Christine O’Donnell, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, is catching grief for a decade-old video in which she admitted that she had “dabbled into witchcraft.”
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O’Donnell made the comments in 1999 on Bill Maher’s show Politically Incorrect, and the video hit the Internet Friday night after Maher aired it on his current HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher. In the clip, O’Donnell says, “I dabbled into witchcraft. I never joined a coven.” She goes on to say: “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar…we went to a movie and then had a little midnight picnic on a satanic altar.”
Last week, O’Donnell won the GOP nomination for the senate seat previously held by Vice President Joe Biden, defeating Republican Michael Castle.
She responded to the video on Sunday at a Republican picnic in Delaware: “How many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school?
“There’s been no witchcraft since,” she added, and then quipped: “If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now.”
Rove, who was an advisor to President George W. Bush, has made comments that O’Donnell’s primary victory over Republican Michael Castle eliminated the GOP’s chance to take Biden’s old seat.
O’Donnell appeared multiple times on Politically Incorrect, and Bill Maher claimed Friday he will release a new damaging video of her every week until she agrees to appear on Real Time.
Written with The Associated Press