Christine O’Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Snap vs. Double-Snap on Twitter, Airwaves

By MichaelJames

Aug 18, 2011 4:24pm

ABC News' Michael S. James reports:

After former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walked off her remote link-up with "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday, declaring Morgan "rude"  when  he demanded her positions on masturbation, gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, the pair wasn't done exchanging fire: She and Morgan continued to toss quips at one another via Twitter and TV.

"I only appeared to go on the Piers Morgan Show because he promised not to hack my cell phone," O'Donnell tweeted Wednesday, referring to a phone hacking scandal at News of the World, a newspaper that Morgan once edited.

Then, replying to Morgan's on-air request to return to his show and explain her behavior, O'Donnell tweeted, "Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger."

Besides tweets promoting the interview, Morgan also had some zingers in his bag.

"Do you think Christine O'Donnell is going to put a witch's curse on me now?" he asked in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Morgan also retweeted various messages commenting on the interview, including one from Wanda Sykes noting the timing of O'Donnell's walk-off, coming as it did after she answered questions about witchcraft, her Senate campaign gaffes and sex-related topics.

"Watching @piersmorgan interview Christine O'Donnell," went the Sykes tweet. "She leaves after a ? on gay marriage. Waiting to see her grab her broom and fly off."

Both parties also took to the airwaves to argue their cases after the show was taped.

Morgan discussed the "rather bizarre encounter" with Anderson Cooper on CNN before the interview aired Wednesday evening.

"I don't think anybody who watches the interview would deduce I was being rude – I mean, a little bit cheeky maybe, but not rude," Morgan said. "I found it odd that she would use that particular moment to leave, because I think on reflection, when she looks back on this, it looks like she has something to hide – in other words, that her view would be so extreme or contentious that it would cause her political damage."

However, O'Donnell told the Washington, D.C., Fox station this morning that "it wasn't the questions about gay marriage" that prompted her walk-off, but the sum of the sex-infused interview questions – which she described as "borderline creepy" – and because, she said, the interview went long and she was late for another engagement.

"I’m not a 20-year-old on MTV right now, so let’s get back to the political issues that I lay out in the book – and he wouldn’t let up," she said. “I was not there to talk about sex – and he would not stop trying to talk about sex."

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