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

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. GOP = Greed Over People

    Oh, let sweet life begin again! It was held in suspended animation there for a bit until missy numbnuts gave us her sermon on the mount of free rent receipts of whom she ordained worthy of her latest witches brew curse, uh, endorsement.

    Appears that "eye of newt" was an ingredient and not the subject of her stew.

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

    If Romney looks like the consistent one, it just goes to show how ridiculously weak this GOP field of candidates really is.

    December 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    Well, Newt's done now. Her endorsement doesn't mean much, but she'll put a hex on Newt. It's all over now. Maybe she'll turn Newt into a newt.
    Sorry, folks, I coudn't resist; it was just too easy.

    December 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    I can't stand Gingrich, but I think we can all agree this dumb witch needs to go away.

    December 14, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Cedar Rapids

    Since when do witches not like newts?

    December 14, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. bilk7

    As if Mitt Romney's not having a bad enough week, he ends up with the "I'm not a witch" endorsement!

    December 14, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Madtown

    Like Hollywood, CNN(and other media, to be fair) seems to be obssessed with sequels, instead of providing new and actually relevant material. Christine O'Donnell?!?!?! Who on earth would care in the least about her opinion on anything? Answer: no one. Yet, CNN recycles her for a headline. When asked what he thinks of his endorsement by O'Donnell, Mitt Romney answers: Who?

    December 14, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. gt

    why is her views even talk about... she is a looser

    December 14, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Shouldn't the right wing foreign owned media start being honest, and tell their uninformed viewers that tax cuts for the wealthy, tax breaks for big oil, bailouts of big banks and Wall Street are the worst forms of socialism? Instead, the crazy right wingnuts attack the veterans administration, our military, social security, medicare, police, firemen, teachers, nurses, post offices, publican universities, local governments,as socialist programs.

    December 14, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. v_mag

    I think O'Donnell is putting in her bid as Romney's running mate. Why not? In her world, that's possible. Pairing an establishment flip flopper with a teabagger lunatic would cap this silly season with an ultimate joke.

    December 14, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Republicans have proven over and over that they are domestic terrorists.

    December 14, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. MightyMouse

    Hear this, people: I, Mighty Mouse, ! Endorse ! drum beat... I endorse "Rick" Cainmann. He is the candidate of my choice.
    Go forth, follow my lead, and do as I dreamed last night. (after the sleeping pills wore off).
    My wish now becomes 'reality' in the world I live in. Follow your leader and do not flip nor flop. (but if you like to do otherwise, that's ok too).
    Signed "Mighty Mouse OhDear Donnell"

    December 14, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Ron

    Hahaha...she's really doing this to screw over Romney. She'll drive the tea boys further into Newt's corner, and the mainstream republicans (if any are left) will ignore her and anyone she talks about, including Mitt.

    December 14, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. bilk7

    I wonder if O'Donnell's endorsement will do the same thing Chris Christie's endorsement of Mitt Romney did? Romney has been falling in the polls since that one.

    December 14, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. v_mag

    Makes sense in a way. After all, if Mormonism is a form of Christianity, then why not witchcraft? Maybe if we could include Islam, agnosticism, and atheism as varieties of Christianity, we could all get along.

    December 14, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. NH Grandma

    Oh goodie, the Palin Jr. freak show is baaaaack!

    December 14, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Lee

    Trump/O'Donnell 2012!!!! Just to see what happens!!!! Come on folks, it will be great!!!!

    December 14, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. diridi

    GOP is Greedy. In simple terms. Passed by Congress alone, the recent jobs bill, not only hampers to Forestry, but entire pollution it creates, let alone Jobs that are about 6000 of this bill. Transcanada bought the lobbyists with 1.8 billion dollars to run 1700 stretch of this project. GOP can sell this oil to CHINA, India, etc, thus make money out of it. It hurts environment. WE NEED IN THIS NATION, ALTERNATE ENERGY....NOT GAS. Gas prices will be way up unprecedented. Watch out. GOP is hurting the nation....watch out. Obama, I urge, you to VETO. God bless....

    December 14, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. MightyMouse

    @WiredweirdinSF: "drug addicted liberal attack dogs" "demean, degrade this woman. Oh I see you have already started.... no one is allowed a contrary opinion"
    Quick, quick, the meds are wearing off, or is it the crack that you smoke? Get this man some help, medics, over here...

    December 14, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Just a thought


    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. Wecome to the Obamanation


    Wow ....what a pathetic diatribe! A word salad for the intellectually bankrupt. This is a great imitation for "how adults can easily be confused with a Jr. High schooler in a name calling contest"

    You should take your meds and go lay down. We'll let you know when the adults are done speaking.

    December 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Tom

    Well, that locks in the witch vote for Mitt!

    December 14, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Food stamps for billionaires.

    Romney's reason to become president is that he has stayed with the same woman for 25, . . .I mean 42 years.

    December 14, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. BOBBY

    Nothing she says or does is of any value whatsoever

    December 14, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Kevin O.

    Christine, your backing is worthless. Go away, witch.

    December 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Marie MD

    LOL. Exactly what core convictions is the witch talking about? She might be right about the newterman man except that
    the $250M flip flopper is already down in the polls. Nobody needs her endorsement as an individual or the ex darling of the tea bagging crowd!!
    Consistent since he changed his mind until he changes it back again!!!

    December 14, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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