Christine O’Donnell on Rove’s ‘Un-factual’ Remarks and ‘Republican Cannibalism’

By Kate McCarthy

Sep 15, 2010 7:50am

The Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate seat fired back at Karl Rove today for what she called "un-factual" accusations about her record.

“Everything that he is saying is un-factual. And it’s a shame because he is the same so-called political guru that predicted I wasn’t going to win. And we won and we won big,” Christine O’Donnell told me this morning. “So I think, again, he is eating some humble pie and he is just trying to restore his reputation.”

Following O’Donnell’s victory over Republican congressman Michael Castle – her third bid for the Senate seat– Rove questioned O’Donnell’s record and the reports of her financial troubles.

“Why did she mislead voters about her college education? How come it took nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree? How did she make a living? Why did she sue a well-known…conservative think tank,” Rove said on Fox News. 

Rove also took on her “checkered” background, “a lot of nutty things she has been saying” and predicted she would cost the GOP a Senate seat.

Castle was expected to win the nomination and challenge Democrat Chris Coons for Vice President Biden’s old Senate seat.  But an endorsement and last minute push by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made the difference, O’Donnell told me.

“When Governor Palin stood up and so boldly made a statement that she supported me it allowed them to get past the politics of personal destruction, to look at the message…she helped to bring it back on track,” O’Donnell said.

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So could the third time be a charm for the Tea Party backed candidate? Or could she hurt the GOP’s chances to win back the Senate in November?

Despite her decisive win – the Republican Party has said that it will not spend any money to help her Senate bid, Jon Karl reported this morning. 

O’Donnell called that “a shame.”

“I was ahead in the general election according to Rasmussen, before this Republican cannibalism started,” she said on “GMA.” “So if they were serious about winning we can repair the damage done and move forward and that's the challenge I put out to them. And if not I truly believe that we can win.”

Update: The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support the O’Donnell campaign, according to a statement that was just released by its chairman, Sen. John Cornyn.

“I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today,” Cornyn said in the statement.

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