*”I’m not a witch” is how Delaware’s Republican candidate for senate Christine O’Donnell actually begins her new 30-second campaign ad – directly addressing her own statement in 1999 that she’s “dabbled into witchcraft.”

O’Donnell’s declaration came during a 1999 appearance she made on “Politically Incorrect,” HBO host Bill Maher’s former ABC program. [Watch below.]

After Maher rolled the tape of her remark on his current show several weeks ago, O’Donnell immediately distanced herself from the quote, asking whether it was fair to hold candidates responsible for the “questionable folks” they hung out with in high school.

After declaring outright in her new ad that she’s not a witch, O’Donnell continues, “I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.

“None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us. Politicians who think spending, trading favors and backroom deals are the ways to stay in office. I’ll go to Washington and do what you’d do. I’m Christine O’Donnell and I approve this message. I’m you.”

HuffPost’s Sam Stein is reporting that Wiccan community is even outraged over O’Donnell’s quote.

“Yes, this was 11 years ago she said that,” said Reverend Selena Fox, the High Priestess and Senior Minister of the Circle Sanctuary a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting paganism and nature spirituality. “But the kinds of things she is saying now, saying ‘well in high school you are with despicable characters’ or some such thing, she is actually defaming Wiccans. Whether she intends to do that or not as a way to try and get herself out of this political problem she has created for herself, the fact is America really needs to be a place where you can celebrate diversity and practice your religion without getting ridiculed or defamed.”

Below: Christine O’Donnell: “I’m Not A Witch,” and her appearance with Maher in 1999.