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Interview with Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell

By Hannity, Hannity - September 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Special Guests | Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, R-Del.

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This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 21, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNTIY, HOST: And with just 42 days remaining until November's midterm elections all eyes are on Delaware's Christine O'Donnell. Now she has been the subject of all the Democratic attacks since she clinched the GOP primary last week. And given the tenor of this election I think that's actually a badge of honor.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

And joining me now is the woman the Democrats love to hate, GOP Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell -- well, one of, I mean, Michele Bachmann is up there, and Sarah Palin is up there.

Christine, welcome to the show. Good to see you.

SENATE CANDIDATE CHRISTINE O'DONNELL, R-DEL.: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thanks. All right. There's a lot of ground to cover.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: A lot has happened. Let's start with Mike Castle, your opponent. He had promised he would support the eventual nominee. Last time we spoke he had not called you. He since called you?

O'DONNELL: Right. We spoke on Friday. And he congratulated me. It was a very friendly conversation. And I'm hoping to get his endorsement. It would it mean a lot.

HANNITY: Well, he said he would. It seems to be -- if you look at Lisa Murkowski and a lot of other races, Charlie Crist, as an example, I'm almost calling it the sore loser syndrome. The -- what is your take?

O'DONNELL: Well, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's -- you know, it's only a week since Election Day. Let's give him some time and hopefully he'll come around because we need to unite the party especially here in Delaware. We need to unite the party in order to move forward. And I'm still holding out for hope.

HANNITY: All right. We'll get to more of the establishment-Tea Party stuff in just a second here.

Bill Maher, a friend of yours, obviously. You did his show a lot, apparently.

O'DONNELL: Yes, unfortunately.

HANNITY: All right. He comes up with this tape, it was in 1999 you made an appearance.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: Talking, I guess, about a boyfriend when you were a teenager?

O'DONNELL: Right. Right. Right.

HANNITY: OK. Saying that you had dabbled into witchcraft. Why don't you explain for people that may be -- what was that about?

O'DONNELL: Well, teenage rebellion. You know? Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. You know? But who didn't do some questionable things in high school and who doesn't regret the '80s to some extent? I certainly do. And I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher.

HANNITY: All right. But he's promising, I guess, to keep bringing out old tapes. And others -- other people promising to dredge up old comments that you made. What is your reaction?

O'DONNELL: Well, it's not a promise, it's a threat. And, you know, let them. Because, you know, my focus is on what's important to the people of Delaware. And if he wants to do this, you know, side nonsense, let him.

I'm going to focus on letting the people of Delaware know what I want to do to get jobs back in Delaware to reduce the size of government, to make our homeland strong once again.

We've got serious issues facing our country right now and this type of stuff is a diversion. And I want get back on message. There is a stark contrast between my opponent and me. He's called Harry Reid's pet.

(LAUGHTER)

You know?

HANNITY: I read this. I heard that.

O'DONNELL: That's Harry Reid's word. I'm not --

HANNITY: Yes.

O'DONNELL: You know, I'm not mudslinging here. And you kind of have to wonder what sort of strange conversations went on to lead to Harry Reid calling him his pet.

HANNITY: Well, it seems a lot of issues and one of the things I've noticed is that there is, in this campaign, I don't hear any Democrats running on health care.

O'DONNELL: That's right.

HANNITY: Running on the stimulus, their support for Obama, Reid and Pelosi. So what are we to make of the attacks against you?

O'DONNELL: Well, watch this. Watch how this campaign unfolds. They started their ads this week. And they're attacking me personally. They're not attacking where I stand on stimulus. They're not attacking where I stand on extending if not making permanent the Bush tax cuts.

They are not attacking me because I want to permanently eliminate the death tax or propose a two-year temporary tax holiday on the capital gains tax in order to get the economy back on track.

They're not attacking me on my positions. They're trying to attack me, which is why I'm getting out there and to the people of Delaware, why I cancelled the Sunday shows when churches invited me to attend their services, and people in Delaware invited me to go to their picnics because this race is about what's important to the people of Delaware.

And what's important to the people of Delaware are how we're going to get jobs back, how we're going to reduce the size of government. And they're worried about the tax hikes that are coming in January.

My opponent is wrong on all of these issues.

HANNITY: Let me give -- for example, you're talking about attacks. Let's show -- the Democratic Party has released this ad about you. Let's roll the tape.

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This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 21, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNTIY, HOST: And with just 42 days remaining until November's midterm elections all eyes are on Delaware's Christine O'Donnell. Now she has been the subject of all the Democratic attacks since she clinched the GOP primary last week. And given the tenor of this election I think that's actually a badge of honor.

And joining me now is the woman the Democrats love to hate, GOP Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell -- well, one of, I mean, Michele Bachmann is up there, and Sarah Palin is up there.

Christine, welcome to the show. Good to see you.

SENATE CANDIDATE CHRISTINE O'DONNELL, R-DEL.: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thanks. All right. There's a lot of ground to cover.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: A lot has happened. Let's start with Mike Castle, your opponent. He had promised he would support the eventual nominee. Last time we spoke he had not called you. He since called you?

O'DONNELL: Right. We spoke on Friday. And he congratulated me. It was a very friendly conversation. And I'm hoping to get his endorsement. It would it mean a lot.

HANNITY: Well, he said he would. It seems to be -- if you look at Lisa Murkowski and a lot of other races, Charlie Crist, as an example, I'm almost calling it the sore loser syndrome. The -- what is your take?

O'DONNELL: Well, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's -- you know, it's only a week since Election Day. Let's give him some time and hopefully he'll come around because we need to unite the party especially here in Delaware. We need to unite the party in order to move forward. And I'm still holding out for hope.

HANNITY: All right. We'll get to more of the establishment-Tea Party stuff in just a second here.

Bill Maher, a friend of yours, obviously. You did his show a lot, apparently.

O'DONNELL: Yes, unfortunately.

HANNITY: All right. He comes up with this tape, it was in 1999 you made an appearance.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: Talking, I guess, about a boyfriend when you were a teenager?

O'DONNELL: Right. Right. Right.

HANNITY: OK. Saying that you had dabbled into witchcraft. Why don't you explain for people that may be -- what was that about?

O'DONNELL: Well, teenage rebellion. You know? Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. You know? But who didn't do some questionable things in high school and who doesn't regret the '80s to some extent? I certainly do. And I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher.

HANNITY: All right. But he's promising, I guess, to keep bringing out old tapes. And others -- other people promising to dredge up old comments that you made. What is your reaction?

O'DONNELL: Well, it's not a promise, it's a threat. And, you know, let them. Because, you know, my focus is on what's important to the people of Delaware. And if he wants to do this, you know, side nonsense, let him.

I'm going to focus on letting the people of Delaware know what I want to do to get jobs back in Delaware to reduce the size of government, to make our homeland strong once again.

We've got serious issues facing our country right now and this type of stuff is a diversion. And I want get back on message. There is a stark contrast between my opponent and me. He's called Harry Reid's pet.

(LAUGHTER)

You know?

HANNITY: I read this. I heard that.

O'DONNELL: That's Harry Reid's word. I'm not --

HANNITY: Yes.

O'DONNELL: You know, I'm not mudslinging here. And you kind of have to wonder what sort of strange conversations went on to lead to Harry Reid calling him his pet.

HANNITY: Well, it seems a lot of issues and one of the things I've noticed is that there is, in this campaign, I don't hear any Democrats running on health care.

O'DONNELL: That's right.

HANNITY: Running on the stimulus, their support for Obama, Reid and Pelosi. So what are we to make of the attacks against you?

O'DONNELL: Well, watch this. Watch how this campaign unfolds. They started their ads this week. And they're attacking me personally. They're not attacking where I stand on stimulus. They're not attacking where I stand on extending if not making permanent the Bush tax cuts.

They are not attacking me because I want to permanently eliminate the death tax or propose a two-year temporary tax holiday on the capital gains tax in order to get the economy back on track.

They're not attacking me on my positions. They're trying to attack me, which is why I'm getting out there and to the people of Delaware, why I cancelled the Sunday shows when churches invited me to attend their services, and people in Delaware invited me to go to their picnics because this race is about what's important to the people of Delaware.

And what's important to the people of Delaware are how we're going to get jobs back, how we're going to reduce the size of government. And they're worried about the tax hikes that are coming in January.

My opponent is wrong on all of these issues.

HANNITY: Let me give -- for example, you're talking about attacks. Let's show -- the Democratic Party has released this ad about you. Let's roll the tape.

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And joining me now is the woman the Democrats love to hate, GOP Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell -- well, one of, I mean, Michele Bachmann is up there, and Sarah Palin is up there.

Christine, welcome to the show. Good to see you.

SENATE CANDIDATE CHRISTINE O'DONNELL, R-DEL.: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thanks. All right. There's a lot of ground to cover.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: A lot has happened. Let's start with Mike Castle, your opponent. He had promised he would support the eventual nominee. Last time we spoke he had not called you. He since called you?

O'DONNELL: Right. We spoke on Friday. And he congratulated me. It was a very friendly conversation. And I'm hoping to get his endorsement. It would it mean a lot.

HANNITY: Well, he said he would. It seems to be -- if you look at Lisa Murkowski and a lot of other races, Charlie Crist, as an example, I'm almost calling it the sore loser syndrome. The -- what is your take?

O'DONNELL: Well, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. He's -- you know, it's only a week since Election Day. Let's give him some time and hopefully he'll come around because we need to unite the party especially here in Delaware. We need to unite the party in order to move forward. And I'm still holding out for hope.

HANNITY: All right. We'll get to more of the establishment-Tea Party stuff in just a second here.

Bill Maher, a friend of yours, obviously. You did his show a lot, apparently.

O'DONNELL: Yes, unfortunately.

HANNITY: All right. He comes up with this tape, it was in 1999 you made an appearance.

O'DONNELL: Yes.

HANNITY: Talking, I guess, about a boyfriend when you were a teenager?

O'DONNELL: Right. Right. Right.

HANNITY: OK. Saying that you had dabbled into witchcraft. Why don't you explain for people that may be -- what was that about?

O'DONNELL: Well, teenage rebellion. You know? Some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that's how I rebelled. You know? But who didn't do some questionable things in high school and who doesn't regret the '80s to some extent? I certainly do. And I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher.

HANNITY: All right. But he's promising, I guess, to keep bringing out old tapes. And others -- other people promising to dredge up old comments that you made. What is your reaction?

O'DONNELL: Well, it's not a promise, it's a threat. And, you know, let them. Because, you know, my focus is on what's important to the people of Delaware. And if he wants to do this, you know, side nonsense, let him.

I'm going to focus on letting the people of Delaware know what I want to do to get jobs back in Delaware to reduce the size of government, to make our homeland strong once again.

We've got serious issues facing our country right now and this type of stuff is a diversion. And I want get back on message. There is a stark contrast between my opponent and me. He's called Harry Reid's pet.

(LAUGHTER)

You know?

HANNITY: I read this. I heard that.

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