Christine O’Donnell: I Regret ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Ad

The GOP Delaware Senate candidate acknowledges that her recent ad only made the situation worse.


BY Aliyah Shahid

Christine O'Donnell regrets her words—at least the ones in her "I'm Not a Witch" ad.

The GOP Delaware Senate candidate acknowledged that the recent ad—made to appease the uproar over comments she made in the 1990s declaring she "dabbled in witchcraft"— only made the situation worse.

"I haven't publicly stated this, and I don't know if I'll get in trouble for saying it, but our intention was to kill it, and that's not what happened," the Tea Party darling said on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday.

She said she hopes voters will go to the polling booths with the idea that "this is a woman who wants to lower our taxes," and not "a woman who is not a witch."

The 41-year-old also vehemently defended her statements on the separation of church and state made during Tuesday's debate against Democrat Chris Coons. She challenged him to show where the Constitution requires the separation and said the words calling for it do not appear in the document.

O'Donnell said she asked Coons the question not because she didn't know what the First Amendment entailed, but to make a point.

"I asked him where in the Constitution is the phrase 'separation of church and state,'" O'Donnell said on the morning show. "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 still has a tough battle to fight. The latest polls show her trailing as much as 19 points behind Coons.

The Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate is also facing criticism for not being unable to name a single sitting Democratic senator she'd feel comfortable working with.

After the moderator posed the question during a debate on Wednesday, she paused and replied "Well, she's not a senator anymore, but I would definitely have to say Hillary Clinton." The segment of the debate, hosted by a local television station, was posted by Think Progress.

After naming moderate GOP Sens. Dick Luger and Lindsey Graham as Congressman he'd feel comfortable working with, Coons slammed his opponent.

"One of the real risks as we go forward is that if we elect someone who literally cannot name a single currently serving senator in my party with whom she would work…someone who has no experience crossing the bipartisan divide."

During his response, O'Donnell jumped in, and declared "Senator Lieberman!"

While Lieberman was a Democratic senator, he changed his party affiliation to run as an independent in 2006. As the Huffington Post points out, he did win his reelection on the "Connecticut For Lieberman" party, which caucuses with Democrats.

With less than two weeks away from the election and Halloween right around the corner, O'Donnell said one thing she knows for sure is that she won't be dressing up as a witch.

"I was thinking about just going as Dorothy," she said. "I killed the witch. There you go."