Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party darling and 2010 Republican Senate candidate, has endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 presidential election.
O’Donnell told CNN on Wednesday she admired Romney’s consistency, although critics have labeled the Republican presidential candidate a flip-flopper.
“That’s one of the things that I like about him – because he’s been consistent since he changed his mind,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell added that Romney is “humble enough” to admit he doesn’t know all of the answers and is willing to make “necessary changes” to his stance. O’Donnell made her endorsement official on Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night.
“It was not an easy decision because I too think any of our candidates would make a great president and a great candidate going against Barack Obama,” O’Donnell said. “But I think there are certain tie breakers and I know that in making my decision I might be hurting some people but I think infrastructure and executive experience are important, and for that reason I’m endorsing Mitt Romney.”
O’Donnell added that her endorsement had nothing to do with her brewing disdain for Gingrich.
“I’m very happy. This is not anti-[Newt] Gingrich or anyone else, it’s a pro Gov. Romney endorsement.”
Romney released a statement on Tuesday expressing his gratitude for the endorsement:
“Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years,” said Romney. “Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team.”
In the past, O’Donnell has publicly stated she contributed to both Romney’s and Herman Cain’s campaign and vowed she would later contribute to Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
The former senate Republican candidate is now fully on Mitt Romney’s side and implores Tea Partiers and Republicans not to support Newt Gingrich.
“Newt Gingrich has been inconsistent and unreliable, all the way down from cozying up on the couch with Nancy Pelosi to getting behind relentless Dede Scozzafava in New York 23,” O’Donnell told CNN on Wednesday. “If you want to get behind Michele Bachmann, you want to get behind Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, instead of Romney, OK. I can understand that. But not Newt Gingrich.”