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Christine O'Donnell Background and Quotes
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
UPDATE: CHRISTINE O'DONNELL HAS BEEN DEFEATED!
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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