Christine O'Donnell Claims Divine Mandate for Candidacy

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports: Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell says “God is the reason” that she’s running for U.S. Senate and that prayer has played “a direct role in this campaign.”

“I know that God has called me to this,” she told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody in an interview to be aired Tuesday on the 700 Club program.

“If I didn’t believe that there were a cause greater than myself worth fighting for, if I didn’t believe that it takes a complete dying of self to make things right in this election cycle I would not be running,” she told CBN’s David Brody. “When you die to yourself you rely on a power greater than yourself, so prayer is what’s gotten us all through.”

O’Donnell, who has been trailing Democrat Chris Coons, also directly credits prayer with helping her narrow the gap with her opponent in some recent polls.

“The day that we saw a spike in the polls was a day that some people had a prayer meeting for me that morning for this campaign,” she said. “So I believe that prayer plays a direct role in this campaign.”

O’Donnell’s outspokenness on matters of faith and her punditry on several TV talk shows during the 1990s, which she has since described as a “ministry opportunity,” have garnered national attention during the campaign. O’Donnell told the CBN’s Brody that she has no regrets about publicly stating her opinions, but added criticism of some of her statements reflects a “double standard especially when it comes to conservative women.”

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