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

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. Robert Foraker

    I live in Delaware too, here she is only a celebrity. She has no political persuasion here. Most Delawareans feel she's a con artist living off donations...

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

    Witch way to the highway. See 'ya. I'm sorry, but your political career is done. Better go for the reality show. It will pay more over the long run.

    August 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. FM

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

    This is funny. Who said those words "am not a witch"? Was not her in the commercial??

    August 16, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    Oh OMG!! here the media goes again trying to make a nobody into a somebody!!! Seriously, the lady lost her election bid now can you let us forget about her!!! I swear!!!

    August 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Dianne

    What's wrong with that woman? She seems to always be "a beat off" of what's going on. Her comment about not liking the "witch" reference during her campaign exemplifies that fact. If she was so easily influenced during her campaign to do something she didn't really WANT to do, imagine how gullible she would be once/if she ever held an office. These folks coming out of the woodwork talking about wanting to change our country are a scary bunch.

    August 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. A Repulbican

    donations and now a book about how she did it! Unbelivable!

    August 16, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. The Further Adventures of No-No-Bad-Dog

    Take pride in your accomplishments, Christine! Never before in American politics has anyone felt it necessary to tell the world "I am not a witch." While most of your colleagues will fade into total obscurity in a few decades, you have earned yourself a permanent place in the history books for that masterpiece.

    Your stupidity exemplifies the Tea Party.

    August 16, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Jeff

    Robert, I think you nailed it, She's not a witch she's a nut job, con artist.

    August 16, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Jaywing

    Hummm.. ya think? On the other, just trying to run for congress, when you're obviously unqualified, may have been your first mistake in a long series of mistakes.

    August 16, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Umm, no, Christy, honey. Actually your biggest mistake wasn't the witch commercial. It was you actually thinking you could continue to be the professional candidate living off your PAC money while you spent year after year pursuing your government paid job (with all the trimmings). You know, the type of Federal job you and your cohorts (Bachman/Pawlenty/Perry/Santorum come to mind) are so eager to strip others of ... all for the sake of a stagnant economy being held down because of Federal/State employees too selfish to care, while they (Bachmann, each continue to grab all the personal Federal pork they can get for themselves, yes?

    August 16, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. A Kickin` Donkey

    Don`t be fooled by Grade C politicians like this lady.

    Perry just called Beirneke "TREASONOUS" if he, as Chairman of the FED, stimulates the economy. Money supply has always been a closely watched lever by the finance community.; one the Fed has historically used. TREASONOUS? Really?

    Independents, do you really want another "Wanted Dead or Alive", swaggering cowboy in the Oval Office? Do we want another "crusader against muslims"?

    America won`t get better until we demand GRADE A candidates. Perry doesn`t make the cut.

    August 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Dave

    O'Donnell wrote a book? I wonder how many crayons she used, but that's not important. What I'm glad for is that the people of Delware saw her for what she is: a moronic twit with far more ambition than brains.

    August 16, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I did hate it," she said.
    We did too.
    That's nice.
    Who cares.
    Irrelevant, just like you.

    August 16, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. keylargo

    She may not be a witch, but she's certainly not US Senate material. Sorry Christine, you need considerably more intellectual power to be a serious Senatorial candidate.

    August 16, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. TXJim

    So telling the complete truth was a bad idea?

    August 16, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. zhawk88

    oh what the frick... this idiots back in the news? Don't we have enough whack job Repubs out there right now?? W.T.F.

    August 16, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. gt

    why are we even talking about this women...

    August 16, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. SmartPotato

    Captain Obvious winner of the year.

    August 16, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Barry from Wisconsin

    Does anyone really care what this loser (by a big margin) thinks?

    August 16, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. bailoutsos

    Which ad was a mistake?

    August 16, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Joe here in Colorado

    Know how much I care if someone is a witch or a warlock or a demon or a saint?


    Look at where the holier-than-thou types have gotten us.

    August 16, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. FactCheck

    The GOP is slowly turning into a group of grifters whose source of income is convincing dolts like the Tea Party to support their PACs.

    August 16, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Mike

    Don't be so hard on yourself. I'm sure you've made dumber decisions.

    August 16, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. us1776

    Christine, go find a career.

    Politics is not it. You're not electable.


    August 16, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Sniffit

    Her running for office was a mistake in the first place. Who knew mistakes birth other mistakes? Shocking.

    August 16, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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