Amy Myers, high school junior who challenged Michele Bachmann to debate, now takes on Christine O'Donnell
Amy Myers, the high school junior who challenged Michele Bachmann to a debate, is at it again. Now she's invited Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell to a verbal sparring.
Myers showed up at a Barnes & Noble in Exton, Pennsylvania, over the weekend, where O'Donnell was hawking her new book: "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes To Make America Great Again." Myers challenged O'Donnell to a debate on the Constitution and basic history.
Unlike Bachmann--who blew Myers off--O'Donnell sounds like she actually might take the bait.
When Myers approached with her book in hand, O'Donnell "told me that she hopes I start trouble of my own," Myers explains.
"I said, 'Well, actually, I do have some trouble to start.' I wanted to know if she would like to debate me. And she was all excited and she said, 'Sure, I'd love to.'"
O'Donnell, a 2010 candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware, gave her assistant's e-mail to Myers, so that the high school student could follow up.
Myers, who is junior class president at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, says she's now completed challenges to two of the three female politicians who really bug her.
"Originally, I challenged Michele Bachmann to a debate," Myers says. "My reasoning was that Michele Bachmann represented women in a negative way. And additionally, Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell were also the three women who I thought acted more like celebrities and negative images of women rather than actual politicians."
Amy Myers's father, Wayne, says his daughter's frustration with Bachmann came to a head when she claimed the battles of Lexington and Concord took place in New Hampshire, rather than in Massachusetts.
So Myers laid down the gauntlet in a letter to Bachmann. The tactic landed her plenty of media coverage, including an appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word--but no face-off with Bachmann.
No word yet on whether the debate with O'Donnell will happen. But if it did, it could prove very entertaining, since O'Donnell's comments have rivaled Bachmann's for bizarreness. In her early years as a passionate evangelical, she once publicly denounced masturbation. Another time, she offered this zinger:
Christine O'Donnell, admitting she "dabbled into witchcraft"
"I dabbled into witchcraft -- I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do," she said.
"One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's little blood there and stuff like that," she said. "We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar."
The quotes were released last year by Bill Maher during O'Donnell's failed Senate campaign. Instead of ignoring the quotes, O'Donnell actually launched a television campaign ad in which she announced that actually, she was not a witch.
Um. Thanks for clearing that one up.
Sarah Palin, you've been warned: Amy Myers is on the hunt, and you're up next.
"I'm waiting until she announces the presidency," Myers explains.
To get a sense of what Myers would be up against in a debate, watch the video of Christine O'Donnell's weird past statements:
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