Rep. Pence: Christine O’Donnell Has ‘Obligation to Explain’ Witchcraft

By Kate McCarthy

Sep 20, 2010 9:09am

That's what he told me on "GMA."

"Certainly Christine O'Donnell has an obligation to explain those public statements," said the winner of this weekend's Values Voter summit presidential straw poll.

Democrats are pointing to O’Donnell’s admission that she “dabbled” in witchcraft and her 1995 statement that admitting women to service academies would “cripple” our national defenses – as signs that the Tea Party candidates are too eccentric or radical to govern.

Pence brushed that criticism aside and said voters will “see through this typical nitpicking” and out-of-context quotes. He said it is more about the message than the messenger.

“What is bringing everyday Americans into the street, out to Tea Party rallies and town hall meetings is the realization that our government has run off the rails and the American people recognize they’ve got to take back the reins of our government,” the Indiana congressman said.

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Pence beat out the likes of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin at the straw poll. The five-term Congressman said he was “honored” and “humbled” – and wouldn’t rule out a 2012 presidential bid.

“Our focus George, and I think the focus of every American who is tired of runaway federal spending, borrowing, bailouts and takeovers, needs to be on November the second.  We’ll let the future take care of itself,” he said.

He’s welcome back to "GMA" in November to make the announcement…

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