September 18th, 2009
03:47 PM ET
12 years ago

McMahon says WWE antics not a liability to Senate run

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/18/art.mcmahon.gi.jpg caption="Linda McMahon told CNN Friday she doesn't expect her company's colorful antics will serve as a liability to her campaign."](CNN) - World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who earlier this week announced she is launching a Republican bid to challenge Sen. Chris Dodd in a Democratic primary, told CNN Friday she doesn't expect her company's colorful antics will serve as a liability to her campaign.

"[Voters] enjoy our product, but they also know that it's an entertainment product that's on television and the company that's behind that is a very strong company," McMahon told CNN's Kiran Chetry on American Morning. "It's traded on the News York stock exchange."

McMahon - who joins a crowded field of Republicans hoping to challenge Dodd - also said she can identify with the financial plight of many of the state's voters, since she and husband Vince McMahon once had to declare bankruptcy.

Full interview transcript on AM Fix blog

"We lost our house, we lost our credit cards. We couldn't even rent a car," she said. "So I know the angst of that. I know the embarrassment of that. I know what it's like to wonder, are you going to have a job, are you going to be able to make your mortgage?"

McMahon also said she is running to reform Washington's "reckless" spending.

"You know, I'm a businesswoman and I've been watching what's going on," she said "The mounting debt that we have, people out of work, reckless spending going on in Washington, and I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. I really wanted to get in, to do something."


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  1. Upstate John

    The Vince McMahon we see on TV and the Vince McMahon behind the scenes are two people. In case people forgot the people of Minnesota elected a professional wrestler – and did a great job from what I can recall.

    September 18, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. LANCE-huffman tx.

    guess we will have to change the names of the debates to
    smackdown 1
    smackdown 2
    smackdown 3
    no groin grabs tho

    September 18, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Eugene

    You know it's funny how she can create a enterprise from scratch with her husband , Lead million's to watch, google, and buy from catologs and everyones talking down about her. She can't do any worse than the politician's already there!

    September 18, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. kgeukes Michigan

    I don't care what this woman has gone through!! She's as big an idiot as her husband!! They pay people to kick the crap out of one another!! What a joke!!!!

    September 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. kim

    Just what the world needs and other brainless republican to make the butt of everones jokes. stay at home ms. mcmahon... first we have the 2 idiots making south carolina look bad now you. dont do it.

    September 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Ron

    She has got to be kidding................

    September 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Sparky

    Great, next we're gonna get our President Camacho!

    September 18, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. billy bud

    All this Left vs Right bickering is sooo lame – THERE IS NO SUCH THING YOU IDIOTS. Your country is a 1 party system that has you preoccupied with this dem/rep smokescreen. The party that runs your country, and always has, is called the ELITE, and you people are the suckers. Go read your history.

    September 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Hmmm.....

    For those who do not know the difference between entertainment and business, what is the truth and what is not...we have the current president by which to judge you by. So, please, excuse me if I do not find value in what you have to say now about this person.

    September 18, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Philip

    Wow! Wake up sports fans. The Rebubs are now the "Sports" party. Snow mobile races, dog sled races, NASCAR, and wrestling! That ought to expand the base and bring in more rednecks.
    I'm impressed! That should increse the base by 1 or 2%

    September 18, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. sue

    If Ahnold can be Gov of CA, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, and the dude from Love Boat, among other figures from the entertainment world, can be elected to public office....why not Linda?????? Hey, Ronald Reagan showed them all that it can be done!

    You go girl!

    September 18, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. john wheeler

    I cannot believe it, are the Republicans really running out of well-qualified contenders that they have to get their candidates from the fake world of wrestling ?
    Our great nation will become a big joke in the eyes of the rest of the world if Linda McMahon of WWE successfully wins a senate seat.
    While we're at it, why not put in John Cena, Big Show, Triple H and rest of the steroid-pumped wrestlers to fill in the senate house ?
    Then we can start calling ourselves the United Steroids of America.

    September 18, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. bess

    Jesse Ventura proved that wrestling in your background can't keep you out of politics.

    those of you who don't know who Jesse Ventura is will need to go to your version of an encyclopedia today: "google it"

    September 18, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. S M R

    If she was asked if pro wrestling is real, Here is her answer- YES. She would be a perfect GOP Candidate- ANOTHER LIAR.

    September 18, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. starr

    Wow!!!! Where was she eight years ago when Bush was is office taking up space creating this mess? Now that the White house has gotten a FEW shades darker spending matters, what a surprise.

    September 18, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Brian

    I have to say that I'm really tired of listening to Republicans talk about "reckless spending". Have people just decided to ignore the fact that our current debt is almost entirely thanks to Republicans and their "reckless spending" durring the Bush years? Durring Bush's tenure he managed to rack up about $5 Trillion dollars in debt. But then again we needed to spend a lot of money to go into Iraq to get all thier WMD's. When Republicans own up to thier own "reckless spending" they can say whatever they want, but considering the facts I'd advise them to simply keep their mouths shut.

    September 18, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Lando

    Why would anyone vote for a millionaire to fix the economy? Last time I checked, America was in the position it's in because of millionaires wanting to get a lot richer, a lot quicker and not caring about the consequences.

    September 18, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. avc

    Nice article. Which state is she running for the senate seat?!?

    September 18, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Alex

    "You know, I'm a businesswoman and I've been watching what's going on," she said "The mounting debt that we have, people out of work, reckless spending going on in Washington, and I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. I really wanted to get in, to do something."

    How come you didn't run when the replublican that caused all this was in charge?

    September 18, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Roger

    Let me get this straight. This slimeball that has made a fortune promoting violence and every kind of perverted sexual fantasy that the toothlesss, inbred, dimwits that watch pro wrestling have ever had, wants us to send her to Washington to clean up the mess?

    September 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Axel

    I am voting for Baron Von Rascke! And maybe Jesse the Body.

    Rick Flair woul make a great politician.

    September 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Lee in TN

    This is another typical republican candidate. Making money off of the public through an organization of fake proportions and now running for office to protect all of that wealth. Kind of sounds like W.

    September 18, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. T Mckinley

    If ANYONE would know about reckless spending, it would be a CEO.

    Reckless CEO spending: Mansions, luxury cars, vacations all over the world, jewelry, furs, designer clothes, wining and dining in five star restaurants, butlers, maids, living like royalty, etc.

    While the people who work for them are struggling to come up with the money to pay the rent and put food on the table.

    Thanks but no thanks. No CEOs in public office.

    September 18, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. calle

    We need people who went to undergrad for policy, urban planning, and the like. We need representatives that know how to read and understand the laws because the ones we have don't read bills and may not understand what they read when they do glance at the bills. We don't need another person. We don't need another person who has proven themselves by running a successful business, especially a business like this. We have had enough people that have proven to us that they know how to make money and allow money to control them. This is truly a joke and I hope Americans don't fall for it. If you want a money person, how about an economist or an economics professor. No More Jokes!!!

    September 18, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. notfooledbydistractions

    Nope, nuts are welcomed by the gop – it's intellectuals they can't tollerate. She'll fit right in.

    September 18, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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