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Senate candidate admits ‘Witch ad’ was a mistake

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Republican Senate candidate from Delaware Christine O’Donnell won’t be dressing up as a witch for Halloween.

The Tea Party favorite is now saying that she regrets a campaign ad that refocused the country’s attention on the fact that she once practiced witchcraft.

In September, HBO’s Bill Maher released a 1999 clip of O’Donnell saying she had “dabbled” in witchcraft.

“I dabbled into witchcraft. I never joined a coven,” she said on ABC’s Politically Incorrect. “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that.”

Debate about O’Donnell’s past was reignited several weeks later when she released an ad declaring, “I am not a witch.”

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O’Donnell told ABC’s Jonathan Karl Thursday that the ad was a mistake.

“Any regrets in doing the ad?” asked Karl. “Because that really did raise it again.”

“Yeah,” answered O’Donnell. “You know I haven’t publicly stated this and I don’t know if I’ll get in trouble for saying that but our intention was to kill it and that’s not what happened.”

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O’Donnell joked that she would be dressing up as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” for Halloween.

This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Oct. 21, 2010.


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