WASHINGTON – Christine O'Donnell made her national debut at the Values Voter Summit here Friday.
It was her first speech before the national conservative community since securing the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware on Tuesday.
“It's such a delight to be among so many life-long friends and an honor to have the opportunity to talk to you today about the things that are weighing so heavily on our hearts,” O'Donnell said.
Speaking from notes to a crowd of about 2,000,O'Donnell appealed to the populist sentiments that brought her the nomination earlier this week.
“You see,a funny thing happened on the way to our assigned seats on the sideline – those of us who had toiled for years on the values movement suddenly found ourselves surrounded by Americans who have rediscovered the most fundamental value of all – liberty,” O'Donnell said.
Having defeated Rep. Mike Castle for the nomination,O'Donnell is poised to ride the wave of Tea Party support into the midterm elections.
“During those dark days when common-sense,patriotic Americans were looking for some ‘silver lining,' they stumbled across the Constitution,” O'Donnell said.
She spoke on topics such as traditional values and everyman political goals.
“‘They' don't get it. We're not trying to take back our country,we are our country,” O'Donnell said.
Focused mostly on how she got there,O'Donnell's speech did hint at the policies that she would pursue if she beats Democratic nominee Chris Coons.
“They'll buy your teenage daughter an abortion,but they won't let her buy a sugary soda in a school's vending machine,” O'Donnell said about government regulation.
Among an all-star conservative lineup,former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney expressed his views on current politics.
“Welcome to the Nancy Pelosi,Harry Reid,President Obama farewell party,” Romney said.
“Isn't it ironic that a president who said he would unite the country has turned out to be one of the most divisive in history? But he has succeeded in one way – he has united most of the voters against him,” Romney said.
One of his main points was the decline of the economy since the last election.
“There are now nearly 15 million Americans that are out of work: if they stood in a single unemployment line,it would stretch from the coast of California to Washington,D.C.,and then back again,” Romney said.
The November elections were a continuing theme throughout the day,with most speakers giving optimistic evaluations of the conservative cause.
“What is occurring in America today is different than simply a shift in seats. And it is not merely the result of disappointment or anger,though there may well be reason for both,” Romney said.