Christine O'Donnell talks faith and politics
September 29th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Christine O'Donnell talks faith and politics

In one of her last interviews before her national media blackout, Delaware Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell did an interview with CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network.

O'Donnell told CBN correspondent Jennifer Wishon that if elected she wants to make the Constitution the litmus test for legislation. O'Donnell also talked about some of the challenges her campaign faced in the 2008 election, when she ran against Joe Biden for his U.S. Senate seat.

God continued to strengthen and empower us when, you know, His strength is perfected in our weakness. And that's what's exciting because you see, if it weren't for faith, when all logic said it's time to quit, we pursued. We marched on because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now with such an important lame duck session you realize why we were to endure all that stuff.

Her interview appeared today on The Brody File.  You can see the video here.  O'Donnell's interview is about 18 minutes into the video.

Shameless Plug: You can also see Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi and David Brody break down faith and politics about 11 minutes, 30 seconds into the video.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Luke

    Can you please outline your plan other than pointing out my typos? My PC at work has a Bloomberg keyboard which I am prone to making errors on because I use a MAC at home, where I am much more comfortable. Clearly, you understood my questions despite the many errors I freely admit. Did you have a plan? You simply can't state, get rid of xyz. We need to hear your reform plan. I do, however, agree that education needs much more emphasis in America. We are falling behind tremendously on a global scale in all areas of science, mathematics and literature. So what is your plan? What are you candidates strategies? What is your platform and how will it be attained? I believe in a flat tax and a VAT so we hit consumption rather than income. How do you feel about that?

    October 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Go Tea Party

    @Luke Umm, Want to define "consequestions" ?

    I am conservative. You writing a book? Hope not!
    Strategy for reforms...get rid of the current President and his entire cabinet.
    I have a plan and lots of new ideas, do you?

    While were at it....what does this mean ?
    You remind me fans at baseball game that can't name who number 5 is of who the left fielder is?

    One new idea, lets get Americans educated on how to use correct language, better english skills. Noting your two errors above, are you not like one voice just screaming in the wind, full of hot air ?

    You remind me fans at baseball game that can't name who number 5 is of who the left fielder is. You represent what is wrong with America, and you know it.
    Wow! Biased people making judgements about someone that know nothing about (me), just because I make a statement that they apparently do not agree with?

    That says alot for you, Sir.
    I say, YOU are whats wrong with America. Its sad one cannot make a statement of backing something without being demeaned and having insults hurled at them, as you did here.

    Here is another idea I have. Lets educate people on how to respect the views and opinions of others. Name calling or pinning labels on someone without really knowing anything at all about a person is rather ignorant!
    While you tell me I am whats wrong with America, try looking in a mirror.
    Have a Delightful Day, Sir!

    October 2, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  3. Go Tea Party

    Go TEA PARTY!! Lets take back America! Get these liberal right wing No God, Politically correct, azzz wipes a dose of thier own medicine.
    Look at all the whiners, boooohooo, they can't take what they dish out.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:17 am |
    • Luke

      Please state your political platform, strategy for reform and consequestions of tough decisions you would make. Do you have a plan? Do you have any new ideas? Are you just cheering for a team like you would the Yankees? You remind me fans at baseball game that can't name who number 5 is of who the left fielder is. You represent what is wrong with America, and you know it.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  4. Muneef

    This will be the agenda of the whole world now because only those with faith fight fearlessly unfearing death but those with out are called mercenaries? See Turkey seeking for ending secular regime for a religious regime?
    Who started all that? Isn't it Israel fighting all as a Jewish state her acts pushed every body to use her same weapon disguising crimes under religious covers depriving people from their rights,destructed their houses,cut their trees,took their lives and lands. If I wasn't to some having powers they would have wiped out every Arabic Palestinians out of earth.
    You do know that Palestinians were Jew then became Christians then became Muslims and that's why we have Arab Jew and Christians and Muslims? These are the same people who Jesus came from and they are today being killed by Zionests disguised in Jewish dress to legitimize their goals that had brought hate to the innocent Jews who are not heard when pointing out that this is illegal Jewish state that never their books told off? Wonder how Jesus would forgive you for allowing his true brothers be killed and moved out with lesser rights than a Romanians being removed out of France?

    September 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  5. Mark

    Every time a republican says "god" in a sentence that means they are catering to the christian right. Makes me want to puke.

    GOP=gods own people=Republican=christian right

    Watch out for the christian right. They want to take over politics in America!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • peace2all


      You are absolutely correct....i.e...christian right taking over American politics..... That is and has been a stated agenda of theirs.


      September 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  6. Reality

    Can all of the stories (witchcraft, unpaid bills, "creationist" etc.) about C. O'Donnell possibly be true? Let us "google" for verification. Apparently, they are !! e.g.


    And the following statement should be enough to keep her out of the US Senate:

    ..........that during the 2006 primary she "heard the audible voice of God". But will it???

    September 30, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • NL

      Was the voice saying "Attention K-Mart shoppers"?

      September 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  7. Iqbal khan


    September 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  8. Iqbal khan


    September 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  9. Mark from Middle River

    NL – It is sorta true. Its when the fringe from any groups, including those of Faith, try to act more like the middle or mainstream then its when I feel begins issues. One of the things I have learned here at the Belief blogs is that there are rabid Atheist just as there are rabid people of faith. For both sides there is no greater goal than to see the other side wiped off the planet. I asked a athiest before if a child of a Christian was given a school assignment on someone he felt was his hero and the child were to bring in a report on Moses would they have a issue with it. I was shocked to here that this person did not have issue with it. Her response was as long as the teacher was not saying that the report must be on a religious figure then she saw no problem with that. Some other militant Atheist began to post against in almost a violent fashion against her that her Atheist views were flawed because she held that view. It is when I began to notice that the same crap we have to put up with as people of faith from the Bin Ladens and some would say those that hang out even further extreme than the 700 club, happens with most groups in society. I should have known this after years of hearing the common what is and what is not considered "black" arguments in the African American community.

    It is when the fringes come down from the mountains or the cities or wherever and try to get folks to pander more towards them that we have issues. Try this, take the environment, you have some that go around and recycle and give lessons to kids to recycle and help the planet. Then you have ones that feel that they must take a more radical measures and then you have homes burned to the ground and SUVs vandalized. Now both groups are environmentalist but there are always going to be the fringes that the only peace is when everyone thinks and acts just as they do. So when they try too muscle into the middle ground (within) to pull folks away then I find issue.

    September 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
    • NL

      Funny how prophets seem to come out of the wilderness or from the fringes of society to tell us how wrong we liberal urbanites have become. Maybe it's more related to pagan, Earth-mother beliefs than Abrahamic ones. Seems like God, and also tempting devils, are more easily heard from outside of the cities. Perhaps this helps explain why environmentalists often sound exactly like fundamentalists, eh?

      September 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  10. HotAirAce

    RE: RO'D's "hotness" – I use to think she had a degree of hotness – body only, not mind. But the close-up picture above doesn't do her any favours!! She looks like she could use a better make-up artist on her staff – she needs to look good 'cause as soon as she opens her mouth, she *should* be done – as in history, outta here!!!

    September 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  11. NL

    "His (God's) strength is perfected in our weakness." Is this what passes as profound to Christians?

    September 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Peter F

      How is that not profound? It's both paradoxical and true!

      October 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Mark from Middle River

    Awww... The Christian woman scares all the big bad atheist... ROFL.

    Its folks you guys that will rapidly boot many Dems out of office. Its always the fringe militants from within that do the most damage.

    Should be a interesting November whoever wins. 🙂

    September 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
    • NL

      "the fringe militants from within" LOL!!!

      September 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Luke

      You make me giggle. Here we have a topic that has nothing to do with atheism, god, etc; we're merely talking about a politician and why we disagree with her policies, past and potential damage to Congress. Why would you toss in the atheism thing? Like we can't have intelligent conversations about anything else? If anything, we're the farthest from savants and extremely well versed in many topics. I like to say that I am eclectic.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
    • Eric G.

      @Luke: I like to think of myself as esoteric.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Mark: It's not clear what you're saying. Who are these "fringe militants"?

      September 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • ScottK

      He tosses in the athiest thing because the christian conservatives believe there is some war going on for American values, as if anyone who isn't christian isn't really American. They think they are fighting liberals who they claim are imposing their leftist agenda on them, as if being exposed to "a gay" might infect their kids, or teaching anything but abstinance only will turn your kids into prost itutes, or teaching what science has been able to prove about evolution will detract from the faith based (aka unprovable) teachings about where we came from and where we might go if we are bad/good. If their kids didnt believe in hell anymore, what would parents have to scare their kids into doing what they want?

      October 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Didn't you know that ho-mose-x-uality is an airborne virus? Spend enough time around the gays and you'll be figure skating before you know it.
      It's like how smoking the pot will invariably lead you to rob a 7-11 in a fit of marijuana induced rage, or how reading Darwin will turn your gramma into a monkey. The only sensible defense is to mutter to yourself while clutching a gun in one hand and a bible in the other.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Doc Vestibule

      Now THAT was funny...! 🙂


      October 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  13. Bob

    Doesn't her picture look like she let out a mini-fart and she's hoping nobody noticed. She has that smirk/embarrassed look on her face.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  14. Luke

    There's something to be said about a lady that is relatively attractive, religious and still single at 40 year old. Dudes are scared to death of her. Yet we trust her to make important decisions?

    September 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      The crazy to hot scale is an exact science. she is too crazy for mild hotness to overcome.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • Bob

      Exactly. And with all that "God" talk you already know she won't put out by the third date. It's a lose lose situation, don't get any and be dumped, or get some after a year and a half of listening to her nonsense only to have to divorce her later.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @more truth,
      I agree with some of what you said, many drugs should be legalized and seatbelt laws are over-reaching by the state, but you are misstaken about the when life begins debate. There may be a debate about precisely when it begins, but once an organism (person) is able to survive on it's own, i.e. without constant support from a specific person, then it is alive. Once a baby is viable anyone can support it. This I think is the basis for the viability rules around existing abortion laws.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Oops... how the heck did that post here?

      September 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • peace2all


      Wow buddy... How the heck are ya'...? Welcome to the 'Twighlight Zone'... 🙂


      September 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • Luke

      Nonimus – Awesome, well played. I'll give you a pass.

      September 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Luke: Hey now! Dudes, might not be scared of her... maybe she's just picky! I mean it's hard to find a non-evolution believin', anti-mast_rbation, pagan sugar daddy.

      September 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • peace2all


      LOL.!!!! 🙂


      September 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
    • Luke

      Frogist – She lost me at Master-ba-tion. I'm married, and still can't live without it every now and then.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  15. peace2all

    I haven't read the whole thing..... but just by looking at the (God..continued to strengthen and empower....and... God...would not 'release' us..etc..)

    Isn't that something akin to .....God..... helped the Laker's beat the Celtics in the final's...?

    This woman is absolutely nuts....


    September 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  16. Mike

    Glad to see the rest of the country is finding out what we in Delaware have known for a long time. Christine O'Donnell is certifiably crazy.

    September 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
    • Nonimus

      And yet she is on the ballot in Delaware!?

      September 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
    • Bob

      They need a crazy on the ballot to liven up delaware. Have you been there? Snorefest. If it got any more alive, a funeral might break out!

      September 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
    • peace2all


      Are you the same 'Mike' who is constantly 'debating' David Johnson...?


      September 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  17. TLWiz

    Between Christine "Witchy" O'Donnell, Sarah Palin, and Rand Paul we have quite a demonstration of the level of intellect of the American Tea Party.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  18. Luke

    whoa whoa whoa – what exactly has been so lame-duck about the current admin and congress Ms. O'Donnell? Plenty of very important legislation has been passed, albeit, with some difficultly, but still passed. Methinks she doesn't even know what lame-duck means, yet the CBN didn't correct her, nor will any followers. Perhaps they don't even know what lame-duck is.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke That's how you be a successful politician. You throw out buzzwords like "lame duck" and "special interest" in reference to any sort of goverment action to drum up support. The stupid people will be impressed and vote for you. Remember, one half of the american people are below average intelligence. To those that are shocked, guess what group you're in. 🙂

      September 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  19. Luke

    I'm trying to figure out how a woman that ignores evidence and has clearly made a slew of bad decisions throughout her life is supposed to be taken seriously when presented with a chance to vote on something serious that crosses her desk in congress.

    September 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
    • Bob

      @Luke She didn't ignore it. To ignore it would be to acknowledge it exists. She was told that evidence didn't exist and she swallowed it. Mind you, if she swallowed, I don't think she'd be single right now. Yowza!

      September 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • NL

      Let's see, she chose to hang out with witches, and now she chooses to hang out with Tea Party followers. Looks like she's exhibiting attention seeking behavior. I see her being booked on Dr. Phil soon. Maybe she'll be a regular. Lock her, Palin, and a few other wingnuts in the Dr. Phil house.

      September 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Luke: I find it ironic that a woman whose income is almost non-existent for 5 yrs apparently, and who won't discuss where her money is coming from is being trusted by a slew of people who claim to care about fiscal responsibility.

      September 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  20. David Johnson

    This woman is an idiot.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
    • Bob

      @David Johnson Yes, she is. Reading is strictly optional for people like that. It's funny, I'm becoming more and more convinced the Bible is more like the EULA to Christians. They skip to the end and then click "I agree". It's even more true on the heels of the study that 43% of christians can't name the first book of the bible. ROFL.

      September 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • ScottK

      @Bob – So true, but they see it as more admirable to have such strong faith as to accept the bible's EULA without reading it. I guess if you are going to believe in an all knowing, all powerful sky daddy, reading an old compilation of 60 different books from 40 different authors put together by a group of supposedly reformed pagans 1600 years ago would just be putting your faith to the test, I mean a person with faith needs no proof.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
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