(CNN) - Republican Linda McMahon is trying to seize the offensive in the hotly contested Connecticut Senate race, unveiling a new ad slamming Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over distortions in his Vietnam service record.
The new ad, which will air statewide, made its on-line debut only hours before the two candidates are scheduled square off in their first debate. It raises questions about Blumenthal's credibility as a politician.
(CNN) - Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal step into the political ring Monday night for their first face-to-face showdown in the fight for the Senate seat long held by Connecticut Democrat Chris Dodd.
McMahon, the former chief executive of pro-wrestling's World Wrestling Entertainment and the GOP Senate nominee, and Blumenthal, Connecticut's longtime Democratic attorney general, will share the same stage in Hartford for their first debate.
The debate comes as recent polling indicates the race is now a dead heat.
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.
(CNN) - Former pro-wrestling executive Linda McMahon has closed the gap against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the state's contentious Senate race, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that McMahon, the GOP nominee, trails Blumenthal, the Democratic standard bearer, 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, with four percent undecided. Blumenthal's three point advantage is within the poll's sampling error, and is down from a six-point margin in a Quinnipiac survey from two weeks ago.
(CNN) - GOP Senate nominee Linda McMahon's pushing back Friday against some jabs from President Barack Obama.
Obama, in Connecticut Thursday to headline a fundraiser for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic Senate nominee, brought up McMahon, a former pro-wrestling executive.
"I understand she has promised a 'smackdown'. That is what she said. And, look, there's no doubt, I can see how somebody who's been in professional wrestling would think that they're right at home in the United States Senate - if they were watching some of the behavior that's been going on. But the truth is - and Dick understands this - public service is not a game," said Obama.
(CNN) - Just a few hours before President Barack Obama heads to Connecticut to try and help keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands, a top non-partisan political handicapper is now describing the contest as up for grabs.
The Cook Political Report Thursday moved its rating from "lean Democrat" to "toss up." Later Thursday the president's scheduled to headline an event in Connecticut for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the party's Senate nominee. Blumenthal will face off in November's midterm elections against Republican nominee Linda McMahon. The former pro-wrestling executive has pumped millions of dollars into her bid for the Senate.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's heading to Connecticut Thursday late afternoon to help keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands.
The president is scheduled to headline an event for state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the party's Senate nominee. A Democratic source tells CNN that more than 300 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, with tickets priced at $1,000 each.
Later, Obama is expected to be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser being held at a private residence. A separate source with knowledge of the event says the dinner is expected to bring in a little over $1 million.
(CNN) – Ex-wrestling executive Linda McMahon continues to close ground against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the state's increasingly contentious Senate race, a new poll indicates.
The latest poll by Quinnipiac University shows that McMahon has come within six points of Blumenthal, a development that is "surprisingly close" given Blumenthal's 70 percent approval rating as the state's attorney general, said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.
According to the poll released Tuesday, Democrat Richard Blumenthal leads Republican Linda McMahon 51 to 45 percent among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race. Three percent of likely voters are undecided, and 11 percent say they could change their mind by Election Day, according to the poll.
(CNN) - President Obama will travel to Connecticut later this month to stump for Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, a spokesperson for the candidate told CNN Saturday.
Obama will campaign with Blumenthal in Stamford on September 16 – the same day he is slated to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in the state.
"I look forward to welcoming the President of the United States to Connecticut. It is an honor to have his support and his assistance,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “His visit will make a difference for us, energizing our supporters and helping us raise the resources we need against my opponent who is spending an unprecedented $50 million on her campaign."
Blumenthal slowly has been dropping slowly but steadily in the polls. A Quinnipiac University survey of Connecticut voters conducted five weeks ago indicated that Blumenthal held a 10-point lead over his challenger, former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon. Blumenthal held a 20-point lead in the same poll in June.
(CNN) – Democrats may be salivating at the opportunity to take on Linda McMahon - the former World Wrestling Entertainment executive who captured Connecticut's GOP Senate nomination Tuesday night – but the ex-wrestling CEO tells CNN she welcomes a fight about her colorful past.
"As my opponents talked more and more about the WWE and issues that may have been relative to programming content ...instead of focusing on the issues, I talked about issues and continued to gain momentum," McMahon told CNN Wednesday morning.
"If my opponents want to talk about soap opera content instead of focusing on issues, I will win again in November," she added.