With Tea Party Victories, Will GOP Get The Message?
Christine O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary, giving the Tea Party movement a huge victory and giving Democrats an unexpected chance to hold the First State seat. In New York, conservative Carl Paladino defeated Rick Lazio in the Republican gubernatorial primary to set up a November battle with Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Paladino received Tea Party support in defeating Lazio, who also was supported by several conservative groups. “I want to send this message out to all these establishment types. In the end, if we unite, behind conservative values and principals, it’s not only good for the country but it will be good for them politically,” said Sean at the start of today’s show. Sean urged the GOP to back O’Donnell and to stop the self-destructive bickering. “If they don’t, all of this in the end will weaken the Republican Party as a viable alternative to big government,” Sean concluded.
Tea Party Winner Christine O’Donnell
The Tea Party movement delivered shocks in last night’s election primaries and one of those surprises was delivered by conservative Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. O’Donnell joined Sean to discuss her victory and some of the vicious attacks against her. “Sean I couldn’t have done this without your support,” said O’Donnell. “What’s been most frustrating is that they’re generating stories that are based on half-truths and lies and twisting what should be a good thing.” In the end O’Donnell explained, the attacks against her may have been what helped push her to victory. “I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve come up to me and told me that it was my opponents' attacks of me that made them decide to vote for me in this election.”
John Cornyn: “We Are United”
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn joined the program and refuted early rumors that the GOP would not support Christine O’Donnell. Cornyn explained he had spoken with O’Donnell this morning and that they would support her and sent a check for $42,000 to her campaign (the maximum they’re allowed to give). “We’re going to do everything we can do to get her elected in November. We need to unite behind our party’s nominee and help her win in November. The alternative is Chris Coons who is a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda. We are united now. We are going to come into this general election, which is the one that matters the most, stronger, more disciplined and with better organized candidates who can win as a result of this process we’ve been through. The Tea Party movement has been a very constructive part of the primary process,” Cornyn told Sean.
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Christine O'Donnell (born August 27, 1969) is an American marketing consultant and political commentator. She is the Republican Party nominee in Delaware's 2010 United States Senate special election. She previously ran in the primary in the US Senate election in Delaware in 2006 and was the party's nominee for the 2008 US Senate election, losing to Joe Biden.