Christine O’Donnell, the tea-party backed GOP nominee for Joe Biden’s Senate seat, this morning attacked “Republican cannibalism” and said she doesn’t need the GOP establishment to win her Delaware race in November.”They never thought that I could win this race, and I believe that we can win without them,” O’Donnell told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.”
“This is about giving the political power back to we, the people, and we proved the so-called experts wrong. So I think a few of them, perhaps, may have their pride hurt this morning. But, you know, I didn’t count on the establishment to win the primary. I’m not counting on the voters of Delaware.”
O’Donnell said she won partly because of Sarah Palin’s endorsement.
“When the mudslinging started, … [and] Governor Palin stood up and so boldly made a statement that she supported me, it allowed [voters] to get past the politics of personal destruction,” O’Donnell. “She helped to bring it back on track.”
O’Donnell decried “Republican cannibalism” after Stephanopoulos played a clip of Karl Rove criticizing her on Fox News’ “Hannity” after her victory Tuesday night.
Rove said: “It does conservatives little good to support candidates who, … while they may be conservative in their public statements, do not evince the characteristics of rectitude and sincerity and character that the voters are looking for. … There’s just a lot of nutty things she’s been saying. …
“I’m for the Republican. But I gotta tell ya: We were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate [of the 10 needed for the majority]. We’re now looking at seven to eight, in my opinion. This is not a race we’re gonna be able to win.”