The AP is reporting Ms. O’Donnell spoke about the video today at a rally in Delaware:
“How many of you didn’t hang out with questionable folks in high school?” she asked fellow Republicans at a GOP picnic in southern Delaware on Sunday.
“There’s been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now,” O’Donnell jokingly assured the crowd.
Following the release of a 1996 MTV video of a younger Christine O’Donnell who spoke out against masturbation, Delaware’s Senate Republican candidate is dealing with another video from her past. In this case, Ms. O’Donnell appeared on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” in 1999, where she mentioned she “dabbled in witchcraft.”
Ms. O’Donnell, now 41, is telling Mr. Maher about how she went to a movie and then a midnight picnic on a satanic altar. It appears, Ms. O’Donnell clarified that she did not know exactly what was going on, but she did say she did not join a witch’s coven.
“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,” she said, laughingly.
“I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do,” Ms. O’Donnell explained.
While, many believe this latest video could sink her support among Christian conservatives, Gary Bauer, president of American Values and former GOP presidential candidate, told me what he thought about the “Politically Incorrect” video:
“If we took out of the U.S. Senate those Senators who have done some silly things when they were younger, let alone silly things now, half the Senate would be empty. I don’t think Americans this year are going to fall for that. I think there’s a deep concern about what’s going wrong with our country and what’s going wrong with the federal government.”
Ms. O’Donnell was scheduled to appear on Sunday shows today, but cancelled last minute. Her spokespeople told both CBS and Fox News the cancellation was due to a scheduling conflict and the candidate wanting to get back to Delaware.