Sarah Palin Says She’ll Campaign For Christine O’Donnell: ‘I’m Excited About It’

Oct 7, 2010 12:24am

ABC’s Michael Falcone reports:

Sarah Palin, who gave Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell a boost in the GOP primary with a last-minute endorsement, indicated on Wednesday that she is planning to campaign for O’Donnell before Election Day.

Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that she would “absolutely” go to Delaware on O’Donnell’s behalf.

“You’re going to go campaign for her, I recently heard,” Hannity said in the interview.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Palin replied. “I’m honored to, I’m excited about it.”

Palin offered no specifics about the timing of the potential visit or what form it would take. But a poll out on Wednesday indicated that O’Donnell could use the help. A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey showed O’Donnell trailing her Democratic opponent Chris Coons by 17 points — 53 percent to 36 percent.

At an event in Iowa in September, Palin offered hints that she was considering a visit to Delaware, telling reporters after a state party fundraiser that she would like to “get to Delaware very soon to knock on doors.”

The former Alaska governor has been a ubiquitous presence during the 2010 election cycle, giving her seal of approval to dozens of candidates. Though Palin has been a frequent commentator for Fox News and a regular on the speaker’s circuit, she has made fewer in-person visits for candidates.

Some Republicans appear wary of appearing with her. Two of California’s marquee Republican candidates — Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and gubernatorial contender Meg Whitman — will not be sharing a stage with Palin when she rallies voters in Anaheim, Calif. later this month.

But when it comes to O’Donnell, Palin’s public comments suggest a certain kinship with the Tea Party-backed Delaware upstart. “Welcome to my world,” Palin said after “Saturday Night Live” broadcast an unflattering spoof of O’Donnell last month. “It isn't a bad world, Christine, because you're going to be effective with your message,” Palin said on Fox News at the time.

On Wednesday, Palin offered praise for O’Donnell’s new “I’m not a witch” ad.

"Hey, I think that's good — that's very positive,” Palin told Hannity. “What I think she could add to that even is to explain what the real witchcraft and voodoo politics and economics, and that's what's going on in DC.”

 

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