Christine O`Donnell on Families & Children

Republican Challenger


Led campaign against out-of-wedlock sex

Her past was picked apart, and she was a constant font of controversial, silly statements--some recorded long in the past and others delivered off-the-cuff during the campaign (such as that the US Constitution does not enshrine the separation of church and state). From the day after the primary, O'Donnell trailed Democrat Coons in polls of prospective Delaware voters. Despite a relatively high turnout on November 2, O'Donnell lost to Coons, gaining only 40% of the vote to 57% for him.
Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p.165 , Jan 2, 2012

Every American family is its own little melting pot

The O`Donnell family quilt is a colorful patchwork of classes and cultures, and political affiliations, but the common thread that knit us all together is a tireless work ethic, a fierce determination to stand for something (and for each other), and an enormous sense of pride, place, and love.

We have our disagreements, just like any other American family, but we work past them and set them aside because we love each other. We come together from all these different, sometimes opposing views and opinions, and we find our way to common ground, to a place of shared purpose and meaning.

I think every American family is its own little melting pot. In ours, there was a whole lot of Italian and Irish, with a healthy dose of American blue blood thrown into the mix. My mom, Carole Chillano, is Italian; her parents were first- generation Italian-Americans. My dad, Dan O`Donnell, is Irish-American, with family roots in this country that quite possibly reach all the way back to our Founding Fathers

Source: Troublemaker, by Christine O`Donnell, first chapter , Aug 16, 2011

1990s: espoused anti-masturbation; porn is akin to adultery

An audience question asked whether she supported "the regulation of private sexual behavior." It was an apparent reference to statements she made in the mid-1990s opposing masturbation and pornography. O'Donnell espoused the anti-masturbation view on an MTV show promoting abstinence and in 1998 she wrote in a journal that viewing pornography was akin to adultery.

"That's personal!" an O'Donnell supporter shouted from the audience when the question was read. "It is personal," O'Donnell agreed, but she went on to answer it while not referencing any specific past positions.

"Those questions come from statements I made over 15 years ago," said O'Donnell, who is Catholic and known as a staunch social conservative. She called the years-old statements a result of her newfound faith & beliefs, which she has said previously she discovered sometime in college.

O'Donnell said while "my faith has matured," if she gets to Washington, she would be guided by "the Constitution" rather than her personal beliefs

Source: The Hill coverage of 2010 Delaware Senate debate , Sep 16, 2010

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