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.