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

McMahon says WWE antics not a liability to Senate run

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. noname

    U got to be serious, what is she going to give the smack down if you don't vote for her?

    September 18, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. j

    Republican fiscac conservatism ??? Look at what happened during 2000-2008 and tell me they aren`t hipocrites.

    September 18, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. windrider

    Swell, yet another non-qualified candidate for Congress. Almost two-thirds of the members of Congress are NOT qualified for their primary job, that of LAWMAKERS. That's right, their number one job is to write and pass laws. Common sense dictates that lawmakers be lawyers but most are not. Now another entertainment mogol who couldn't manage her own substantial finances thinks she's qualified to be a Senator and there are probably a substantial number of numbnuts who will agree.

    September 18, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. from the middle

    Aren't all politicians entertainers? What's the big deal about the previous occupation?

    September 18, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. REG

    Maybe this race should be settled.....IN A STEEL CAGE MATCH LOL

    September 18, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Prospering Pete

    So repubs are dumb and/or wakos, but you probably know nothing about this woman (how dumb could she really be to go from nothing to become a successful millionaire? – what do you do for a living?), and I guess you all think that Al Franken is perfectly sane. Way to go.

    By the way Decano, the government IS like a business! you have an influx of money (Taxes) and you spend money. I would argue that you need good business people to run it efficiently (any other business would fail with what we have today). So here we are, trillions in debt, sold to China, with super inflation on the way, and more grandiose spending planned. But keep those printing presses rolling, we need more monopoly money... sigh.

    September 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Dan

    I'd like to see her wrestle old man Dodd.

    September 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |

    GOSH!!! That means ANYBODY can run for public office, like Sarah

    Just like Jesse Ventura, make a BIG FAT PAYCHECK in U.S. Politics,
    then leave the USA to live in another country. Then, still puts his two
    cents, like big fat mouth, in U.S. politics.

    Thanks, but no thanks to the likes of Jesse and whats her name?

    The rich file for bankruptcy because they couldn't handle their millions,
    and come out with more millions, because, we, the Americans, paid
    their debt. NO THANKS. to another NON-THINKING, NON CARING
    REPUBLICAN. They only care about lining their own pockets!!!!!

    We need people that aren't out for themselves, only themselves to
    run our Government. WE AMERICANS , thru CNN and MSNBC
    have truly seen how our government works, thru TOTAL GREED,
    Expose and get rid of all that have received millions from lobbiests
    that are trying to stop Health Care.

    And this woman! Do ya think she cares about Health Care or do ya
    think she thinks about her wallet???? The Republicans are a total
    shame to our society.

    September 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Ken

    Debi, you have hit the nail SQUARELY on the head.

    And for all you rightwing dimwits squawking endlessly about Franken, he will out-legislate any of the neo-tards YOU elected into the Senate. The guy is smart, and he's there to do the people's business. Do you really think McConnell, Hatch, Coburn, {McMahon?} and their ilk are there to do the people's business?.....really?.....are you actually that stupid?....I just thought it was part of the [R] playbook.....

    September 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. New Era

    It'll be a steel cage debate. I can see McMahon coming out of the crowd to get the tag to debate.

    September 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Arizonian

    CEO one of those over paid CEO's so will you be okay with Corporations putting their hands out and not WE THE PEOPLE that need help while in the meantime looking for a job, god you reTHUGlicans have no shame.

    September 18, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Sarah

    So...someone who lost a house and cars and credit cards because of reckless spending wants to come to Washington to help fix reckless spending?? i just don't understand how that is going to work...

    September 18, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Ron

    Humorous considering this is coming from a family who has exploited individuals that have very little money and a limited education.

    September 18, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Frank Lee

    Another brain-dead republican enters the fray.


    Palin/McMahon '12

    September 18, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. AmyR

    And of course, WWE is one of those companies that doesn't offer their workers health insurance. All of the wrestlers / superstars are non-union contract employees who receive no benefits.

    September 18, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. adam peart

    Forget McMahon, PETER SCHIFF 2010! Only Schiff knows the economic straits we're in right now with the right solutions to get us out of it! McMahon should stick with scantily clad bimbos and "roided" muscle heads.

    September 18, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. RepublicanturnedDemocrat

    This will never happen. She will never win. She does not have a chance. She will lose and she will lose any credibility and will weaken her party.

    Come on people. We need serious, intelligent, and motivated people to inspire our country.

    I am an ex republican because of this stuff. Arnold was enough for me.

    September 18, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. MichaelSC

    8 years under Bush2 of spending spending and spending.
    Before 12years under Reagan and Bush1 of spending spending and spending.

    Yes, The Republican party truely is the party of the fiscally responsible.
    They are really fiscally responsible in putting money into their own pockets.

    Sad things is, that the Democrats aren't that much better.
    How about Lawyers out of Washington?

    September 18, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Allen in Hartwell GA

    "...I've been watching what's going on," she said "The mounting debt that we have..., reckless spending going on in Washington, and I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch anymore."
    Yea. She wants to get in on the spending. Too much of our tax money is being spent on our country, and like a good Republican she wants more of it to go into someone's pockets.

    September 18, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. SCOT

    He should fit right in with today's Republican party. A guy who arranges completely fictitious events for public consumption and lives in a make believe world.

    September 18, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. calle

    This is all ARNOLD'S fault. They say that "As California Goes, So Goes the Rest of the Country." Why Californians, why did you do this to us. Look what's running now!!!

    September 18, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. JonDie

    And Republicans criticize Al Franken for being a comedian?

    WWF is for morons.

    September 18, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Billy

    Why is she no longer CEO???

    September 18, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Chris75

    I would like to see Bart Simpson RUN

    September 18, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Ron

    Way to go Mr. and Mrs. McMahon,whip those cream puff Democrats!

    September 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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