“I was the 2008 endorsed Candidate against Joe Biden and I won 2 counties.”
Since the local and national press got a hold of the Independence Hall Tea Party video, it has been taken down. We may no longer have the video, but we still have stories written about the video. And to save these stories for all posterity, I will post them here:
[H]ere are O’Donnell’s exact words on this You Tube Video. This can be found between 1:35 and 1:45 into this video.
“I was the 2008 endorsed Republican Candidate in 2008 and I won 2 counties.” (Delaware only has 3. Christine also holds up 2 fingers to emphasize the point.)
Now for the uninformed Christine O’Donnell won Zero, Zip, Nada Delaware Counties in 2008. Here are the numbers:
NCC Kent Sussex
Biden 177,070 37,094 43,495
O’Donnell 69,491 27,981 43,123
As pointed out this morning on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, Christine O’Donnell, who is challenging Rep. Mike Castle for the Delaware GOP Senate nomination, recently landed in hot water for saying she had won two (of three) counties in 2008 against Joe Biden.
She did not.
She then backtracked on a radio program and said she meant she tied. She did not do that either. She lost Kent County 57%-43% and came extraordinarily close in Sussex County, the Southernmost county, losing by just 272 votes.
First up — a tape of O’Donnell telling an audience that she “won two counties” in her 2008 sacrificial lamb bid against Joe Biden. Now, if you know Delaware, even if O’Donnell had won Kent and Sussex counties, that would have been unimpressive. New Castle County has 2/3 of the state’s voters, and Democrats regularly win statewide elections by racking up votes there while losing “lower, slower Delaware.” But in fact, O’Donnell lost Kent handily and lost Sussex by only 272 votes. She explains this away as a gaffe.
“I don’t ever think I ever said I won two out of three counties,” O’Donnell said, before Gaffney played audiotape from an event in Pennsylvania where she made the claim.
“I was the 2008 endorsed candidate against Joe Biden and I won in two counties,” she says in the tape.
O’Donnell’s explanation: “You know that probably was, you’re on the campaign trail a lot, I meant tied.”
Replied Gaffney: “You didn’t tie him either.”
O’Donnell, the 2008 GOP Senate nominee, continued to claim she tied Biden in Sussex County.
“Look at the results: He beat you. He won in votes. You know that,” Gaffney said.
In reality, O’Donnell lost all three counties to Biden in 2008, but was closest in Sussex County, where she fell 272 votes short.
But O’Donnell stood by her claim: “49 percent to 49 percent, Dan. It’s right there in black and white. I would call that a tie.”
Still, she lost Kent County by about 10,000 votes and got drubbed in the statewide total, falling to Biden by more than 107,000 votes.
In the radio interview Thursday, O’Donnell refused to back down from claims that she won two of Delaware’s three counties in her 2008 Senate bid against Biden, despite numbers that show she didn’t.
“I was the 2008 endorsed candidate against Joe Biden and I won in two counties,” O’Donnell had told a group in Pennsylvania.
WGMD’s Dan Gaffney, a conservative radio host who backed O’Donnell’s Senate bid, asked her to explain the claim.
“Look at the results,” O’Donnell said. “What do they say? 49 (percent), 49. I call that a tie.”
She lost that county by 272 votes.
Commenting on Kent County, home to state capital Dover, O’Donnell said: “I said I nearly tied.”
The host played the audio again that shows she didn’t couch it that way. Flustered by the questioning, O’Donnell asked Gaffney whether he was being paid off by Castle, who has refused to debate her.
She then blamed her schedule for the missteps. “You’re on the campaign trail, starting at 5 a.m., you go to 12 … you go until midnight,” she said. “Sometimes you slip up on those things.”
O’Donnell also claimed to have won two counties against Joe Biden in 2008, even though Delaware only has three counties and she lost to Biden 65% to 35% and if you do the math, you realize she probably didn’t earn her b.s. [sic] in Math last week.
By the way, 65% was the best percentage Joe Biden ever received in an election since he started running for office in 1970, and he didn’t even campaign in the State of Delaware in 2008 against Christine O’Donnell.
And of course, there is my favorite interview with Christine O’Donnell where she has an epic meltdown: Dan Gaffney Audio: Christine O’Donnell for Senate Interview. Unlike the YouTube video, I have saved the Gaffney interview for all time.