A day after a major loss in her bid to be the next senator from Delaware, Christine O’Donnell said Republican leadership was to blame for her defeat.
“This, honestly, what I think it was is it’s a symptom of Republican cannibalism,” O’Donnell told CNN’s Kiran Chetry Wednesday.
“Had the leadership reached out or accepted my reaching out to them, we would have united much quicker, but we spent the first several weeks reaching out to other Republican leaders, earning their support. By the time we did earn, not necessarily the party leadership’s support but some prominent figure support, we had about two weeks left,” she said.
“You know, Senator Cornyn says, you know, there was nothing we can do. We didn’t have enough money,” she continued.
“You know, but if he and Karl Rove had said, look, she is articulate on the issues as many people after watching our debates were able to say. If he had said, you know, hey, they’re just trying to create a distraction, there was verbal support that they could have offered as pundits, so to speak, that they chose not to for whatever reason.”
Chetry noted that Rove had said with O’Donnell as the nominee, that was one less seat the Republicans had a chance of taking.
“Basically, counting you out before this started,” said Chetry. “What do you say to that? Do you regret perhaps not talking to the national media a little bit more than you did and trying to get your own story out there?”
“No. And had had Karl Rove been more supportive, we wouldn’t have had a lot of that pressure,” O’Donnell replied. “Had Karl Rove immediately come out to support us, had the NRC even just helped verbally, we would have been able to close the gap because polling shows we have almost as many independents as we do Republicans.”
This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Nov. 3, 2010.