O'Donnell: 'Troublemakers' Shake Up Status Quo

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Christine O'Donnell didn't win her race for Delaware's Senate last year. However, people remember her as she was the Republican candidate most covered by the media.

She's written a book about her experiences and as she tells CBN News, watching a story that was broadcast on "The 700 Club" helped her recover from a tough campaign.

It was the campaign commercial viewed around the world via the Internet that included O'Donnell saying, "I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."

CBN News asked the former Delaware Senate candidate what she thought when she saw the script for the TV commerical first time.

"When I saw the first line, before the script was even written, I said, "I can't do that. I can't even read that. This is the wrong direction,'" she said.

"But what did I do? I ignored my gut and I listened to the experts," O'Donnell explained.

"There is a lesson there and as we go forward into the 2012 election, I'm hoping that the every day Americans who are finding themselves involved in the political process for the first time will learn from my mistakes," she said.

O'Donnell calls the witchcraft debacle the "lowest moment" of her campaign. It grew from a decade-old interview, became baggage that led to that television commercial and helped drown her dreams of serving in the U.S. Senate.

The title of the book is "Troublemaker: Let's Do What it Takes to Make America Great Again." Are you a troublemaker? And if you are, is that a label that you wear proudly?," CBN News asked.

"I sure hope I'm a troublemaker," O'Donnell replied.

"I chose that for my book, because I want to inspire more troublemakers to go out there and upset the status quo but to do it in the right spirit," she explained.

After the election, O'Donnell says she grew angry and bitter. But her attitude changed one day while watching a story on CBN's "The 700 Club."

It was about an African American pastor reaching out to a former Klu Klux Klan leader.

"And it just struck me, wow! If this pastor could find the love of God and the grace of forgiveness to forgive the very evil thing that the KKK has done to him, I can certainly get over some gossip," she said laughing.

What's next for Christine O'Donnell?

"Everyone keeps asking, 'Are you going run again? As I say in the book, the times before I've usually been like, 'No I'm not going to run.' And then your heart starts to change. You pray about it and you realize, 'Oops, you know, maybe God has something else for me," she replied.

--Published Aug. 19, 2011. 

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Jennifer Wishon

Jennifer Wishon

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Jennifer Wishon is the White House correspondent for CBN News based in the network’s Washington, D.C. Bureau.  Before taking over the White House beat, Jennifer covered Capitol Hill and other national news, from the economy to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferWishon and "like" her at Facebook.com/JennWishon.