October 2nd, 2010
01:57 PM ET

GOP candidate in 1990s: Meatballs drew me to Christianity

Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she tried "every other kind of religion," including witchcraft and Buddhism but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food.

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," O'Donnell said in an interview with Bill Maher in 1999. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Sam

    So is this actually news or CNN's pathetic attempt at influencing politics?

    October 3, 2010 at 9:47 am |
    • NL

      If you really think about it this isn't trivial at all. The woman clearly has demonstrated as tendency to make choices without giving much serious thought into them. Is this a good quality to have in a senator?

      October 3, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  2. Gumby

    "Meatballs" drew Christine O'Donnell to Christianity? There's a couple of chuckles in that movie, but it ain't THAT good.... lol

    October 3, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  3. BongoBern

    Italian food is good for the soul! In a metaphysical sense. Liberals have more fun!

    October 3, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  4. Gumby

    O'Donnell's a complete fruitcake.

    October 3, 2010 at 7:46 am |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God


      October 3, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  5. Yogart

    Christine O'Donnell should come with a warning label. "Caution: Idiot. Do not install in public office."

    October 3, 2010 at 6:51 am |
    • Gumby

      And Catholic priests should come with the warning label "Caution: keep away from children".

      October 3, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  6. midoriko

    I stopped being christian/catholic because i couldn't mast3rb8 without any guilt trips, primarily. Second, I just refused to believe a make believe person ruled over us from the "sky".

    October 3, 2010 at 3:58 am |
    • Frank

      "I stopped being christian/catholic because i couldn't mast3rb8 without any guilt trips, primarily."

      Okay, that had to have been a joke.

      October 3, 2010 at 4:00 am |
  7. Frank

    Is this a joke?

    October 3, 2010 at 3:44 am |
  8. NL

    Unless she went to a church that serves them instead of wafers for communion I don't see the direct link here. Doesn't she know that non-Italians and non-Catholics can also enjoy meatballs? I'm an atheist and they still let me into the Olive Garden.

    October 3, 2010 at 12:26 am |
  9. PalinFan

    Once she tried Pete Schwetty's meatballs, she was converted, eh?

    October 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  10. Reality

    Well at least Christy O' was not Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Christianity? Or was she? Hmmm? Well how about that she was raised Catholic and is still listed on answers.com as being a Catholic so loving meatballs is nothing new to her. By the way, she is part Italian so again being Bred, Born and Brainwashed rule when it comes to religion!!!

    October 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  11. Iqbal khan


    October 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
    • Yogart

      It didn't silence me. But it did make me laugh.

      October 3, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  12. Mario V

    I don't see the point of this article. What a waste.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  13. Powerball

    Do you think she can hear herself talk?

    October 2, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  14. Starrr

    Did she try Islam?
    Probably not.

    October 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  15. William I

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Who am I to judge? Isn't the result more important than the method?

    October 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • Peter F

      If her relationship with the Lord is truly authentic then we needn't make a fuss, but the fact that her own personal dietary preferences dictated where she put her faith should raise raise some red flags.

      October 3, 2010 at 1:29 am |
  16. Guest

    Sheeesh, she is messed up. That is obviously a calling to worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What was she thinking?

    October 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
    • One Whose Name Means Beloved of God

      That was my thought! She should revere his holy noodly-ness.

      October 3, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  17. Peter F

    Meatballs drew her to Christianity... not the claims of Jesus, the God of the Bible, Christians in her life. Ummmm... ok?

    October 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
    • NL

      I'm sure her story is different now. Certainly she must have been at a 'crossroads' in her life, or in the midst of being spiritually 'lost' when the Lord personally entered her life and entrusted her to become one of His Tea Party candidates so that she can do away with MediCare which, of course, is what Jesus was doing when he told the crippled man's to pick up his mat. Now it's more like "Get out of your Power Walker!"

      October 3, 2010 at 11:18 am |
    • Peter F

      Who knows whether CNNs rendition of her story is 100% trustworthy, but it did say that she tried other faiths and eventually settled on Christianity "because" she didn't want to be a vegetarian. If she actually did say that at some point, not thinking there was something wrong with her words, then I don't think there's any way I could ever vote for her (not that I would be eligible to anyway).

      October 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  18. peace2all

    I am curious...... is that 'really' the only thing that drew her to christianity, was because of the dietary context....?

    Doesn't seem to me in my opinion, to be a very deep or well-thought out reason to become christian. But, I am sure as some of the people of faith will say....."It doesn't matter... God work's in mysterious ways in calling to His flock.."

    So far I have been restraining myself as best as I can on this and giving her some benefit of the doubt, but it is becoming harder and harder for me to not generalize this person as being an unintelligent wacko-fundie.

    I guess I will hold out for more information before I make that assertion, as I am sure that it will offend the religious right.


    October 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • Ben

      I really doubt that's the only reason. I assume she was making a joke (or at least it's an exaggeration) which is being taken out of context. That being said, vote Democrat!

      October 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • Celeste

      If you've ever watched Real Time or Politically Incorrect they are political talk shows with a comedy twist. Politically Incorrect actually started out on Comedy Central before it was picked up by one of the main network stations.

      Although there is some real debate and discussion in the show, there is a lot of comedy thrown in. I'm guessing this quote and the witchcraft one are being taken way out of context and they are some attempts at making funny/sarcastic remarks during some sort of conversation. There is no way you can take a 10-20 second clip of something outrageous said on Bill Maher's show and be able draw any type of conclusion from it without seeing the entire segment.

      October 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Frogist

      Having seen the clips of her on Bill Maher's show, it does not seem like she is making a joke. She is dead serious. And I'm shocked that anyone who is still supporting her can dismiss them away.

      October 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  19. David Johnson

    I think O'Donnel represents the calibre of the Republican Tea party candidates. They are looney.

    Vote for the Dems in November. We need the sanity.

    October 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
    • Gumby

      Voting for the Dems is just voting for the least repulsive. That is what politics in America has come to – voting for the candidate least likely to make us upchuck.

      October 3, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  20. Rick

    One more reason I'm glad I'm a vegetarian

    October 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      With me, she can have meatballs, every night!

      October 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      Christine [O'Donnell]'s religious view has such immense simplicity!

      October 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
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