October 1st, 2010
08:23 PM ET
8 years ago

War of words in Connecticut Senate race

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Connecticut is seizing on remarks made by his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon that seemed to suggest she would consider lowering the minimum wage.

Richard Blumenthal's campaign launched a new ad Friday charging that McMahon "took home $46 million dollars, and now she's talking about lowering the minimum wage."

In the ad, which also goes after McMahon's tenure as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a narrator says, "Linda McMahon has always put herself, and her profits, first."

McMahon's campaign was quick to respond.

"Dick Blumenthal is a lifelong politician who has no idea how to create jobs…We know he's a fighter, the problem is he's fighting for higher taxes and more government," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in a statement.

The ad comes less than 24 hours after McMahon told reporters she thought "we need to review how much it ought to be, and whether or not we ought to have increases in the minimum wage."

McMahon made the comments at a contentious press conference Thursday after accepting the endorsement of the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

When asked if she supported the NFIB's opposition to minimum wage increases, McMahon said in part, "I think all of the business plans that are being put forward in government today we need to review and make sure what those consequences are."

But reporters pressed further, eventually asking McMahon if she thought the minimum wage should be reduced.

To that, McMahon responded, "I think we ought to look at all of those issues in terms of what mandates are being placed on businesses and can they afford them. I think we should get input from our business community. We should listen to our small business operators and we should hear what it is they have to say and how it's impacting their businesses and make some of those decisions."

Local media jumped on the answer, saying McMahon's comments indicate that she is open to lowering the minimum wage.

But her campaign hit back, arguing that reporters had misinterpreted McMahon's answers.

"It's impossible to accept the spin that a handful of reporters are putting on this without changing the definition of the word 'review.' That word is not one in the same with 'cut," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in an e-mail.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that McMahon trails Blumenthal 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, a sign that Blumenthal's once comfortable lead continues to shrink. The winner of the November election will hold the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Chris Dodd who chose not to run for reelection.

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Vote Democrats or Bend Over for the Tea PartyGOP!

    The Republicans want Americans to feel that the country is sinking. Not true! The stock market best run in September in 70 years, We got Health care, Education and Wall St Reform. Folks we are moving our country off of sandpit and President Obama and the Democrats set it upon Rock! To compete in a global economy. Those are the fact! Not opinions!

    October 1, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The typically out-of-touch Dem, Blumenthal, doesn't get it that with a slow economy businesses have less money to spend on hiring and paying people. A reduction in minimum wage would allow employers to hire more people for the same budget. Apparently, Blumenthal is in favour of keeping unemployment as high as possible.

    October 1, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    Did you hear the one about the minority host of one of cnn's shows who said he was almost as good as a jew? Of course not, you'll have to go tune into Fox to find out about it (he was promptly fired). If you listened to cnn, you heard about Sarah Palin instead – again.

    October 1, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. vic, Nashville TN

    She is out of touch with us ( ordinary American )

    October 1, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Aaron

    She didn't get rich by giving money away. She obviously is from the old school of business, treat your workers like peasants, don't pay them enough to live on, and get rid of them of they complain about it.

    October 1, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. LouAz

    "definition of the word 'review.'" Passes the duck test for me. Looks like a cut, walks like a cut, quacks like a cut.

    October 1, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. John

    Just like a REPUBLICAN help BIG BUSINESS,WALL STREET and the VERY RICH. And don't worry about the middle class or the very poor.Linda McMahon less see you live on Minimum Wage for one years without the use of your 46 millions or more dollars and you wouldn't said thing like that. Because living on minimum wage you can't make in meet now. People in America need too wake up because this is what the REPUBLICAN want too do. I'm a Independent voter.

    October 1, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. southern cousin

    If there is anyone in the Democrat liberal party that would check you would find out that the passage of the minimum wage increase in 2007 coincided with the start of the recession. Nice going to Pelosit and her corrupt union toadys.

    October 1, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    All republicans need to be repudiated come November. They have been taken over by a sick right wing nit case of extremists that don't know how to run their own lives and now want to take office so they can ruin ours. They almost ruined this country financially two years ago and now want a second try! Sickos!

    October 1, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  10. wcnea567

    I wouldn't be surprised minimum wage would be reduced if republicans retake congress. Republicans kept minimum wage at $5.15/hour for about ten years until numbers of democrat in congress increased enough to raise it. During that time pay of business top executives had sky rocketed.

    October 1, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. TheTraveler

    These people need to seriously grow up ...

    October 1, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. DENNA

    Of course she wants to lower the minimum wage. After all, we can't have businesses paying a living wage. I can't believe that any middle class person would vote for the Party of No. They have done their level best to make sure that the middle class continues to bear the brunt of the taxes in this country. Between the Tea Party and the Republicans and they may as well just torch the entire country rather than tear it down piece by piece.

    October 1, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. one voice

    This lady is a liar. Richard's voting was with the Democrats which resulted in the lowest taxes for the working middle class since President Truman in the 1950's, Health care which will lower premiums while taking BILLIONS off the deficit the first 10 years, including making it ILLEGAL for the RIP OFF Insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and drop coverage if you get sick. He voted for wallstreet reform which resulted in the banks can't no longer RIP OFF the American Taxpayer. There is no compairison between him(for the people) and her(for the top 2% of the richest Americans) YOUR CHOICE!!!

    October 1, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. sara

    Higher taxes under who......pay your debts like everyone else. I would have been "hanged" if I filed for bankruptsy and didn't pay my bills. Go pull your daughter's hair and let her Knock you down again.....fill up the bottles of steriods and give'em to your employees and get rich off of their sick arses. You belong in jail.

    October 1, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Professional wrestling is just as real as the Republican party....and both draw the same crowds...

    October 1, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. S. C. C.

    President Obama has been president less than 2 years – What has he done wrong = NOTHING
    either you are a staunch Republican or a staunch racist

    October 1, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. markiejoe

    Blumenthal will win with at least 55% of the vote.

    October 2, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  18. George of the jungle

    the democrats need to get loud. Stock market up health care in place. Money returned from auto companies. Extended unemployment benefits. more help for vetrans. one war down. stimulas working supreme court more even. You have done a lot so shout it out. Don't hide and let the repos keep lying about what has been done. They have done nothing but keep making up stories that people believe them now. Get pro active if your a democrat vote in November don't sit home we may surprize them .

    October 2, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    If there were no minimum wage, employers would pay as little as possible. I bet most have never worked where raises were issued at one cent per hour per year. I'm not kidding. IT was a company who got tax breaks to move into a 'depressed area', which was pretty much all of rural Texas.

    October 2, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  20. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    She is out to destroy the middle class. That is the retard party agenda. Destroy 3/4 of America and make this a dictatorship just like Bush suggested when he was the Ahole in charge. Or should I say the Ass that Cheney was using as a puppet

    If you are a republican look in the mirror and ask yourself is my party really looking out for me. No No No No they are not

    October 2, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  21. Glenn from Cary

    Question for Connecticut voters: Are you kidding? Linda McMahon? Isn't Joe Lieberman embarrassing enough?

    October 2, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  22. Joe, San Diego

    Politicians are so out of touch with hard working Americans... that heifer earned $46 million dollars why in gods name is she concerned with minimum wage... oh thats right it doesn't concern her
    Anyone earning more than $35K isn't concerned... cretins!

    October 2, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  23. Robert Moses

    A woman whose huisband made her millions peddling what is essentially smut to young men thnks that gives her the wherewithall to be in the senate? She does realize that there is no "smackdown" when it comes to writing law, right? There are no cage matches, no pyrotechnics, and no near naked amazon women to distract the other legislators while you pull a fast one and body slam the working people of the nation, right?

    October 2, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  24. Edddieb

    another repuck doing what they do best destroy the middle class and poor

    October 2, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  25. Angelica

    Linda should tell everybody that from 2002 she spent tones of money on lobbyists to affect congress for her interests. She is a rich DB

    October 2, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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