Christine O'Donnell Dodges Masturbation Question

Says her old stance isn't relevant to Senate race

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2010 4:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Christine O'Donnell just isn't going there. The new Tea Party queen refused to answer whether she still considers masturbation a sin—a stance she spelled out years ago on MTV (see video in gallery) that has since become fodder for her critics. "My opponents dug up a quote I gave 16 years ago," she tells the Guardian. "That is how desperate they are. I was a pundit. I was very passionate in my 20s and wanted to share my beliefs."

Asked directly if she still thinks it's a no-no, O'Donnell ducked. "It is irrelevant to this race," she said. Which is actually a smart move, writes Ewan MacAskill. If she says yes, she alienates moderate voters. If she says she's had a change of heart, she alienates her conservative base. "Either way, she isn't saying." Read more about O'Donnell's views and surprise win here.

Christine O'Donnell laughs while talking with family members in between television interviews Wednesday.
Christine O'Donnell laughs while talking with family members in between television interviews Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
DChristine O'Donnell talks with family members in between television interviews, Wednesday.
DChristine O'Donnell talks with family members in between television interviews, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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Rachel Maddow has an old clip of Christine O'Donnell's anti-masturbation comments.   (youtube.com)

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