Yesterday, Delaware GOP U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell canceled her scheduled interviews for this morning on Fox News Sunday and CBS’s Face the Nation after a video from 1999 surfaced in which she said she had “dabbled into witchcraft.” The AP reported that “O’Donnell canceled so that she could attend a Republican campaign event Sunday in Delaware’s Sussex County.” But today on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace said that O’Donnell’s campaign and O’Donnell herself gave conflicting reasons for the cancellation:
WALLACE: This is not the program we were planning to bring you. Christine O’Donnell, the surprise winner of the Republican Senate primary in Delaware, agreed to come here live in Washington today to take our questions, however late Friday night, her campaign canceled saying O’Donnell was “exhausted” and had to return to Delaware. Saturday morning O’Donnell called me and said this: “I got triple-booked. I had been invited to go to church and then a picnic. I have to keep my priorities to Delaware voters.”
Talking with Wallace today, Karl Rove — who has been engaged in a battle with the right and O’Donnell over whether she’s the best GOP candidate in Delaware — said that O’Donnell “made a smart decision by not getting on the Sunday shows this week,” adding, “she shouldn’t have accepted in the first place.”
Later on Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer said he wasn’t aware of O’Donnell’s “witchcraft” comment when her campaign canceled the interview. “After we became aware of this,” Schieffer said, “we emailed the campaign again and asked them if in fact that was the reason that she decided to cancel the the appearance. We got back an email that said, ‘No, that is not the reason. We weren’t aware that [Bill Maher] had released this tape until yesterday afternoon.’”
O’Donnell did find time to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak at the conservative so-called “Values Voters” summit on Friday. O’Donnell’s campaign was seemingly able to avoid any scheduling conflicts for her to attend.