Maher Praises O’Donnell: “Real Deal,” Released Video for “Entertainment”

Comedian Bill Maher has admitted that he released the clip of Delaware Senate Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell saying that she “dabbled in witchcraft” for entertainment purposes and to get her on his show again, NBC news reported Tuesday.

Maher both praised and mocked O’Donnell, "She's the real deal. I would not exactly put her on the intelligence committee if she got to the Senate, if you know what I mean, but she certainly is sincere," Maher said in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Today Show” Tuesday.

The O’Donnell witchcraft clip originally aired on “Politically Incorrect” in 1999 and was re-played on Friday night on "Real Time with Bill Maher.” Many clips of O’Donnell’s time as a political commentator have surfaced since the Tea Party favorite was thrust into the national spotlight after beating longtime Delaware politician Rep. Mike Castle in the primary last week.

According to Maher she was also a “great guest” and good for ratings and her statements, “should not affect her being elected.” O’Donnell dismissed the witchcraft statement, saying there’s been no witchcraft since high school and chalked it up to being young and told a crowd at a Delaware Picnic on Sunday to, “put that to rest and move on to what we’re going to do." She also said, “Bill wanted ratings, I gave him ratings."

O’Donnell faces Democrat Chris Coons in the race to fill former Vice President Joe Biden’s Senate seat. The latest Pulse Opinion Research Poll for Fox News has O’Donnell down 15 percent to Democrat Chris Coons, with only 5 percent undecided.