On Fox News' The Live Desk, GOP strategist called Obama "anti-American"

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On Fox News' The Live Desk, Republican strategist Christine O'Donnell responded to host Martha MacCallum's question about whether Republicans would prefer to run against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama by asserting, "I would prefer Barack Obama because he is so liberal, that -- he's anti-American."

On the January 7 edition of Fox News' The Live Desk, host Martha MacCallum asked Republican strategist Christine O'Donnell, "Who do Republicans want to run against? [Sen.] Barack Obama [D-IL] or [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY]?" O'Donnell replied, "I would say Barack Obama, because he is so liberal that -- he's anti-American." In response, Democratic strategist Jane Fleming asked, "Anti-American?" O'Donnell replied: "He's beating the change drum, but let's look at the change. He did not vote for English as the official language. What does that say?" O'Donnell later added: "And then they sit there and say, 'Oh, but I'm for English as the national language,' because there's a legal difference. And the difference is English as the official language would, you know, not allow bilingual ballots."

From the January 7 edition of Fox News' The Live Desk:

MacCALLUM: Now, I would point out you didn't see a whole lot of editorial pages -- conservative editorial pages -- really paying too much attention to Barack Obama until recently. So let me get Christine O'Donnell's thoughts on this. Who do Republicans want to run against? Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?

O'DONNELL: I would prefer Barack Obama because he is so liberal, that -- he's anti-American. Let me tell you a couple of --

FLEMING: Anti-American?

O'DONNELL: Let me explain why. He's beating the change drum, but let's look at the change. He did not vote for English as the official language. What does that say? Then you hear them say, "I'm for" --

FLEMING: What are you talking about? Are you talking about the immigration debate? Because --

O'DONNELL: No, I'm --

FLEMING: -- if you're talking about that, there was a lot in there.

O'DONNELL: His voting record. His voting record. And then they sit there and say, "Oh, but I'm for English as the national language," because there's a legal difference. And the difference is English as the official language would, you know, not allow bilingual ballots and --

MacCALLUM: All right, well, back to my question. Just in terms of, you know, who they can beat, you think Obama is easier to beat.

O'DONNELL: Absolutely.

MacCALLUM: Jane, who do you think?

FLEMING: There's no way that they can beat Obama, and there's -- it's a rare chance that you guys are going to beat Clinton as well. All the national polls say we beat you guys. Democrats are fired up. We outperformed you guys 2-to-1 in Iowa, we're going to outperform you in New Hampshire. Democrats are going to win this. I don't care if it's Edwards, Obama, or Clinton.

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Fox News Channel
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Martha MacCallum
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The Live Desk
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Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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