November 2, 2010 |
After a campaign that became a political spectacle, Chris Coons has defeated "tea party" favorite Christine O'Donnell, retaining for Democrats the Delaware Senate seat once held for more than 36 years by Vice President Joe Biden. Christine O'Donnell's 15 minutes of political fame actually lasted roughly 50 days. It was seven weeks ago that she shocked the political world by defeating nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle, also the state's former governor, in the Republican primary. That race was influenced, like several others this year, by outside groups such as the Tea Party Express and a late endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
November 2, 2010 |
Christine O’Donnell, the Senate candidate who questioned whether separation of church and state was explicitly in the Constitution, said on Tuesday that she prays that her supporters will turn out and snatch victory from what polls say is a likely defeat. “I’m feeling very excited,” O’Donnell said after voting and dropping off a box of doughnuts, one of America’s favorite comfort foods. “It’s neck and neck and I’m praying that everybody turns out.” O’Donnell, who upset the GOP establishment to win the Senate nomination, and her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, voted Tuesday morning in Wilmington, Del. They are fighting for the seat held for more than 30 years by Vice President Joe Biden.
September 16, 2010 |
Christine O'Donnell's upset win in the Delaware Republican Senate primary has brought with it a major infusion of cash and now a featured role at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington. FRC Action, which sponsors the annual gathering of social conservatives, announced the addition of O'Donnell to their schedule Thursday. It marks O'Donnell's first major public event since her stunning victory over Rep. Mike Castle in Tuesday's election. Even as some Republicans have expressed doubts about her electability, O'Donnell has been embraced by many conservative activists in the days since her victory.
October 14, 2010 |
"Tea party"-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell went on the offensive Wednesday in Delaware's first Senate debate, accusing rival Chris Coons of being a "rubber stamp" for Democrats, as he tried to stick to points of policy. The campaign so far has largely focused on O'Donnell, who became an instant national figure after her surprise primary triumph over a moderate and disclosures about her conservative religious views that some have painted as extreme. Her debut campaign ad sought to address her past statements that she had dabbled in the black arts in high school.
September 15, 2010 |
Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday's primary in his home state reflected a new reality in the Republican Party: that "no moderates need apply. " "It's real tough for the Republican Party. It's kind of hung on a shingle," he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in an interview to air Wednesday night. Biden said that in Chris Coons, Democrats have "a really first-rate candidate" to run in Delaware against Christine O'Donnell, whom Biden defeated in 2008 to earn his seventh term in the Senate while also winning the vice presidency.
September 9, 2010 |
Christine O'Donnell's once-quixotic campaign against Rep. Michael N. Castle in Delaware's U.S. Senate race got another late boost with the endorsement Thursday of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Palin announced her support for O'Donnell during an appearance on Sean Hannity's syndicated radio program, five days before Delaware's Republican primary. "She will support efforts for America's energy security, patient-centered healthcare reform, cutting government waste and letting the private sector thrive and prosper!"
October 24, 2010 |
Locked in a close race for the seat representing Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, Republican Pat Toomey on Sunday insisted that he is no Christine O’Donnell. O’Donnell, the GOP senatorial candidate in neighboring Delaware, is a “tea party” movement favorite, whose conservative positions allowed her to defeat an establishment Republican for the senatorial nomination. Her campaign in the general election has been become bogged down in a variety of issues, including her campaign ad explaining that she is not really a witch.
September 12, 2010 |
At a Tea Party Express rally last week, Christine O'Donnell bounded onto the stage and lit up the crowd with the same fiery style that has turned Tuesday's Senate primary into another battle for the future of the Republican Party. O'Donnell, a longtime activist who has made a career of crusading for abstinence-based sex education and other conservative issues, is now within striking distance of beating one of Delaware's best-known public figures: Rep. Michael N. Castle, the tiny state's sole representative in the House for nearly 20 years and before that its governor for two terms.
September 19, 2010 |
Facing her opponent at a traditional campaign kickoff forum, Christine O'Donnell fielded the opening question, on Middle East peace, without her usual off-the-cuff patriotic zeal. Instead, she responded with a more studied technique: She glanced down at the stack of papers before her, and noticeably read from her notes. In the days after her renegade campaign for U.S. Senate scored a stunning Republican primary upset in Delaware, O'Donnell was finding out just what it meant to be, as she calls herself, "a citizen legislator.
July 28, 2011 |
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them "tea party hobbits" and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama. At times reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial during his floor speech, the Arizona Republican also ridiculed Democrats, saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan is "full of smoke and mirrors. " But he directed the most biting sarcasm at his own party.