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. USN

    Good for her ! All the national media does is run hit pieces on her and fluff on her opponent .After all it is the people ! Pay attention obama.

    September 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Sybaris

    No more national media interviews. That's one way of not being exposed as incompetent by Couric et. al.

    September 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. tim


    Seems somewhat

    But then why wouldn't the Witch hook up with the Devil for another meaningless statement.

    Does it EVER end?

    September 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Whatever

    Oh did she forget she will be voting on issues affecting the rest of the nation?!?!?! We have not forgotten that point. It is very important for the entire nation to hear her view points – – what a nut!!!!!!! She did not realize that Sarah lost her election run.. .DUH – – do national media address the issues and speak to your platform.

    September 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Progressive from Georgia

    O'Donnell has not allowed any national media interviews so why it is news she will not do any before election day? O"Donnell recently appeared on Fox with Sean Hannity but that is not "national news" but rather the national Republican propoganda network.

    O'Donnell is almost as lame as Sarah Palin who communicates solely through Fox and Facebook. What are they scared of?

    September 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Ram

    She just can't handle the heat... and she doesn't have what it takes. She needs take a job in her church, cuz your kind is not what this country needs.

    September 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. guitarharry

    So...being a United States Senator is just a "local" affair?! This just confirms my suspicion that O'Donnell is nothing more than a political opportunist; she doesn't want anyone to ask her any tough questions because she realizes she's not qualifed to answer them. She and Palin are like clones: scary. Don't do it, Delaware. You will really regret putting this woman in charge.

    September 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Ernie

    Christine O'Donnell is doing the right thing by campaigning in DE not accroos the country. When she wins in DE I believe Carl Rove will be eating "Crow". Carl Rove is a very "Petty" man. He should be congratulating Christine O'Donnell for wining the Delware primary not bad mouthing her. Carl Rove is a very lucky man because he committed treason and got away with it. So Carl you owe Christine O'Donnell an apolgoy.

    September 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Patrick from Minnesota

    More spin from the No Talk Express. Voters in Delaware, take note.

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Buster Bloodvessel

    Aw, and with Halloween coming up and everything! Witch Network will she do interviews with? Sounds like the voters will be Goblin her up.

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Mary

    Sounds just like her Sista Sarah!! This is going to be a good show. She realizes she has stepped in it. I can't wait to see what Bill Maher comes out with next.

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Doug

    She kinda has a point. It is not a National election, it is a small state election. She can cover the entire state in 40 days. The democrat in the race is an admitted Marxist and Harry Reids PET, she needs to focus on that. Go Christine.

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Marva

    Another Palin-want-to-be! If the media latches on to something stupid you've said – in public – just stick your head in the sand and complain that the media is being unfair and biased! The "witchcraft" thing doesn't concern me. BUT, a belief that U.S. scientists have created mice with fully-functioning human brains is definitely of concern ... perhaps she's simply jealous of the mice?!

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. jeff in sf

    Not ready for prime time.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. America Shrugged

    Ah, a play outta the ole Palin handbook. Stupid is as stupid does. I guess Ms purity test doesn't know that as a US Senator, every vote she casts does affect every American. Her usefulness as a Senator from Delaware goes only as far as pork projects she can get for her state...OOOPS, they are against pork barrel projects too.. Wow, I guess she'll just be sitting there in the senate like a rag doll with those dead eyes.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. DesertRed

    This should be good. I'm sure all the national news reporters will cooperate.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |

    All this assuming that she is not indited on Fraudulent Campaign money charges before then!

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Louisiana Man

    Then why did she go on Fox ?
    Cause she would be cuddled, cooed, suckled and rocked into the homogeneous bosom of hannity and co.

    He would not want to upset her with horrendous questions about her questionable financial fiascoes or other ludicrous mishaps that have come back to haunt her.

    She exemplifies the same characteristics that the good, christian GOP accuse the Dems when blatant irresponsibility if forefront and center.

    But she is one of their own-poetic justice.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. herrer

    Really Christine you should know what you are getting yourself into as with all tea party candidates you have to deal with the media. Honestly the media never treats anybody farily and these questions are going to come out sooner or later especially when you where in politically incorrect. I want to hear your debate where you stand and your ideas on what you would do as a senator. You need to stay out of your right wing idelogy which I do feel you have done a good job on it. When you become a senator if you win the election these things are going to keep coming to you deal with it.

    September 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. SuperD

    Good for her.

    It's not like the MSM is going to treat her fairly, so she must do this. The media is only interested in destroying her. If the media wants to do something, go after that Marxist fool Coons. I'm sure there's a ton of anti-American skeletons in his closet. Hey wait, that sounds like our President!!!

    September 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. jc

    Haha. Big Surprise. Now, how is she going to defend all the attacks that her opponent is going to throw on the "national media"?? Good plan.

    September 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. Johny Huber

    For someone running for national office for the third time, for someone who obviously has been an attention monger for decades and for someone who is the new rockstar of the Republignant party, I find her "focus" on Delaware to be disingenuous and self serving at best.

    September 22, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. joe

    So what are you hiding?

    September 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. LeeOats

    The Ouija board has spoken. I bet she was in the Slytherin house at Hogwarts.

    September 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Nellie Bly

    Here's hoping the local media really gives her good, inquisitive questions. Being that it's Delaware, i suspect they will. No softballs here.

    September 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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