Christine O'Donnell 'Tonight Show' Appearance: Republican Complains About Karl Rove (VIDEO)

11/11/2010 11:15 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Nick Wing Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post

Unsuccessful Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Wednesday night to talk about her political past and future.

O'Donnell, who admitted that she used to be a Democrat, told Leno that Karl Rove and defeated primary candidate Mike Castle should have stepped up to endorse her instead of speaking skeptically of her candidacy.

"He and Karl Rove went around the state, met with the Tea Party groups and all the conservative groups and were saying 'okay after the primary everyone's gonna -- it's important that we win a seat,' and when it came time for them to do what they were preaching, they couldn't," O'Donnell said. "And I think had they it would have made a huge difference."

O'Donnell also admitted that she had wanted to talk with Karl Rove after a recent "Today Show" appearance, but that he did not show up in the green room afterward.

Talk then turned to O'Donnell's notorious "I'm Not A Witch" ad.

"Do you regret that?" Leno asked.

"Actually I do, because I feel like the whole message got lost." O'Donnell responded. "The purpose of that ad was supposed to put it all behind me so that we could talk about the largest tax increase in history, the death tax that's coming this November, and it all got lost."

O'Donnell also discussed her past comments critical of masturbation. "I used to be a liberal, I used to be a lot of things that I'm not.... To me that was more of a ministry opportunity than a political statement," she said.

Leno then touched on O'Donnell's political future. "Would you run again?" he asked.

"I don't know," O'Donnell answered. "I'd like to keep that option open, but right now, again like I said, our country is facing serious issues, whatever I do I would like to be able to advocate for those issues."

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