Christine O'Donnell: Witch ad was a mistake
August 16th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
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Christine O'Donnell: Witch ad was a mistake

(CNN) – Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is not a witch and hated the commercial that stated that fact.

Promoting her new book, Troublemaker, on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, the tea party poster-candidate admitted that the infamous spot which attempted to distance her from past comments that she'd "dabbled into witchcraft" wasn't the best choice.

"I did hate it," she said.

Widely addressed in the book, O'Donnell noted that she also acknowledged the ad was a mistake on the campaign trail.

"It was taking us, once again, off message," she said.

But really, she had the best intentions.

After upsetting party-backed Mike Castle, a nine-term Delaware congressman and former governor, in the GOP Senate primary, O'Donnell said the National Republican Senatorial Committee balked in supporting her bid for the general election.

"We were trying to win over the NRSC," she revealed. "They were not getting involved."

The ad-where she told voters, "I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."-was an effort to garner the committee's support. The NRSC did eventually contribute to O'Donnell's campaign.

O'Donnell, who has now run for the Senate in Delaware three times, chalked the widely-panned commercial up as a learning experience and dished out campaign advice for other political hopefuls.

"Anyone going forward in politics needs to take a huge lesson is this and that's if you've gotten this far, trust your gut," O'Donnell advised.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • NRSC
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Billy Davis

    Baaahahahaha, That commercial was hilarious. Of course she regrets it now that she's had time to understand that people laughed really hard at it. "I am not a witch", priceless.

    August 16, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. GregHaus

    Christine: Your 15 minutes are up. Buh-bye.

    August 16, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Liz the First

    There is nothing wrong with being a witch! we do have freedom of religion in this country and the silliness over her 'witch' ad is just another slap in the face of a perfectly good religion. this one is too dumb to be a witch. it takes years of study and caring about people. it involves a lot of personal growth and hard work. somehow, this just doesn't sound like this flake.

    August 16, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Chach

    I'm surprised she didn't chose a title like, "Un-beaten" or "Victorious" or "Mission Accomplished" for her book. Would be right in line with her ilk.

    August 16, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. DaisyinNY

    Why does a 3 time campaign loser think she should give campaign advice? Thats Tea party logic for ya!

    August 16, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. BD70

    So ya pulled O'Donnell out of storage and blew the moth balls off. Who cares...she is one of many left behind or who will be left behind. Next will be Michelle Bachmann.

    August 16, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Too bad she is not a witch. It would be fun to see politicians turning into toads (on the outside).

    August 16, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. bb

    No, you hated that it did not work. Where's your cash cow now? Why don't you just go away and look for it, O'Donnell...

    August 16, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Palin 2112

    Perhaps it's time for Christine to get a real job.

    August 16, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Chipster

    Christine, I hated that you claimed to have studied the Constitution but you didn't know what was in the 1st Amendment. I will, however, give you credit for recognizing that it does mean the separation of church and state. When you heard what it actually says, you didn't deny what it meant. You understood the words. Can't say that much for people like Palin and Bachmann. They get historical facts completely wrong and insist that they're right. You're far more capable than either of them.

    August 16, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. 2cents4free

    The biggest mistake by far was Christine O'Donnell being Christine O'Donnell.

    August 16, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. cardog

    In summation...The Mistake Was Her, from the start.......

    August 16, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Not a Witch

    She's not a witch, I havent seen her at any of the meetings.

    Besides there's an easy way to test if she is a witch, just see if she weighs the same as a duck!

    August 16, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. John

    Why don't you try and get a real jobs, because you have no Political Experience at all. and you are back by the Tea Party and that should show people that the Tea party go for. People with no Political Experience at all. Is someone like this you want to be In GOVERNMENT. Beside I think she living off people donations.

    August 16, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. SilentBoy741

    Who's Christine O'Donnell? The name sounds slightly familiar.. I think that was the name painted over DanQuayle's in the reserved parking spaces - for about 2 weeks.

    August 16, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. thomas

    Let it go , move on , do something with your out of touch life !

    A mistake is paying trillions of dollars looking for WMDs,

    August 16, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. dragonwife

    Somehow, the first thing that popped into my mind with that commercial was the Monty Python sketch in "Holy Grail" - "I'm NOT a witch! ... They dressed me up like this...."

    August 16, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Jeff

    Mistake 1.) Running for national office without any ability to actually do the job
    Mistake 2.) Playing chicken with Bill Maher when you know full well he has all sorts of embrassing footage of you saying stupid stuff that he will definately twist to make you look bad.

    August 16, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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