October 2nd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell and meatballs

(CNN) - Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she tried "every other kind of religion," including witchcraft and Buddhism but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food.

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," O'Donnell said in an interview with Bill Maher in 1999. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."

The clip originally aired on Maher's show "Politically Incorrect" on July 9, 1999, and ran again Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher." It is the third clip Maher has aired of O'Donnell since she won the GOP's Senate nomination in Delaware last month. O'Donnell appeared on "Politically Incorrect" 22 times in the 1990s.

O'Donnell has been in the national spotlight the past few weeks for her controversial comments on religion, sex and witchcraft.

The most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely voters in Delaware released September 22nd had O'Donnell trailing her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons by 16 points.

The winner of the November election will fill the remaining four years of Vice President Joe Biden's Senate term. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman is currently the interim replacement.

The O'Donnell campaign did not return a CNN request for comment.

Bill Maher will be on CNN's John King, USA every night next week at 7 p.m. ET.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. elidude

    oh, it just keeps getting better and better! DE, are you REALLY not going to do a write in?

    October 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Edgar Friendly

    That's funny. I had a similar experience. I was going to become a Christian, but I didn't want to have to start being a jerk to anybody who thinks differently from me.

    October 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. elidude

    @Bessy: O'Donnell and Palin long lost sib.s! LOL!

    October 2, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. Forbes, Waterloo

    I note that the right wing apologists are screaming foul: "That was O'Donnell 10 years ago making funning quips! The nasty Liberals are taking seriously her comedic quips! "

    But it is clear that she has not really changed. She is just a funny as ever. Unless, perhaps, she is suffering from a rare psychic disorder: PMS (Prohibiton of Masturbation Syndrome). Let us all show more compassion....

    October 2, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Gpenn


    The left-wing, smear campaign on O'Donnell continues; what a shock that CNN is a willing participant in it.

    Ever notice that CNN rarely talks about her poistions on important fiscal issues? Do you liberals ever wonder why?

    ----------------Because she doesn't have one. Feel free to find it and post it. You'll be looking for awhile.

    October 2, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. UncleM

    It's shocking that teabaggers stand up for her.Are their standards that low? Stupid is as stupid does. What does the rest of the world think of America?

    October 2, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. IceT

    The vast majority of Christians out there didn't even "choose" their religion the were spoon fed it from infancy. At least she choose it herself, even if it was a light hearted response to a stupid question.

    October 2, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. George of the jungle

    Flipper CNN doesn't talk about he take on the issues because she dose not talk about the issues. It is really scary when these nut jobs can even think of runningfor public office and scarier still that idiots vote for them. You get what you ask for. Vote all repos out in November

    October 2, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Julie C

    This woman is a wack job if ever I saw one....well, close to Bachman, Palin and Angle. What is wrong with our country to give any attention to nuts like this?

    October 2, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. hankers

    James Brooklyn N.Y. : "Shame on Bill Maher. He should have put this stuff out there before the primary. Then this whack job would not have a chance to be elected." >>>>> yes, the left-wing media has learned a few things from the GOP over the years.

    October 2, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. CedarRapids

    'Ever notice that CNN rarely talks about her poistions on important fiscal issues? Do you liberals ever wonder why?'
    yeah, its because she hasnt got any position other than 'we'll take our country back' whatever that actually means.

    October 2, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Angelica

    I wouldn't wonted this woman to teach my child in the school, I don't even wont to imagine her being a senator. Sarah thinks that if you extreme enough you don't need knowledge, it worked very well in her case. This country has become Sarah s country, at least she is acting like this.

    October 2, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Greg Hodges

    I am not going to bother commenting on this woman`s idiotic statements; they speak for themselves. What I would like to point out is how these conservative Christians keep attacking anyone who opposses their slanted point of view, without ever stopping to think , "Would Jesus really approve of this?!" Ask yourself if this rings a bell,"Judge not, lest ye yourself might be judged likewise!!" If you truely believe in the Christian message; love your neighbour as you love yourself.

    October 2, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Mr. T. Bag

    Holy --, what a crazy, arrogant -–. –This is the face of the Tea Party... Right-wing-nut, religious-fanatic Republicans that are creating a Christian Taliban in America.

    But wait - she has a plan! –Vote for her, and she will pray for our economy - yes, to the very sweet, merciful, Baby Jesus - for bountiful job growth and abundance!!!

    Yea, Praise Baby Jesus! Go Tea Party!!!

    October 2, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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