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. John

    Once again the Repugnant Right try to pin the word "spending" on the Dems with out looking at their record of NO fiscal responsibility when they were in power. How does that work? Do they just make believe it didn't happen. Perhaps she should start a new program called Repugnant Fantasy World.... that works.

    September 18, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. U.S. Marine Sergeant

    "... I couldn't sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. I really wanted to get in, to do something." she said....So she opts to run for office for the Republican Party? As if THEY are trying to help people at all! I think members of the GOP are all like WWE superstars; fake, obvious and obnoxious.

    September 18, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Vince and Linda McMahon are steroid peddling scumbags. Perfert for the Republican Party.

    September 18, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. lovable liberal

    Locking up the know-nothing vote early...

    It's really the Republican Party that celebrates the values of celebrity. If it's on TV, it must be valuable.

    September 18, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Vick

    Good for her. At least she has worked and had real life experiences. Too many people in office have never worked a hard day or had any real life experiences.

    September 18, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Kevin Luby

    She might be too ethical for Connecticut

    September 18, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. T

    this is nothing

    September 18, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Jason

    This woman is talking about reckless spenind in Washington in the same breath that she says she and her husband had to declare bankruptcy. Is fiscal responsibility really her strongest issue?

    September 18, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. Brian

    We need more people like this running for office. The career politicians like Dodd are a plight on the country. I will support her. She has proven her metal in the real world!

    September 18, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "..."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..."
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    Wonderful! Another Republican braintrust spewing more of the same old crap that they think people still fall for. I gotta give it to the Rethugs though, when they get a new member they always make sure that they receive the Welcome To Our Agenda Memo, with their antiquated talking-points. Comming from the WWF they'll fit right in with the Tea-baggers' brouhaha crowd.

    September 18, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. John

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHA

    It's not April....?

    This is a serious story?

    WOW

    Just Wow.

    September 18, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. thanks, but no thanks

    Great... Wrestling entertainment CEO will be great for this country. Give me a break. What are her credentials????????

    September 18, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    The "reckless" spending – coupled with all the tax cuts to the wealthy – are how we got into this mess in the first place.

    Don't be fooled, folks. The Republicans want to regain control in Washington so they can accomplish their goal of turning our country into a Third World nation where the top 2% of the wealthy control the vast majority of wealth; 95% of the people live in poverty; and there is virtually no Middle Class.

    Oh, and if the religious "Right" has their way, we'll also have religious police monitoring our private lives.

    September 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Dave C - NJ

    I loe the WWE but Linda is about as qualified as Hulk Hogan.

    September 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. K.C Atlanta

    What has become of this once proud, and great nation, yesterday, macho novice foot-baller annouced his senate running, today an elite billionaire's wife also eyeing the already occupied senate seat by well educated, and competence senate gentleman. What would it be next ?kanye west for congress, Shamefullness.

    September 18, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. We Won Get Over It

    Gee so the policies of the republicans for the last eight years should now be blamed on the Democrats. guess all the wingnuts have to have a reason to HATE.

    September 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Maxwell

    Does this lady have any clue she is going to be challenging Peter Schiff for this position? She has absolutely ZERO chance unless wrestling fans drop their intelligence at the door and she exploits that.

    September 18, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Ok...

    Sure glad she doesn't think they're an issue.

    Let's see whether the voters think they are.

    Personally, I think she'd represent the Republican Party and all that it truly is in all its infinite 'glory.'

    Good luck!

    September 18, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Bill from CA

    This is hilarious and only underscores how few qualified Republicans there are anymore. As a Dodd supporter, I truly hope this woman wins the GOP primary!

    September 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Dave C - NJ

    I love the WWE but Linda is about as qulified as Hulk Hogan.

    September 18, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Norm

    Perfect, just what the part of NO needs! Pair this one with Palin and the other loud and disrespectful Republicans that don't offer any kind of solution, and we can be relatively sure that they will lose more seats in 2010! The GOP needs to get some INTELLIGENT folks to come up with some solutions or they will remain irrelevant to the process.

    September 18, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Lance

    ...another Palin?...why Republicans have to be so mentally empty?...can just ONE come foward with a sense of common sense logic?.....where is Collin Powell??...Jeeeez!!!

    September 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Decano

    Another celebrity who thinks that government is like business...

    September 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Jim

    Seems to miss the irony that on one hand she says she is a successful businesswoman who knows how to run a business, but on the other hand says she had to declare bankruptcy, doesn't sound too successful there.

    September 18, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Ad West

    Well, she'll get the white trash vote in Connecticut. Any contenders that are running on the platform of "Washington Reform" and are also Republicans are a joke in my book. Not saying that democrats are any better, but it's becoming increasingly obvious that reform will only come from an independent that is outside of corporate money.

    September 18, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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