O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing
December 14th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
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O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing

(CNN) – Political 'troublemaker' Christine O'Donnell revealed she will back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president Tuesday and touted his "executive experience and consistency" in an interview Wednesday morning, where she also took aim at Romney's rival for the GOP nomination.

O'Donnell told CNN "American Morning" anchor Carol Costello that she'd "thought a lot" about her decision and hoped her endorsement will cause others to give Romney a "second look."

Romney has been criticized by conservatives for reversing position on critical issues, but for O'Donnell, "he's been consistent since he changed his mind."

"(Romney's) humble enough to say 'I don't always have the right answers,' and he's open to other viewpoints, and if it doesn't betray his core convictions, he'll make the necessary changes," she said.

The unsuccessful Delaware U.S. senate candidate and tea party movement supporter balked at behavior of fellow tea party enthusiasts saying she didn't believe Gingrich should receive backing from the tea party .

"People are trying to paint Newt Gingrich as the anti-establishment candidate, which I think is funny," O'Donnell said.

"So many tea partiers are flocking behind Newt Gingrich, I decided to come out at say…the tea party I don't think should be behind Newt at all."

O'Donnell accused Gingrich of being "inconsistent and unreliable"-criticism similar to Romney's Tuesday slam of his GOP rival that declared Gingrich an "unreliable conservative."

But, she asserted, "I'm making my endorsement as personal. As Christine O'Donnell."

"Not on behalf of the tea party," she said.

In 2010, thanks to backing from the tea party movement, O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle, a former governor and the GOP establishment pick, for the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware. O'Donnell subsequently lost the general election contest by double digits to Democratic candidate Chris Coons.

She released a book detailing the events of her Senate bid titled "Troublemaker" in August.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Antonio666

    An endorsement from this nutbar can only hurt Romney. Guess we better start looking forward to Newt's revisionist history lessons for the next 11 months.

    December 14, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. EBroadwell

    She certainly didn't help her credibility by saying Romney is consistent. I have to ask: Why does CNN think she's important enough to interview?

    December 14, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    WiredweirdinSF, does your comment prove your moral superiority, or your penchant for juvenile (conservative) comments? Please pick one, and if its the former, your own words undermine your case, once again.

    December 14, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. vatoloke

    "he's been consistent since he changed his mind."

    Did she pull that from Yogi Berra's book, "Yogisms"? If not, it's a good one for it.

    December 14, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Maryellen

    Oh darn, I was hoping we had heard the last of her and Palin. Does anybody care who either of them endorses, they are yesterdays news.

    December 14, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Last nail in Romney's political coffin.

    December 14, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Carlos

    Let's ask the crazy homeless person yelling on the streetcorner who he/she endorses... carries about as much weight as this mental midget.

    December 14, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. terry

    I can hear Mitt screaming from here: "Please, G-d, NOOOOO!!!!!!" PLEASE, Make her endorse someone else? What did I to deserve her witch curse????????

    December 14, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Terry

    Poor Newt, he has been dumped by a witch. As for Romney, it is nothing more than one cult supporting another cult. Attention GOP, we need a viable candidate – keep looking.

    December 14, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    vatoloke wrote:

    "he's been consistent since he changed his mind."
    Did she pull that from Yogi Berra's book, "Yogisms"? If not, it's a good one for it.
    It's hilarious. Because it means the next time he changes his mind, he will be doggedly consistent on that new position.

    December 14, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. nooneknows

    Is Mitt a witch too?

    December 14, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. blake

    Who cares what O'Donnell thinks. Political lightweight.

    December 14, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. FM

    We are almost there my fellow republicans. From Donald Trump's debacle of moderating the debates, to Christine O'Donnell endorsing someone, and now waiting the queen from Alaska to tell us: " cut your hair with a hammer"! Quite entertaining GOP process of getting the nominee!

    December 14, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Tim C

    Newt Gingrich must think she's such a witch.

    December 14, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Namejkane

    Who cares who these teapublican nut jobs support, republicans should take a look at these clowns and vote for Obama!!!

    December 14, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. Expat American

    Romney (or any candidate) to O’Donnell….Palin…Cain, and Bachmann once she drops out.

    "Please, endorse the other guy!, I want to at least make it to the big show before my party ‘values’ of Genocide Over Policy (GOP) are proven to be a fraud."

    December 14, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. DTD in New Mexico

    So the stupid little witch girl endorses Romney,
    Who cares??
    Will probably hurt him more than help him!

    December 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. johnborg

    She makes Palin and Bachmann look brilliant. I'm not sure if Mitt wants her endorsement.

    December 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Vote for Obama, he saved our country from another republican great depression.

    December 14, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    WiredweirdinSF wrote:

    Okay drug addicted liberal attack dogs, a special bonus from the unbiased Political Tickerk quick demean, degrade this woman. Oh I see you have already started. Always remember under democrat liberals, no one is allowed a contrary opinion, kinda like that big country that failed, the USSR
    Stop projecting. Recall that it was a Republican, George W. Bush, who asserted, "If you are not with us, then you are with the terrorists." It was Republicans who declared anyone who disagreed with the war strategies as unpatriotic. It has been conservatives declaring anyone who disagrees with their world view communists, fascists, and marxists. Finally, it has been Christine herself who marginalized her own credibility, but it really was the liberals who laughed the most at her.

    December 14, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. JonDie

    Did O'Donnell's psychic tell her Romney is the one? Or am I thinking Nicky Haley?

    December 14, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    I guess he consistently changes his mind. Interesting conundrum.

    Please don't make conparisons to Yogi Berra...that's an insult to Yogi.

    December 14, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. Expat American

    O'Donnell is the one with the Funny Faces, Palin's the ones with the Winks...and Bachmann is the one with the 'little half closed comatose eyes', right?

    Frankly at this point...an O'Donnell, Palin, Bachmann 3-way Presidency is as valid as that of any of the other GOP two faced liars up on that stage.

    December 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Belinda

    Well, there goes Romney's campaign...

    Maybe it can be counteracted with a Palin endorsement of Gingrich?

    December 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Jay

    I don't know who is supposed to be happy with this endorsement! If I was Gingrich – I'd be who cares that I didn't get the Village Witch's (or Idiot) Endorsement! If I was Romney – I'd might be happy to know that her coven would now be votiing for me but maybe I'd be worried that I would now be associated with her name! Does she really think any sane rational thinking American really gives a damn what she says or who she endorses – the fact that she lost her campaign should be a clue that she needs to SHUT UP!

    December 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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