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Christine O'Donnell Background and Quotes

Updated on October 17, 2013

Who is Christine O'Donnell

Christine O'Donnell is a perennial United States Senate candidate from the state of Delaware. She lost to Joe Biden in 2008, but currently is vying for his vacated seat in the 2010 elections. She is a favorite of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express and a thorn in the side of moderate Republicans and even Neo-cons like Karl Rove.

Christine O'Donnell's background and education

Christine O'Donnell was one of six children born to an Italian-American family. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, but failed to complete the required coursework and had unpaid tuition bills when she left the college in 1993. She would finally complete her degree, a bachelor of arts in English & Communications, in September 2010, just weeks before receiving the Republican nomination for Senate. She had claimed to be a university graduate in the 17 years in between.

UPDATE 10/1/10: It has now surfaced that O'Donnell not only claimed to be a college graduate for the past 2 decades, but she has also claimed she went to Oxford University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the world. She has made this claim not only on her LinkedIn profile but also on job applications, according to former employers.

O'Donnell's adult life has been marred by debt and tax issues. She still reportedly owes over $10,000 in back taxes. She is staying true to the Tea Party motto of lower taxes by not paying her own. She is in tune with our current financial times because she has defaulted on her mortgage. Although she once worked as a marketing consultant, she currently claims to be working "odd jobs" to make ends meet. She claimed an income of $5,800 last year, which is exactly what my teenage sister made working a part-time summer job as a lifeguard.

Christine O'Donnell policies

Christine O'Donnell supports the following policy positions:

  • Anti-abortion in all circumstances, including instances of rape.
  • Pro-gun rights. She is supported by the NRA.
  • Anti-masturbation. I'm not sure how this falls under policy, but she seems to bring it up a lot on the campaign. It's unclear at this time if she intends to pass legislation to enforce her belief that this is a sin. 

What else does Christine O'Donnell believe in?

Christine O'Donnell believes that her political opponents follow her home at night and hide in her bushes. She has staff members search her shrubbery and nearby cars for people each morning before leaving the house. To date, they have turned up zero people, but that number could be on the rise.  

She also believes that taking prayer and the Bible out of schools has caused school shootings to increase to a point where they are happening just about every week. She has not identified where the weekly school shootings are taking place, but evidence indicates it could be somewhere between El Dorado and the lost city of Atlantis. 

Christine O'Donnell quotes

"We took the bible and prayer out of public schools, and now we're having weekly shootings practically"

"They have a losing track record. If they're too lazy to put in the effort that we need to win, then so be it." - O'Donnell (who has lost on the Delaware GOP ticket multiple times in the past) on Delaware Republican's reluctance to support her candidacy

“I don’t ever think I ever said I won two out of three counties." - Christine O'Donnell

"I was the 2008 endorsed candidate against Joe Biden and I won in two counties.” - Chrstine O'Donnell, in a conversation taped earlier than the previous quote. 

  • O'Donnell: You know that probably was, you’re on the campaign trail a lot, I meant tied.
  • Interviewer: You didn't tie him either. Look at the results: He beat you. He won in votes. You know that.  

Other controversial Christine O'Donnell personal views

Christine O'Donnell does not support embryonic stem cell research. She also does not support research into cloning monkeys. 

She supports the teaching of creationism in public schools. She has been critical of the theory of evolution, which she reminds everyone is "just a theory".  

Despite evidence to the contrary, O'Donnell believes that homosexuals have an identity disorder created by societal factors. For this reason, O'Donnell has not been a strong supporter of gay rights.  

UPDATE: Christine O'Donnell Under Investigation

The non-partisan group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked Delaware authorities to investigate Christine O'Donnell's finances after it was revealed that she had been spending campaign funds for personal use, in violation of federal law. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is the same group that uncovered improprieties with Democratic representative Charles Rangel's dealings with donors.

CREW has found that O'Donnell used campaign funds to pay for rent, gas, food, and even a bowling outing.

Christine O'Donnell talks about AIDS


Delaware voters made a clear decision on Tuesday night that they do not want Christine O'Donnell representing them in the Senate. She lost to Coons by 18%, a considerable margin considering the celebrity status she attained during the campaign and with the big endorsement she got from Sarah Palin.

O'Donnell was excited despite her loss, and with good reason. She's struggled with money in recent years and this campaign has made her into a celebrity. She'll now be able to make more with one speaking engagement than she used to make in 5 years (according to the tax returns she's filed). Also, expect her to sign a book deal and maybe even get her own reality show. She may have become a household name by acting like a buffoon, but after all she's gained from this campaign you can be sure she'll be back running for office again.  


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    C.J. Wright 6 years ago

    She is simply an opportunist that is attempting to ride the coat tails of a popular movement. I'm glad the people saw past her BS.

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    Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

    O'Donnell is but one of several unqualified, incompetent, Tea Tard looneys who are destroying the GOP. Others include Michelle Bachman, Sharron Angle and Carl Paladino.

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    And yet you want to add one more. How is she better than mainstream Republicans? I saw a poll about an hour ago that shows her trailing by about 14 percentage points. A poll of the hypothetical race between Castle and Coons shows Castle favored by 17 points. That's a swing from a strong favorite for the GOP to an underdog. O'Donnell has no support from moderates.

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    nikita77489 7 years ago

    Geez, like we don't have enough in Obama's camp

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    Ummm, what are you talking about, Nikita? Christine O'Donnell worked in marketing and public relations. How exactly was she representing a client "pro bono" in a "life or death" situation? You make it sound as if she was a lawyer. The mortgage company obtained a $90,000 against O'Donnell and she sold the title to her then boyfriend/lawyer, which saved it from being sold at a sheriff's auction. The IRS lien was a completely separate matter. She owed over $10,000 in back taxes, so the IRS filed a lien. But that was a long time ago and she's figured things out since then. Oh wait, that was earlier this year. She's been using funds from her 2008 campaign to pay her rent, and now she's claiming that part of her townhouse was dedicated to her 2010 campaign. Nice try, except she's been using those funds long before she even started the 2010 campaign. We don't need another financially irresponsible tax cheat in Washington.

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    nikita77489 7 years ago

    It is amazing how anyone who opposes Obamas liberal antics is under invetigation yet the thugs that work as hius Tsars and don't pay taxes are somehow exempt. Christine O'Donnell had a pro bono client and a literal life or death situation with aforementioned client and she chose to continue representing him although working for free on his behalf placed her in dire financial straits. When she fel behind in her mortgage she sold her house and paid her debts and continued with her client. How many liberals would do that?

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    JayDeck 7 years ago from New Jersey

    All indications are that she is just not a terribly bright girl. I have no doubt she spent campaign money incorrectly, as i don't think she has any idea what the rules are or that they even apply to sweet little christian non-masturbating girls like herself.

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    Abecedarian 7 years ago from These United States, Texas

    Love it, the comedic tone makes it as enjoyable as reading about this nutjob. Just found an article in the 2006 Cape Gazette that thought she was such a nut they used her quote for the quote of the week. She was asked about how her write-in campagin would affect the Republican on the ticket, she said it wouldn't affect the Republican Candidate because he was a liberal, her voters are Christian Conservatives. So, this I don't believe in lying candidate, just used the biggest lie of them all. She ran under the GOP ticket, when she doesn't consider herself a Republican, she considers herself a "Christian Conservative."

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    Texasbeta 7 years ago

    Conservatism IS the problem with America.

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    Which Conservatism are you talking about? Are we talking about the non-regulatory conservatives that allowed our banking system to nearly take down our whole economic structure? Because that's what conservatives like Sarah Palin seem to be promoting. Look at when the banking system has huge scandals that impact the economy: the Savings and Loan scandals during the Reagan administration (cause: lack of regulation), the investment banking scandal during the Bush administration (cause: lack of regulation). Every time we put someone wearing the GOP label in charge they strip away regulations and then we suffer the consequences 5 to 6 years later. Franken and Reid are voting for long-term solutions, but people like you keep on voting in representatives who mess up the whole plan by only looking at the short term. You complain about our level of debt yet you seem to support lower taxes. How does that work? Lowering taxes is something politicians do to pander to uneducated voters.

    I agree that lowering government spending is a big part of the solution. How do we do that? Well, by cutting defense spending. That's by far the biggest piece of the government spending pie. Cut defense spending, pull most troops out of hostile territory, and put the marginal tax on the top tax bracket back to where it was 40 years ago and our fiscal problems go away. Instead, you keep on fighting a tax increase on millionaires and billionaires. Why? Why do tea party candidates want to fight the estate tax on the richest Americans, which was at 45% during most of the Bush years, but thanks to the GOP blocking any progressive efforts in Congress the estate tax for the super-rich currently stands at 0% this year? That's a big deal! When someone like George Steinbrenner died in July, he saved his family over $1 billion in taxes because of the particular year when his body finally gave up the ghost. That's $1 billion that will now have to come from somewhere else, likely the middle class. Did the Steinbrenner family deserve all that money, after George received so much help from public officials like Rudy Guiliani, who used taxpayer money to help build a new stadium for the Yankees? I think we were owed some of that back.

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    rightsquared 7 years ago

    How can you say Franken and Reid are the right people to fix our financial problems when every vote they cast puts us deeper in debt and closer to the precipice? Harry Reid does understand the work it takes to become a career politician; bribery, lack of ethics, and a total disregard for the people he is supposed to be representing. Conservatism will fix what's wrong with America and whether you like it or not, Nov. 2 will be a techtonic shift in that direction.

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    I will accept your challenge as well. Let's start with Al Franken. You probably think he's just some foul-mouthed comic actor. Well, he is that, but he also graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Harvard University (ever heard of it?) in 1973. Far from a career politician, Franken has been on the attack against many of the industries that seem to hold politicians in their pockets, including tobacco companies and the entire investment banking industry.

    Harry Reid rose through the ranks after graduating from college. He completed his J.D. from George Washington Law School while supporting himself by working for the U.S. Capitol Police. He then became city attorney for Henderson and from there was elected to the Nevada Assembly. From there he became Lieutenant Governor and then U.S. representative before being elected to the Senate. He is a career politician, but he understands the work it takes to get there.

    While Christine O'Donnell is living off of money donated to her campaign (according to own staff members from the 2008 campaign) and defaulting on her mortgage, guys like Franken and Reid are demonstrating why they are the right people to fix the financial problems created by the Bush administration. Why exactly do you trust someone who has never demonstrated personal financial responsibility to be making decisions that affect all of our wallets?

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    rightsquared 7 years ago

    I accept your challenge. Christine O'Donnell is neither a crook or a career politician. With both houses of Congress infested with both, not to mention the tax cheats and Marxists filling key positions in the Obama administration, O'Donnell may be over-qualified. When you've hit rock bottom like American politics has, Christine O'Donnell and her fellow conservatives are more needed than ever. In your rebuttal please explain how Al Franken and Harry Reid are qualified to be U.S. Senators.

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    I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

    Looks like too much venom for some, as nobody (other than you) even cares to throw their hat into the debate. I guess it's a lot easier to vote down than to form an intelligent response. I dare anyone out there reading this to come up with some evidence that Christine O'Donnell is qualified to be a United States Senator.

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    Jaggedfrost 7 years ago

    very venomous and poignant. The quotes at the end were a nice touch. The data on her life experience was very to the point and gave the article the necessary meat so as to not appear as ad-hominid. Very nice article. A couple of specific foot notes referencing sources would make this dossier iron clad.