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Was Christine O'Donnell present or absent at the University of Oxford? The GOP candidate for Senate in Delaware claims she studied at the world class English school, but after scrutinizing her records The Washington Post concludes "this is at best an exaggeration and at worst an outright falsehood."

On her LinkedIn bio page, O'Donnell lists Oxford as one of the three universities she attended, saying she studied "Post Modernism in the New Millennium." But the Post discovered that was just a single course held by a separate institution called the Phoenix Institute, "which merely rented space at Oxford."

A spokesperson for O'Donnell said the listing of Oxford on the bio was a reference to the Phoenix Institute course.

But Chris Fletcher, who headed the Institute's 2001 Oxford Summer Programme attended by O'Donnell, said the candidate's claim to have attended the university is "misleading."

"We never represented it as a course run by Oxford University," Fletcher told the Post. "It wasn't an official course of Oxford University. It wasn't sponsored by Oxford University. We rented the space."

It's not the first time O'Donnell, whose Tea Party-fueled primary win shook up Delaware politics, has apparently stretched the truth about her education history.

The New York Times recently reported that while O'Donnell claimed for years that she was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, "in fact she attained her bachelor's degree in English literature only this summer." And in a 2005 lawsuit O'Donnell suggested she was studying to obtain a master's degree at Princeton University -- but she later acknowledged to CNN that she hadn't taken any classes at Princeton.

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breezy62253

Once again Repubs, STAY ON TOPIC!!! YOU'RE the ones preaching and insisting on all of these morals and high standards. Admit instead of diversion and deflecting when YOUR candidates fail YOUR litmus test. Honesty is supposedly one of YOUR values also! The candidate running on the Repub ticket in my area has Mafia ties, booted from DOJ, proved to be lying through his teeth, and those hypocrites are donating and supporting like there's nothing wrong.

September 29 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
rockywalter2327

Moderator...is there a reason you never allow my comments to go through? You actually objected to my saying, "This is a woman who said lieing is so bad, she would not lie to a Nazi at the door looking for Anne Frank"?? Is it because I've said something in the past you don't like, and so you just block them all? I'd ask others if they are routinely blocked for benign statements, but they will block your answers! :)

September 29 2010 at 8:54 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Are the best in the US running for office?? No. Is she better than Reid who bribed $10 billion for health care votes and Pelosi who wanted to pass the bill on a deem and pass basis where there would be no tally and no one would know who voted for what or you know who that claimed the bill would be on the internet five days for all to see then was passed in 36 hours, Yes.

September 29 2010 at 8:48 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
sysaphus71

PHEW!!!.....for a minute I was afraid that she admitted to doing coke, attended highly liberal schools and being influenced by and befriending radicals, known socialist and thug urban inner city politicians. Wow!, I'm glad that kind of candidate doesn't go far in our government.

September 29 2010 at 8:22 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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stevegeryk

Why , George Bush was a great President....

October 02 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

It is nice that she is so news worthy, who is she running against? Has he done or said anything that is socialist in nature? What are his view on the issues compared to hers? So far I keep hearing the media try to run her down. But I hear nothing on the issues. Is it the media wants her to lose and will not show the differance on views of the issues. We do not want people voting on the issues.

September 29 2010 at 6:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mscowby

Kathleen9:41 PM Sep 28, 2010(28) vote this comment up (45) vote this comment down I don't care if I find out she didn't finish high school. I don't care if she circles her house at night on her broom. I don't care if she talks to her potted plants. If she votes HELL NO to this insane liberal administration's disastrous policies, she's got my vote.----------YOU ARE WHAT SCARES ME ABOUT YOUR TYPE , I BET YOUR KIDE NEVER EVEN GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. YOU SET A HIRID EXAMPLE FOR THINNKING AND EDUCATED PEOPLE/

September 28 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
r42eklund

Oh, and Kerry is a decorated Veteran of the conflict in Viet Nam! She Attended a Class at Oxford. Did she say she was a student at Oxford University? Did she Study while attending the class as Oxford? Don't know that as a fact but to say now that she didn't is more of a stretch than John's war medals. Where in this or any article is her position on political issues discussed? This is like arguing about Joe Biden's hair! I'll vote against Joe Biden because I don't like the issues he supports, not because of his hair. I'll vote for or against Ms. O'Donnell based on her position on the issues, not on who conducted a class she may or may not have studied for ten years ago. I'm more interested in her current position on creating jobs, reducing taxes and spending, calling for Americans to take responsibility for their own lives and not relying on the government to take care of them.

September 28 2010 at 11:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Pam and Mike

"Stupid is as stupid does!!!!" I never thought I'd see such a perfect example of this. But now we have O'Donnell and all of the Forrest Gumps who would vote for her!!!!LOL!

September 28 2010 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trialrunok

O'Donnell is no worse than any other politician in Washington, that includes both Democrat and Republican. The only thing that will work to hold these life long lazy greedy politicians accountable is term limits. They get in office and stay until they die. They form control power groups that has nothing to do with what's best for this country. They are out for themselves, spend most of their time campaigning. Let's see, they are off for the summer months, week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off for Xmas, week off for Easter, at least a week off for each Holiday. Vote themselves a raise each year regardless how bad the economy is. O'Donnell is bad news, is she, just what has she done that every politician in Washington hasn't done, only difference I see is she hasn't laid around in Washington living off tax payers most of her life like the majority of these greedy politicians have done... If she is elected she will fit right in.

September 28 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
kendelvalle

A cuttie but never the less a goofy bimbo playing politician. The nice hairdo, the string of pearls and the nice bussiness outfits complete the ensemble. All part of the modern myth that clean girl spunk and a "by golly" attitute can overcome the requirement of intellectual acumen and analytical thinking. It is all show and no substance... and fun to watch. I would vote for her just to see what might happen!

September 28 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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