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Christine O’Donnell to Stage Tea Party vs. Occupy Debate in Tampa

Win McNamee/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Christine O’Donnell is looking to make some trouble in Tampa, Fla.

The former Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware will host a five-day event dubbed Troublemaker Fest at an IMAX theater two blocks from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the Republican National Convention will be held.

Her event, slated for Aug. 26-30, will overlap with the Aug. 27-30 GOP convention.

While details have yet to be released and are still being hashed out, O’Donnell plans to host a debate between panelists from the Tea Party and Occupy movements, representing the opposite ends of America’s current political spectrum.

O’Donnell made waves in the Republican Party and earned national headlines in 2010 for her victory in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary, when she defeated GOP Rep. Mike Castle, a nine-term House member who had been favored to win. O’Donnell lost to Democrat Chris Coons, who now serves as Delaware’s junior senator.

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Christine O’Donnell Endorses Mitt Romney for President

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

O’Donnell made her endorsement during an appearance Tuesday evening on Fox News.

“It was not an easy decision because I too think any of our candidates would make a great president and a great candidate going against Barack Obama,” O’Donnell said. “But I think there are certain tiebreakers and I know that in making my decision I might be hurting some people but I think infrastructure and executive experience are important, and for that reason I’m endorsing Mitt Romney.”

“I’m very happy,” she added. “This is not anti-[Newt] Gingrich or anyone else, it’s a pro-Gov. Romney endorsement.

“I’m not arrogant to think that my endorsement will make or break his candidacy,” she said, adding she hopes people just “take a second look” at Romney.

O’Donnell made clear that the Romney campaign did not “come to her,” and that she went to the campaign. She said she would be willing to go out and campaign for Romney.

In a written statement, Romney welcomed the endorsement.

“Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years,” Romney said. “Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team.”

In an exclusive interview with ABC News in October, O’Donnell said she was “70 percent” behind Romney, and confirmed that she had given money to his campaign. But at the time O’Donnell said she had also contributed to Herman Cain’s campaign, and had plans to give to Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

O’Donnell, who struggled with her own fair share of bad press during her Senate campaign, told ABC News that she tends to “empathize” when she sees “Romney’s record being so obviously distorted and twisted.”

O’Donnell won the Delaware GOP primary in 2010 by more than 53 percent of the vote against U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, but later lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the general election.

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Tea Party Activist Christine O’Donnell Donates to Romney

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a Tea Party favorite during the 2010 election, said in an interview with ABC News that she has not only given money to presidential candidate Mitt Romney but also says she doesn’t think he is getting a “getting a fair shake” from those within her own movement.

Romney has so far been highly criticized by the Tea Party movement, which sent protestors to picket during his debut September Tea Party Express event.

Jerry DeLumus, the chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, told ABC News at the Concord, N.H., event that he believed Romney was using the flashy Tea Party Express bus as a “photo op” and not because he is actually aligned with tea party principles.

But O’Donnell, who struggled with her own fair share of bad press during her Senate campaign, told ABC News that she tends to “empathize” when she sees “Romney’s record being so obviously distorted and twisted.”

“I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say this,” said O’Donnell. “I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive.”

O’Donnell confirmed what Romney’s campaign finance receipts for the third quarter show: a $250 donation. She tells ABC News that the money came from her own pocket – not her Political Action Committee or her campaign.

While she has not yet maxed out to the Romney campaign, O’Donnell suggests that she will.

“Right now, I’m 70 percent behind Romney,” she said. “I will absolutely max out if he’s the nominee.”

She gave no money to Texas Gov. Rick Perry because she says she doesn’t like his in-state tuition policy or how he reacted to the controversy over the rock that was painted with a derogatory term at his family’s Texas ranch.

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Christine O’Donnell Disinvited Again from Tea Party Rally

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(INDIANOLA, Iowa) -- The back and forth between Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party group putting on Saturday’s rally in Indianola, Iowa, has resulted in O’Donnell  being disinvited...again.

Originally, O’Donnell was invited to speak Monday by Tea Party of America. On Tuesday the invitation was rescinded. By Tuesday evening, though, it was back on. O’Donnell tweeted that she “humbly re-accepted the re-invitation” to speak, according to her Twitter account. Now it is back off.

Tea Party of America Founder Ken Crow said he called Christine O’Donnell’s chief of staff, Mark Moran, earlier Wednesday to break the news that the Delaware Tea Party darling was not going to be speaking.

Crow said that Moran “understood that these things happen.”

“There’s not a lot that you can do about it. He wasn’t pleased about it, but it wasn’t the end of the world,” Crow told ABC News.

Crow has not heard back from the Palin team yet, but he hoped to have confirmation Wednesday afternoon that Palin will be in attendance Saturday.

“I hope the event can go on as it was originally scheduled. It will be a great event, a beautiful event, lots of people are coming, and I don’t want to see those people disappointed,” Crow said.

When asked if Palin’s people asked that O’Donnell be disinvited again before Palin reconfirmed her attendance, Crow answered, “That is private (information) between O’Donnell’s staff and the Tea Party of America.”

Earlier Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported that Palin’s event was on hold, but Crow told ABC News Wednesday morning that “we made mistakes and now we are fixing them.” It seems that the back and forth with O’Donnell is one of the things the Tea Party of America had to fix before the event could go on as scheduled.

Crow admitted earlier Wednesday that the back and forth with O’Donnell was “a mistake.”

“I didn’t handle it the way I should have,” he said. “We handled it incorrectly.”

Crow was confident that Palin would attend on Saturday, stressing that she “is a lady of her word and impeccably honest.”

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Christine O'Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Twitter War over Walk-Off

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell walked off her remote link-up with CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday, declaring host Piers 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 re-tweeted 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 Thursday 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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Christine O'Donnell Walks Out on Piers Morgan Interview

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Whatever you do, stay on message when interviewing Christine O'Donnell.

The former Tea Party-backed Senate candidate from Delaware walked off a remote hookup with the CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, declaring the host to be "rude" as he repeatedly asked for her positions on gay marriage and the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

O'Donnell said she only wanted to talk about her new book on Tea Party ideals, titled Trouble Maker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again -- though earlier, before a commercial break, Morgan played clips on her well-known gaffes about once practicing witchcraft and then, in a campaign ad, denying she was a witch.

Pressed by Morgan on why she began to become "so weird" when the gay-related issues came up, O'Donnell said she chose not to answer because she was "not running for office."

"I'm promoting the policies that I laid out in the book that are mostly fiscal, that are mostly constitutional," she said. "That's why I agreed to come on your show. That's what I want to talk about. I'm not being weird. You're being a little rude."

"I'm baffled as to why you think I'm being rude," Morgan said. "I think I'm being rather charming and respectful. I'm just asking you questions based on your own public statements and, now, what you've written in your own book. It's hardly rude to ask you that, surely."

Bad host, O'Donnell countered.

"Well, don't you think as a host if I say, 'This is what I want to talk about,' that's what we should address?" she asked.

"Uh, not really, no," Morgan said. "You're a politician."

O'Donnell soon signaled to someone off camera, where a female voice could be heard saying, "It's time to go," and O'Donnell announced she was "being pulled away."

Soon, a shadowy body stepped between O'Donnell and the remote studio's camera, obstructing the view of O'Donnell.

"Are we off?" she soon asked, her earpiece apparently removed. "Are we done?"

"I'm still here," Morgan said, as a male voice at O'Donnell's location relayed Morgan's message.

"Well ..." O'Donnell answered, trailing off into a chuckle, as her remote shot concluded.

"It would appear that the interview has just been ended because I had the audacity to ask questions about the issues that are in this book," Morgan declared.

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Christine O'Donnell: Romney 'Very Good at Keeping His Focus' on Obama's 'Failed Policies'

ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has some advice for candidates running in 2012: Keep your focus on the policy, not the personal.  

Asked to respond to Gov. Rick Perry’s comments Monday that suggested that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke might be close to committing a “treasonous” act, O’Donnell told ABC’s Top Line that “you have to stick to the policies, and what we see happening in Washington, what the Obama administration is doing, is outrageous enough that there are enough broken policies coming from Washington that we need to make that our target.”  She went on to say that she thinks that “Mitt Romney is very good at keeping his focus on what's coming from the Obama administration, the failed policies coming from the Obama administration.”

O’Donnell plans to remain active in politics in 2012 with Christine PAC. The PAC, she said, will serve to fund “filing counter-complaints” on behalf of candidates she feels have been maligned. “We want to help clean up the political process,” O’Donnell told Top Line, “so that when candidates run, it's about your policies, it's about your platform.

“You know in my race, both Republicans and Democrats filed false claims against me and they do this as a political weapon so that during the election, the headlines read, you know, 'Candidate O'Donnell Accused of This Illegal Activity,' and while I've been cleared of all charges, and these complaints have been proven to be the malicious political motivated complaints that they are, the damage was done in the political process,” said O’Donnell.

O’Donnell is currently on a publicity tour promoting her new book, Troublemaker.

“I wrote my book,” said O’Donnell, “because we need to continue to press against the lashing back, the push back that we're gonna get from the Washington establishment, because they don't want to change politics as usual.”

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Christine O'Donnell on Bachmann 'Newsweek' Cover: 'Absolutely' Sexist

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The picture of Michele Bachmann on the cover of Newsweek was “absolutely” sexist, the former GOP nominee for the 2010 Delaware Senate seat told ABC's chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos.

Christine O’Donnell said she speaks from experience when she says women candidates  -- mainly Republican women -- are unfairly treated.

“Female candidates get treated differently than male candidates and especially conservative female candidates.  And so that’s the double whammy,” she said on Good Morning America.  “And there’s all kinds of theories as to why, but I think it’s very clear if you look at the treatment of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, my race.”

“The only other person I think who experienced some of it was Hillary Clinton…But certainly I would say not to the level that the conservative women have,” O’Donnell said on GMA.

The Tea Party favorite is out with a new book Tuesday called Troublemaker -- where she recounts her childhood and path to an unexpected victory in the Republican Senate primary.

A victory that might not have been had a gig with The View come through.  O’Donnell writes that she interviewed with ABC’s Barbara Walters and told Stephanopoulos that she “came within days” of being a co-host.

“When that opportunity presented itself I prayed about it, is this the right thing to do, and then they called and said ‘We’re going in another direction,” she said. They chose Lisa Ling.

O’Donnell lost in November to Democrat Chris Coons but is still one of the most talked about people in the 2010 races.  Part of that attention came from the unforgettable “I’m not a witch” ad -- an ad that O’Donnell said on Tuesday she “hated,” as she first admitted to Jon Karl last October.

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FEC Drops Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell

Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Christine O'Donnell didn't need to use any witchcraft to get the Federal Election Commission to make a complaint filed against her disappear.

An attorney for O'Donnell, the 2010 Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware, said that she received word that the FEC "dismissed a complaint that was filed by the Delaware Republican Party."

It was alleged that O'Donnell, who lost her Senate bid to Democrat Chris Coons, was in cahoots with the Tea Party Express during the campaign, a possible violation of the election law.

O'Donnell tweeted Thursday that the allegation "was a frivolous, politically motivated move in the first place!"

The former candidate and one-time dabbler in witchcraft while in high school still faces another complaint filed with FEC that alleges she used campaign funds for personal expenses.  That accusation came from O'Donnell's former staff members.

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O'Donnell Establishes 'ChristinePAC,' Plans to 'Bring the Battle' to Opponents

Photo Courtesy - Christine2010 dot com(WASHINGTON) -- It looks like former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is positioning herself to play a Palin-esque role in the upcoming election cycle.  In a letter to supporters Tuesday, O’Donnell announced she is establishing ChristinePAC to “investigate and counter attack leftwing groups” and to help pay for her expenses as she travels around the country speaking.

“This is a way that will help me counter attack our opponents and bring the battle to them,” she wrote.

O’Donnell, whose name has become synonymous with the Tea Party Movement, says she won’t submit to the left who attack her because she is a “strong, Republican woman...a danger” to the “liberal-controlled GOP establishment.”

For her full statement, see below:

Dear xxx,

Your incredible contribution of time and money allowed us to send the establishment a powerful message last year.  Our fight is not over as so many patriots like you have sacrificed over the years to keep America great!

You've probably heard about the latest smear on me.  The establishment is going to keep attacking and keep trying to destroy those they think might be a threat.

They won't let up.

The Left keeps after me because they consider strong, Republican women a danger to their status quo.  Larry Kudlow recently said "the hope of the Tea Party rests with you because this is going to be used to discredit the Tea Party in its entirety."

Bill O'Reilly recognizes the viciousness of the Left’s attacks on me.  Recently on his program he said "...the press relished attacking you.  They relished it.  They loved it... they didn't go after Carly Fiorina the way they went after you.  It was all personal... They just want to demean you... The old boys don't want to give up their power."

I'm determined not to let them destroy our movement.  If I stand alone, though, I'm no match for the liberal media and the political establishment.  But, with us standing together to fight, they don't have a chance!

That's why I'm starting ChristinePAC.

ChristinePAC can investigate and counter attack leftwing groups, many funded with one million dollars or more from billionaire leftist George Soros.
A strong ChristinePAC will enable me to counter the liberal-controlled GOP establishment in upcoming Congressional Primaries.  Remember, for primary challengers to win, conservatives needs to start organizing now in 2011 - or else candidates who reflect our values won't be able to run an effective 2012 campaign.
Your donation also enables me to speak out in many venues from Coast to Coast, thereby helping support a nationwide effort.  This is a way that will help me counter attack our opponents and bring the battle to them.
You have helped me come this far. You have been a true friend.  Please help me again with your donation.  These are battles that will be won or lost based on how much support and organization our side can put forward right now.
That is why I ask you most urgently to lend your financial support to ChristinePAC.
Make your donation right now.
You are the reason I made a stand for our cause in 2010.
You are the reason that President Obama came to Delaware in late 2010, diverting his attention from other states he could have campaigned in.  You are the reason that a frantic White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden, again and again, to campaign in Delaware to defeat me, who they regarded as their number one opponent.
You are the reason that the largest army - busload after busload - of SEIU labor union and ACORN "paid volunteers" came to campaign in Delaware.
My friend, what you helped me do at the six week long Battle of Delaware 2010, sent shock waves throughout the nation.  We can build on what we have accomplished if you will help me again in supporting ChristinePAC.
Christine O'Donnell
P.S. You stood with me and helped me rock the establishment as we defeated in the GOP primary the most liberal Republican in the entire U.S. House of Representatives.  Then, you stayed with me as we worked overtime to expose my big-government Democrat opponent as a pawn of the liberal establishment and a puppet of Democrat Senator Harry Reid.

Now, keep up your commitment. I pray you will send your immediate and generous donation as you have done before.  Your dollar will help us fight back and continue to get the message out.  [Click HERE to contribute securely].

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