October 2nd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
11 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. Shannon

    there's some convictions for you. I guess it explains why she steals from donations given to her campaign, and why she continues to lie about her education. She's a lunatic who wants to legislate morality, maybe she will pass a law that we all have to eat meatballs..... who would vote for this woman!

    October 2, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. DENNA

    So she's a christian because she loves Italian food? What?! If you weren't scared of her before, now might be a good time to be afraid. What in the !!ell is going on in this country? Back when America was great, this little nut would not have even been seriously considered for election. Thanks Tea Party and Republicans, on in the same I say. Thanks for participating in the dumbing down of America.

    October 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Common Sense

    Move over Sarah Palin, CNN has a new addiction, Christine O'Donnell .

    October 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Jon from Madison

    Do any of you idiots recall that Bill Maher's show was a "COMEDY" show that revolved around politics. These are not her true views, they are comical quips. I can't believe that this is all liberals have to go off of. They are going to hand her the election.

    October 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. larry

    Basically she said she became a Christian because she likes to eat meat. So I guess she believes that if you don't eat meat, you can't be a Christian. This proves the theory that a vegetable can eat meat.

    October 2, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Flipper

    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?

    October 2, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. LouAZ

    Meatballs ! That is the first thing this woman has said that makes any sense. Religion does belong on the Food Channel.

    October 2, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. mary

    Why was she interviewed so much in 1999? Because she was so darn funny?

    October 2, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Lobo

    Good Lord. No wonder Palin loves her. LOL

    October 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. thomas

    I'm sure she's good with a fork ! You are what you eat !

    October 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Comments count

    Does anyone really think this woman has any business serving in the US Senate?? There's no way she represents the average person in Delaware of for that matter anywhere. She seems a bit narcissistic. She is an embarrassment to women and should keep her mouth shut.

    October 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Carol

    God and meatballs?

    October 2, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. jim

    Shouldn't the voter be deciding on how to vote based on how the candidates feel on real issues .Coons supports big government and cap and trade legislation. Had he been in the office that he seeks he would have voted for tarp, stimulus. and the unpopular healthcare reform legislation.The voters of Delaware get it so why is the media reporting this instead of what someone said on a talk show over 10 years ago and done for ratings.

    October 2, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. JohninTampa

    Enough is enough. In 1999 Ms. O'Donnell was apparently trying to be funny, of all things on a comedy show. But even if she was serious (which to me is impossible to imagine), what does she think now? I want her to update her positions on each of these absurd things she said a decade ago. Until she does I assume she is still of that mind. If she is still of that mind on ANY of these, well I can't vote in Delaware but I can send money to Chris Coons.

    October 2, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. IceT

    Better reason for becoming a christian than most christians I know. At least she says she choose it rather than being indoctrinated as a child.

    October 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Bessy

    WOW !! This woman is a real nut case. What a reason to pick a religion !!!!!!
    Is there any possibily that her and Sarah Palin are long, lost siblings ?

    October 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Tea Party – because lunatics need a political party too.

    October 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Moderate

    Love for Italian food? Honey, you are so far off the deep end I can't imagine you winning dog catcher let alone the Sen. But you are the poster child for the TEA Party , Jim DeMint follower and the GOP.

    October 2, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Wow ... she's so deep ... would have become a Hare Krishna except for the vegetarian part ...sounds like she's got just the kind of strength of character Delaware needs representing them during these challenging times – NOT!

    October 2, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Rick

    the italian branch of the o'donnell clan?

    October 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Kenneth

    Maher's 10 year old clips held against O'Donnel that leaves the President open to any an all comers: If this is Journalism I'll it the Balls.

    October 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. teabuggery!

    ...and I'm agnostic because of O'donnell. God, whoever the hell that is, must cringe at this woman and her ilk.

    October 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Brett

    Oh, this is too good...

    October 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Kenneth Krieger

    Bill Maher is vicious and nasty. He has no respect for anyone. Mrs. Odonnell was just having fun a acting goofy on his show. I'll bet he laughed. Bill Maher does not believe in religion with or with out meat balls. Bill Maher is a meat ball. Christine is a better person than the bearded marxist she is running against. She is a real American and a Sarah Palin rRpublician. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    October 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Poor Maher!

    He used to actually be an interesting person. Now he's merely Adriana Huffington's pimp.

    October 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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