Former Tea Party-backed Candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell walked off CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight,’ for being asked questions on gay marriage and the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” on homosexuality in the military.
O’Donnell said she only wanted to discuss her new book, “Trouble Maker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,” on Tea Party ideals.
However that did not stop host, Piers Morgan, from pressing O’Donnell about her views on gay-related issues. According to O’Donnell she was not “running for office” and chose not to answer.
"I'm promoting the policies that I laid out in the book that are mostly fiscal, that are mostly constitutional," she said. "That's why I agreed to come on your show. That's what I want to talk about. I'm not being weird. You're being a little rude."
Morgan said he was surprised that she thought him rude. “I'm just asking you questions based on your own public statements and, now, what you've written in your own book. It's hardly rude to ask you that, surely,” he said.
O’Donnell did not feel the line of questioning was appropriate and as a guest on the show they should address the points that she would like to discuss.
According to Morgan, she is a politician and it was fair game.
Soon after, O’Donnell signaled it was time to go and announced she was “being pulled away.”
Piers Morgan discussed the episode on Anderson Cooper’s show on Wednesday. He said, "I found it a very strange moment and I don't think anyone who watches the interview would deduce I was being rude. A little bit cheeky maybe but not rude."
O’Donnell later tweeted on Wednesday, “Piers, thanks for the invite. Schedule is already packed, maybe another night. No hard feelings, you cheeky bugger.”
During her 2010 Senate campaign Christine O’Donnell was widely known for her views on masturbation, abortion, and abstinence.
O’Donnell, a devout Christian, wrote in Cultural Dissident in 1998:
"I don't encourage anyone to seek 'abstinence.' I cringe at terms like 'secondary virginity' or 'recycled virgin.' One of my goals is to get the body of Christ to stop proclaiming these words. I would rejoice if I never heard 'abstinence' from a pulpit again. As Christians, virginity is not even our goal. Purity and holiness are our calling in Christ."