Christine O’Donnell says she lost her 2010 race to become a Delaware senator for several reasons, including former presidential senior adviser Karl Rove’s intimation that she was not qualified. O’Donnell told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Thursday another reason was her infamous “I am not a witch” ad.
“Well, the interesting thing is before the primary [Rove] came to Delaware and met with all the tea party leaders in Delaware saying whoever wins we have got to unite — and, yet, when it came time to listen to his own advice he just wouldn’t,” O’Donnell said. “I recently extended the olive branch to Karl Rove because in order to make Barack Obama a one-term president we have got to unite.
“But he’s continuing to bash the tea party — and I just don’t get it,” said O’Donnell, whose recently published book, “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again” discusses her senatorial campaign.“All I can think is that maybe he does really think that compromising is the only way Republicans can win.”
O’Reilly noted that Rove, who is a Fox News contributor, believes that some politicians are competitive “against a machine like Barack Obama’s and some people just don’t have the experience.”
“It’s about experience and that Rove and other establishment Republicans want really experienced people,” O’Reilly said. “I don’t think it’s personal and I don’t think it’s anti-tea party.”
O’Donnell said part of the reason she wrote her book is to prove she did have the credentials to serve Delaware as senator.
“Well, that’s why I wrote the book so that people can understand that I was qualified and they could know who I am — but Karl Rove continued to put out misinformation about me and about my background even though we gave him the information,” she said. “The other thing about it is I was ahead in the polls before the Republican infighting — I was leading against the Democratic opponent before my own party turned on me.
“But I’m still very proud because we put the political process back into the hands of the people — we were engaging people who have never been involved before,” O’Donnell continued. “There is a mind set with so many that I’m not smart enough or I’m not rich enough, as if the political process only belongs to the ruling elite — and I think that’s what this whole tea party movement is beautifully about.”
O’Donnell also said in retrospect the “I am not a witch” ad was a mistake.
“I think the biggest mistake was that stupid ad,” she said. “I listened to the experts — I didn’t have confidence in my own gut instincts and went with that stupid ad — which everything in me screamed that it was wrong.”
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