October 12th, 2010
09:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Jabs in Connecticut Senate debate

(CNN) – The gloves were off as Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican Linda McMahon traded jabs over health care, taxes and personal character their third debate in the race for a U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut.

During the debate in front of a raucous crowd at Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut, the candidates returned to themes that have punctuated their campaigns since the primary election.

Both candidates were able to get in a sucker punch - Blumenthal's came during comments on McMahon's tenure at WWE, when he attacked the company's employee coverage policy.

"She requires all wrestlers to sign a death clause," Blumenthal said. He went on to attack the policy, which he said would absolve WWE of responsibility if performers were killed in the ring

McMahon responded by saying her employees received excellent health care and were covered for injuries received as a result of performances.

McMahon earned cheers for her response following Blumenthal's claim that "the people of Connecticut know me."

"I think what they know now is that you have great difficulty in telling the truth," McMahon said. She attacked Blumenthal's misstatements on his Vietnam record, a consistent theme throughout her campaign.

"I will be not be lectured on straight talk," Blumenthal responded curtly.

The crowd, which had trouble sticking to the rules of keeping quiet during the previous debate, was even louder during Tuesday's debate– breaking into laughter when the moderator accidentally called McMahon "Mrs. Blumenthal" and booing or cheering, especially in the latter half of the debate.

Blumenthal addressed the issue of job creation during his opening statement– an issue McMahon has made a focal point in her attacks on Blumenthal's career in government.

"People create jobs, small businesses create jobs, government can provide the tools but it also must take away the obstacles," Blumenthal said.

McMahon wasted no time in responding to Blumenthal's job comments saying "I'm very happy you have a better notion of how to create jobs this week than you did last week."

She again touted her record as a job creator in the private sector while attacking Blumenthal for being a government candidate. Blumenthal went on the offensive, eviscerating World Wrestling Entertainment as a company that markets "sex and violence" to children and again promoting his record of public service.

According to a recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, Blumenthal is leading McMahon by a 13-point margin.


Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    McMahon acts like she's in the WRESTLING RING – 'kicking' in the groin and 'back-slapping' – she sounds like a 'whipper-snapper'!!

    CT C IT the DEMS way – VOTE Blumenthal – keep STATING the CASE – UNITING the BASE – WINNING the RACE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 12, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    Just remember that McMahon is good at faking things . She learned it from her husband and paid people millions to do the same thing.

    October 12, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. curtther

    Why would this middle aged women want to be a. Senator at stage in her rich and. Powerful life? Why she's a nut

    October 12, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Tina

    Not voting for any Democrat. Hope and Change was a lie.

    October 12, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. Truthseeker

    Go, Dick, go! Linda McMahon is a despicable character. He lied once, she sullied the lives of countless children, adolescents, and small-minded adults with her business for YEARS. Which is worse? You choose.

    October 12, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Jon

    Ehh, guy lied about his military record. That was just stupid. What was he thinking? - Anyway, as for the "gloves coming off" in the tagline – they had gloves? Really?

    October 12, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Vote Democrats or bend over for the Tea Party!

    Linda McMahon will be a gift to the "Steroids Campanies". WWE and her turn a blindeye to the use of setroids. How many of her employees are dead or in terrible health? McMahon needs to clean up her own mess, before trying to fix Connecticut mess.

    October 12, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. Curtis

    OHH! When you said "Senate debate" I thought you actually meant on the floor of the US senate. How silly of me – they're of course not working at all!

    October 12, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Moosehead

    McMahon runs a business that is as phoney as a $3 bill,... what credibility does she bring to the table? Another billionaire, claiming to have the average Joe's interest at heart.

    October 12, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. McMahon is Clueless !

    McMahon doesn't know anything about government ! She is just as clueless as Palin ! She need's to stick to fixing wrestling matches, shooting steroid's into muscle bound freak's and leave the real work to the professional's !

    October 13, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  11. Modern Family

    Any working-class American who votes for a Republican is voting to destroy Demoncracy. Linda McMahon is no more qualified for U.S. Senate than any other wealthy trophy wife. She is NOT qualified and the "anonimous" GOP donors funding all of these campaigns are a smear on our nations history.

    October 13, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  12. valwayne

    How can a candidate misspeak about serving in Vietnam? Crazy! If Blumenthal is elected he the massive wastful corrupt spendinig and debt will continue. If he keeps the Democrat in Power taxes will will be raised until your eyes bleed while spending and debt go even higher! If he goes to DC UNEMPLOYMENT will get worse and worse! We need to balance our Government in Nov to stop the decline of our nation. To do that we need to fire every Democrat on the ballot!!!

    October 13, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. rp

    Tired of the non-relevant and non-issue military "mistatement" jabs ... the Illinois GOP canidate for Senate actually got caught in multiple outright "lies" over his padded military credentials.

    October 13, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Judging by what is written here no wonder Blumenthal has a double digit lead! about the only thing she seems to bring is dirty talk ala WWE style and a kick in the crotch when she's losing the argument.
    WE do not need her type in the Senate.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 13, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  15. Guess Who

    Why not request of these rich folks running for political office to stay in the private sector and create the jobs they know how to do so well. True, government monies cannot be used to invent products to generate profit, so what McMahon and others are saying is basically stupid. Other than lower or raise taxes, which is subjective to ones economic philosophy, what else should the government do besides enacting laws and regulations. What do these rich folks really need in political office?

    October 13, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  16. barry

    I would like to see these two in the ring winner take all. Blumenthal probably wouldn't have much of a chance but it would be funny. She has closed the gap but time is going to run out on her, he will survive this one. Probably closer than the 13 point margin the CNN poll has it at.

    October 13, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  17. pat

    I do not know who would want to vote for Republicans.
    One can see the mess republican agenda did in just 8 yrs and they are asking for same things again.

    Obama and democrats are rightfully fixing the economy..just like Clinton and carter did.
    Unfortunately, stupid voters keep bringing the republicans back to power but smart voters vote for Democrats.

    Who would want money wasted on wars, regulations taken away from industries that spoil the health of the financial system and let industry have free hand?

    October 13, 2010 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  18. Not fooled

    She knows how to create jobs, what more wrestlers? She didn't know what the minimum wage was. Do you think she cares about the little people. This lady is an entertainer. Blumental made a mistake. But he has been great with vets. I think that makes up for a lot. He will protect their interests in Washington.

    October 13, 2010 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Federal spending under Clinton (1993-2000) = 34.28% of GDP
    Federal spending under Bush (2001-2008) = 34.99% of GDP
    Federal spending under Obama (2009-2010) = 43.10% of GDP

    Blumenthal has been stealing us blind. Vote him out! I don't know McMahon, but if all she does is slow Obama's spending, then a vote for her is well cast.

    October 13, 2010 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    Jobs, as such, are not really the problem, although a focus on the economy will remedy our Obama error.
    Our economic failure is based on the replacement of capitalism in the mentality of many American citizens, including Obama, with a socialistic eocnomic idealism that never works because most persons only deign to work when they have to do so or starve.
    The aspiration to "get my (government) check" is at the bottom of our absence of jobs.

    October 13, 2010 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  21. L

    This is so typical of how the media misreports politics. There's plenty of column space devoted to the insults back and forth and very little devoted to their respective positions on important policy. This story does nothing to make me better informed as to which of these two candidates might better represent me.

    Incidentally, The current practice of media political reporting greatly assists the tea partiers because it gives them boundless attention whenever they make outrageous claims (e.g. Sharia Law in US cities) but lets them slide through on how their proposed changes might actually work. Can the Tea Party deliver more than headlines and slogans?

    October 13, 2010 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  22. Freedom

    Enough fiscal irresponsibility! Go McMahon for Senate 2010!!!

    October 13, 2010 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Candidates that have to resort to peronal attacks against their opponents are just showing how mature they realy are. If the candidates can't stick to the issues than they are either uninformed and\or unqualified for the job. Voters realy need to educate themselves about the individual candidates and should not blindley vote a party line.

    October 13, 2010 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. Shiguy

    "'She requires all wrestlers to sign a death clause' that would prevent them from receiving coverage if they were killed in the ring, Blumenthal said."

    I don't know of any health care policies that cover dead people. Is Blumenthal really this dumb?

    October 13, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Sources tell CNN that at the completion of the debate, Mrs. McMahon threw salt in her opponent's eyes. While Blumenthal was temporarily incapacitated, McMahon took the opportunity to chew open one of the corner pads and take out the stuffing – which she then promptly mushed in her opponent's face. All this occurred, of course, while the moderator was distracted by Mrs. McMahon's manager.

    Reports of Mrs. McMahon having a "green tongue" cannot be confirmed at this point.

    October 13, 2010 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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