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Christine O'Donnell Denies Money Misuse; Expects More Accusations

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell defended herself Thursday against a report that the federal government was investigating her for misuse of campaign funds, saying the investigation was politically motivated.

"There's been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever," O'Donnell told ABC News Thursday.  "You have to look at this whole thug politic tactic for what it is....I'm confident that we will be cleared of any charges."

"You don't need a tipster to show that this was politically motivated.  We were informed that the Delaware political establishment was going to use every resource available to them, including launching phony investigations...tying me up with lawsuits to make sure I can't move forward politically," she said.  "I even expect more things to come, that's their tactic."

O'Donnell, 41, said the Associated Press story was the first that she, her lawyers or the campaign had heard of the investigation.

"We have heard of no investigation; the AP has been tipped off before my lawyer or our campaign or anyone has been notified," she said.

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Christine O'Donnell: I Would Vote for Hillary Clinton

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell wants Hillary Clinton to challenge President Obama -- and she's willing to help.

“I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary,” she told ABC News.

O’Donnell praised Clinton via Twitter Monday for her handling of the WikiLeaks release.

“You Go Girl!!” she wrote. “She’s no Reagan yet her verbal lashing against wikileak is tough- watch out Obama!”

So is O’Donnell pushing a Clinton candidacy because she thinks Clinton would be easier to beat in the general election?

“No. It’s because right now I think that anybody is better than Obama,” O’Donnell said.

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Christine O'Donnell Hints at Book Deal, Reality TV, and Dirty Laundry

Photo Courtesy - Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware was back in the TV talk show hot seat Wednesday night. But it didn't appear to be the start of her farewell tour.

O’Donnell, whose penchant for TV talk show appearances during the 1990s became a popular fixation during the 2010 campaign, told the Tonight Show’s Jay Leno that a book deal and reality TV show could be in her future.

"The offers have been interesting," she said. "I am not necessarily interested in a reality show, unless it’s something like a 30-minute ad we did for our campaign that highlighted these issues…I would like to do something like a watchdog-type show," said O'Donnell, who also did not rule out another run for public office.

Reflecting on her loss to Democrat Chris Coons -– her third failed bid for the office –- O’Donnell said intra-party politics hurt her campaign.  Many party leaders refused to support O’Donnell’s candidacy, which was backed by Tea Party groups and Sarah Palin.  GOP Rep. Mike Castle, whom she defeated in the primary, also refused to endorse her in the general election.

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ABC News: Christine O'Donnell Projected to Lose Delaware Senate Race

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Democrat Christopher Coons is projected to beat Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell in the race to keep Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat in Democratic hands.

The Delaware race was rarely in doubt as Coons, the New Castle County executive, enjoyed double digit leads in polls in recent weeks, but the national spotlight remained on the state. It was one of the first defeats of the Tea Party in the 2010 Midterm Elections.

O'Donnell first burst into the political limelight as a Tea Party candidate who defeated a moderate and popular Republican, Rep. Michael Castle, in the September primary. She quickly raised $1 million from jubilant Tea Party supporters and won the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

The spotlight, however, turned harsh as O'Donnell struggled to defuse a series of revelations about her past that included dabbling in witchcraft, unpaid student debts, and income taxes, IRS liens, and improperly used campaign funds.

Coons' victory could be vital to the Democrats in the Senate. Should Democrats lose nine other seats in the election, leaving the Senate at 50-50, Coons could emerge as a party savior of sorts, because Democrats would retain the majority by virtue of the vice president holding a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

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Christine O'Donnell TV Ad Struggles to Air

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UPDATE: (WILMINGTON, Del.) -- The Christine O'Donnell ad finally aired at 3 pm Monday on Delaware channel 28, O'Donnell spokesman Doug Satchleben said in a statement.  The delay was apparently due to miscommunication between the campaign and station managers.

"Delaware 28 Executive Producer Tim Qualls explained to the campaign that he was out of the area for the weekend because of a family illness, and was apparently unaware of the campaign’s transaction last Friday between a local third-party buyer and Channel 28 employees," he wrote.

"Mr. Qualls is being incredibly cooperative now that he fully understands the situation, and we cannot thank him enough for helping us get Christine’s message out to the voters of Delaware. We are sincerely sorry for any misunderstanding that has transpired and that may have added stress to his family situation."

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(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell appears to be having some technical difficulties getting a 24-minute documentary-style television ad on the air before Tuesday’s vote.

O’Donnell announced the premiere of her elaborately-produced video on Twitter Sunday night, telling followers to tune in to a local channel for a “look at the unconventional campaign touching Delawareans like no other.”

But when the 11:30 p.m. time slot arrived, there was no O’Donnell.

The campaign sent out a press release Monday morning heralding a second attempt to air the video. But for a second time in as many days, O’Donnell’s ad never made it on the air as planned.

O'Donnell campaign spokesman Doug Sachtleben suggested politics could be at play.

“It’s still unclear as to why the local cable channel failed to air the half-hour long special," he wrote. "Our hope is that this is not another case of the liberal media or political dirty tricks trying to silence Christine’s message to the voters of Delaware."

The piece, entitled “We the People of the First State,” opens to beauty shots of the Delaware landscape and cuts to vacant strip malls and interviews with struggling small business owners.  O’Donnell narrates, telling voters she can best empathize with their plight and showcasing similar themes to the “I'm you” advertisement she ran earlier in the campaign.

O'Donnell is trailing Democrat Chris Coons by 10 points in the most recent poll conducted by Monmouth University.

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Nonpartisan Groups Cry Foul Over Gawker's Christine O'Donnell Story

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Allegations of sexism aimed at women candidates this year are approaching an all time high – or low – depending on how you view it. The latest victim is Tea Party-backed Senate hopeful Christine O'Donnell. On Thursday, the gossip website Gawker published an anonymous post by a man who claims he had a one-night stand with a drunken O'Donnell on Halloween three years ago.

"Christine O'Donnell has plenty of problematic platforms, and Gawker could have used its brand of humor to dismantle her campaign," said Yana Walton, of the Women's Media Center. "Instead they chose this story to create a misogynistic media landscape."

Despite the title of Gawker's post ("I Had a One-Night Stand with Christine O'Donnell"), the night culminated not in sex, but with both parties falling asleep.

Attacks against female candidates have prompted the Women's Media Center, along with the Women's Campaign Forum and Political Parity, to begin tracking sexist attacks in the media against female candidates in the 2010 midterm election campaign. The groups launched their effort in September, researching and fielding calls from tipsters around the country.

"All of us have been extraordinarily surprised at the amount of incidents we've responded to on a daily basis," said Walton.

Walton sited examples including what she said were reporters endorsing candidates for their "tight little butts", morning radio shock jocks talking about candidates' cup sizes, and late night host David Letterman jokingly linking Nancy Pelosi to a real-life violent, sexual event.

"Nancy Pelosi found in a hotel room drunk and naked with Charlie Sheen," said Letterman, flagging the fictional moment as the number two sign that Democrats are in trouble.

Siobahn "Sam" Bennett, president of the non-partisan Women's Campaign Forum, said the insults are getting worse, and attributes the escalation to the uncensored nature of the Internet.

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Christine O'Donnell's Camp Joins Condemnation of Gawker Story

Photo Courtesy - Christine2010 [dot] com(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Christine O'Donnell is adding onto the National Organization for Women's condemnation of a story that tabloid website Gawker published about a man's sexual encounter with the Republican Senate candidate three years ago.

O'Donnell's campaign released a statement Thursday, saying, "This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with.  From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine's political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks -- all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race.  Even the National Organization for Women gets it, but Christine’s opponent disturbingly does not."

NOW had previously condemned Gawker on Thursday, saying that “sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate’s political ideology.”

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Christine O’Donnell Claims Divine Mandate for Candidacy

Photo Courtesy - Christine2010 [dot] com(DOVER, Del.) -- Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell says “God is the reason” that she’s running for U.S. Senate and that prayer has played “a direct role in this campaign.”

“I know that God has called me to this,” she told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody in an interview to be aired Tuesday on The 700 Club program.

“If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this election cycle I would not be running,” she told CBN. “When you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself, so prayer is what’s gotten us all through.”

O’Donnell, who has been trailing Democrat Chris Coons, also directly credits prayer with helping her narrow the gap in some recent polls.

O’Donnell’s outspokenness on matters of faith and her punditry on several television talk shows during the 1990s, which she has since described as a “ministry opportunity,” have garnered national attention during the campaign. 

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Exclusive: O'Donnell Stands Ground on First Amendment Statement

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell strongly defended her statements on the separation of church and state but expressed regret for her "I'm Not a Witch" ad.

During Tuesday night's debate with Democratic opponent Chris Coons, O'Donnell challenged Coons to show where the Constitution requires separation of church and state, drawing swift criticism from her opponent, laughter from the audience and yet another media firestorm.

"It's really funny the way that the media reports things," she told ABC News.  "After that debate my team and I we were literally high fiving each other thinking that we had exposed he doesn't know the First Amendment, and then when we read the reports that said the opposite we were all like 'what?'"

O'Donnell explained her line of questioning to Coons was not because she didn't know the First Amendment, but to the make the point the phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear anywhere in the Constitution.

"I asked him where in the Constitution is the phrase 'separation of church and state,'" O'Donnell recounted.  "He said the First Amendment.  I followed up with, 'Can you name the five freedoms that are guaranteed to us that are protected by the First Amendment?'  And he could not."

O'Donnell maintains she got the better of Coons.

The debate controversy is just the latest in a long string of incidents that have launched O'Donnell into the realm of a national celebrity.

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Christine O'Donnell: 'Separation of Church and State' in Constitution?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell considers herself a constitutional originalist, believing that only rights and government powers enumerated in the document's text should exist.

In a debate at Widener University Law School Tuesday, O'Donnell and Democratic nominee Chris Coons clashed over whether teaching creationism in public schools would violate the First Amendment protection against government establishment of religion.

"The First Amendment...establishes the separation -- the fact that the federal government shall not establish any religion, and decisional law by the Supreme Court over many, many decades clarifies and enshrines that there is a separation of church and state," said Coons, a graduate of Yale Law School.

"So you're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?" interrupted O'Donnell.

"It is important for us in modern times to apply the Constitution as it exists today and as it has been interpreted by our justices," continued Coons. "And if there are settled pieces of constitutional law, like the separation of church and state, like the individual right to reproductive freedom that Roe v. Wade represents, that we've lived with and under for decades, in my view it is important to know that on my side you have a candidate who believes and supports those things and on the other side a candidate who's both unfamiliar with and..."

"So you're telling me the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?" repeated O'Donnell.

"Government shall make no establishment of religion," Coons replied.

"That's in the First Amendment?" asked O'Donnell.

The First Amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." But it does not specifically state that there should be a "separation of church and state" as has been popularly construed.

After the exchange, the crowd of legal scholars and law school students began rumbling among themselves as the moderator cut in for a commercial break.

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