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Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell

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As America’s midterm elections boost the Tea Party’s profile, we compare right wingers Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell’s most unusual utterings

Sarah Palin

"'Refudiate,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'"

"They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighbouring country of Afghanistan." Said at a fundraiser in San Francisco.

"Well, let's see. There's, of course, in the great history of America rulings there have been... rulings." Unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with.

"All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." Trying to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads.

"As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border." Explaining why her state of Alaska's proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience.

Christine O'Donnell

"American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains."

"You know what, evolution is a myth."

"It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can't masturbate without lust."

"We took the Bible and prayer out of public schools. Now we're having weekly shootings. We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS."

"One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar."