Christine O'Donnell on Wednesday announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in Delaware. She will be going up against Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary. (Photo: WBOC)
WILMINGTON, Del.- Longtime Delaware Congressman Mike Castle will have a primary challenger in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Republican Christine O'Donnell announced on Wednesday she will run for the open Senate seat vacated by now-Vice President Joe Biden.
During a press conference, O'Donnell spoke about what she calls "reckless" government spending.
"Voting to spend money we don't have has become the appealing option for too many politicians. The men and women of America know this is not sustainable," O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell declined a one-on-one interview with WBOC-TV, uncharacteristic for a campaign kickoff. But she did answer one reporter's question about avoiding mistakes in the race.
"One thing you're going to hear is I can't win. I've been hearing the same sound bytes, the same talking points. The party bosses are scared. They're scared I'm learning from the mistakes last year," she said.
Castle's campaign people said on Wednesday they welcome any new challengers to the race.
A statement released from Castle's Senate Campaign said, "Mike welcomes all candidates who enter the race for United States Senate and looks forward to this campaign. He is committed to keeping both Congress, and this campaign, focused on solutions to issues that voters care about-- economic growth, runaway federal spending, and getting Delawareans back to work."
O'Donnell ran for the Senate in 2006 and in 2008. She lost to Biden by nearly 30 percent in 2008. So far Castle has about $2 million in his campaign war chest. O'Donnell said she will release her financial reports in June.