBODY outside of the filthy system that ruins or runs this country.

    September 22, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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