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. renobill

    What a ticket for 2012! Palin & McMahon, or Dumb & Dumber. Keep up the good work repukes!

    September 18, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Shelly

    Oh watch all the stupid blind mice follow this piped piper !
    Is this the best the GOP has?????

    September 18, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. L

    WE'RE ALL DOOMED!! Sorry but Politics, Sports, and Acting...don't combine well. I don't understand how this stupid country can allow some broad who has NO experience, other than watching her husband act like a child and make a complete fool of himself, be in politics. Oh, wait!! She's perfect for our Government, she lacks the experience, the tact, talent, etc. just like our current politicians!! The only reason she'll get into politics is because she has money. PEOPLE wake up..do you not see that only rich people can be in politics...remember growing up and your teachers saying, "You can be President one day." Yeah, right..only if I become a millionaire....what a sad country!

    September 18, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Michael

    Lets ask her on the record if one wrestling is fixed and two is her husband a steroid freak like most people in wrestling

    September 18, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Zalzal

    She doesn't stand a chance against the sincerity of Peter Schiff. My money is on Schiff to win.

    September 18, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. peter

    we lost our house , we lost our car and we couldn't rent a car, you nonsense CEO , so you will considering to run a senate set in order to make money by lobbing.

    September 18, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. PhiDelt484NMA

    Well, all I can say is, it's about time somebody new CLIMBS INTO THE RING to GRAPPLE with the issues. I'm sure she will GO TO THE MAT to win the election, but as a newcomer, she shouldn't PIN her hopes on her decision – she certainly doesn't have a HEAD LOCK on beating Dodd.

    September 18, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. stan

    Its all over for the gop because their approval rating with latinos is at an all time low 14%,their rating with blacks are 3% their ratings with asians are 28%,the gop is going to be very shocked when they only win about 5 seats next year in lose 2 more seats in the senate,and if those numbers continues with minority voters in 2012 the gop is going to have to get 68% of the white vote to squeak by obama because they are getting killed with the minority vote.and the gop chances of getting 68% of the white vote is slim in none,when the right-wing realize they cant ever win again its going to be very dangerous to live in america because these right-wing haters are going to do something very bad i can just feel it,but its the gop fault for dumping their moderate views for very hard conservatives views,which turned off 95% of the minorities.

    September 18, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Olaf Big

    One really wonders what the base of the republican party is if this is the best candidate they can find to run against Chris Dodd...

    September 18, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Char

    YOU GO GIRL !!! If you need a running mate, I'm right behind ya.

    September 18, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Seant

    GOOD...She sounds like a down to earth person. Plus she is a business woman and a person that understands budgets. She is already 10 steps ahead of anyone in the Senate and 50 steps ahead in the Congress. Good Luck to her!

    As for the loser lefties comments...I read these every day. They are always the same.

    Why don't you and the right wing children pull your heads out of your rear ends and take a good look at what really is happening here in the USA.
    Our so called leaders on both sides have been playing politics with our lives for way too long. For the good of power and money.

    We need people in there for the good of our citizens and our country

    September 18, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Tina

    A couple people mentioned how this is any differetn from Al Franken – Mr. Franken has a Bachelor's Degree from Harvard in government.
    This is from Ms. McMahon's bio on the WWE website: "After graduating from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., with a Bachelor of Science in French and certified to teach, Linda and Vince moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a paralegal at the law firm of Covington & Burling." Google is free and easy people.

    September 18, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Linda,

    Why don't you approach Sarah Palin to be a guest referee at the next Wrestlemania. That way all the phonies will be at one place at the same time!

    Just look at all the WWE "experts" coming out of the woods on this!!!

    September 18, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Joe

    I just hope she hires Dusty Rhodes as her speechwriter.

    "Lemme tell you sumpun..."

    September 18, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Paul

    "...announced she is launching a Republican bid to challenge Sen. Chris Dodd in a Democratic primary."

    Is this really what's happening–she's going to run as a Republican in a Democratic primary–or does CNN need better copy editors?

    September 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Karen - Missouri

    Typical Republican. Who in their right minds would EVER vote for this woman??? She needs to get a real life! I'd rather see Dodd remain where he is than to see another clueless Republican playing games with this country!

    September 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. lefty loosy

    After the Clown Al Franken in Minnesota anything goes.
    Lots of luck Linda

    September 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Travis

    I can smell a good battle between her and Michelle Bachmann to be Sarah Palin's VP running mate. What a ticket.

    September 18, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. KATHLEEN

    Lost your house????? What to buy a bigger one by claiming bankruptcy? That is what the rich do, right Donald Trump??

    Cheney said on national T.V. with his cocky legs crossed, while
    receiving money from Halliburton and God knows what other companies with NO BID CONTRACTS, that Americans should
    NOT depend on entitlements!!!!! Bush tried to PRIVATIZE SOCIAL
    SECURITY.

    Should the Republicans win, anything whatsoever, the days of
    Politicians fighting for the Middle Class WILL BE OVER-OVER!!!!

    This nations is being robbed by the Rich-Mostly Republicans and
    their Rich friends.!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Don

    Same ol same ol

    September 18, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Josh in TN

    I will never watch wrestling again if this repuke wins.

    September 18, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Travis

    Mickey Mouse could beat Dodd.

    September 18, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Jake

    is she running Republican to protect her millions of dollars? you know the GOP loves their wealthy tax breaks!

    September 18, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. BOB J.

    He is obviously a poster boy for steroids!

    September 18, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Hank in Seattle

    Glad to hear one of the world's largest purveyors of stupidity has decided that public office is for her. It's a good thing PT Barnum isn't alive or he'd run.

    September 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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