November 2nd, 2010
11:40 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell: GOP will never be the same

(CNN) - "We were victorious."

Those are the words of Republican and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell in Delaware.

Even though she lost the U.S. Senate race to Democrat Chris Coons, O'Donnell told her supporters tonight, "We were victorious because the Delaware political system will never be the same. That's a great thing." She immediately added, "The Republican party will never be the same. And that's a good thing."

O'Donnell surprised the Republican political establishment with her September primary win over long-time Delaware Republican congressman and former Governor Mike Castle.

"This whole campaign is about putting the political process back into your hands," O'Donnell said. She predicted the party leadership in Delaware will be drastically different from now on: "Our elected officials will be held accountable by their constituents, like it or not."

One of the people O'Donnell intends to hold accountable is the man who defeated her. She told the crowd when she called Chris Coons tonight, she asked him to watch her nearly 30-minute commercial, "so that he can see what's going on in Delaware the way I have." She continued, "We can only hope and pray that he chooses to go against his party leadership and do what's right for the people of Delaware."

No surprise: Senator-elect Chris Coons sees things differently. During his victory speech, Coons told supporters, "The people of Delaware have said that our ideas... are the right ones to grow our economy and to get this state and our people back on track." He added, "You sent a message that the politics of "no," the politics of division, the politics of negativity have no place in this great state."

Pointing to fellow Democrat John Carney, who won today's election for Delaware's seat in the House of Representatives, Coons said, "You want us to level with you. You want us to go the Washington and tackle the tough challenges that face our country. You want us to work hard for you and you want us to make hard choices for you."

Coons told the crowd, "Tonight I pledge to you that I will work tirelessly to get our nation back on track."

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Chris

    O'Donnell's lack of knowledge of the US Constitution, and other bizarre beliefs is what hurt her.

    November 2, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Joe citizen abroad

    "Putting the political process back into your hands"??? Where did she think it was? No one stole it. We've had free elections since the dawn of our republic. This ignorant talk-show rhetoric has to stop.

    November 2, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. wiz

    She's so lame, and she knows it; that's why she's thanking her lucky stars that she didn't win...

    November 2, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Smarter American

    Scary that we have people with D-rated, if any, education, that can make a name for themselves like O'Donnell and Palin. America, you should be ashamed that you give people with such little life and academic knowledge the power to go public. I thank my lucky stars every day that I live in area where brains are required to speak out.

    November 2, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Elllis Island

    So a few tea party wackos win...they think the established GOP is going to lay down the red carpet for them?? Oh yes, Senator Paul, just waltz right in and take over. What a bonehead. Paul & O'Donnell deserve each other.

    November 2, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. John P

    Guess all of that preying proves that God didn't like Christine much after all.

    November 2, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |

    I honestly believe that my 19 year old daughter is far more prepared than this woman to represent us, what scares me the most is that people actually follow this so call politician, God please don't forget about us!!!!

    November 2, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Bryan

    She's right that the GOP will be held more accountable, even if her rhetoric is not so polished that she can make a silver dollar fall out of the behinds of the desparaged American youth. Many incumbents in both parties received quite a shock during this past election season: listen to the people or they will kick you out.

    The Tea Party members will be in a unique position to bargain this coming season: listen to their views or they will side with the Democrats to block anything the GOP puts out.

    November 2, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |