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. Johan

    And exactly what "antics" would she do in such a serious position? Slam someone in the head with a folding chair? If the CEO of Chuck E' Cheese ran for office, would the CNN ticker read "Guys in rat suits and cheap animotronics not a libaility to Senate run"?

    Its sad to see that the fact that she was the active CEO of a wrestling-based company that that has to be a factor in whether or not she's qualified for the position, as if just because its "wrasslin'" it puts her accomplishments in question automatically.

    September 18, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. peter

    I hear Sarah Palin's for hire to help republican candidates with their campaign efforts, please call her!

    September 18, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. arapikos

    No chance Linda, this is not an arena for wrestlers or a quick junkets to a Senate chair, because you were lucky–not skillful in getting your money back–this time.

    September 18, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    Oh why not? The Dem's voted in a clown like Al Franken and of course you have your socialist community organizer in the WH.

    September 18, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Travis

    And this is what the republicans have to offer!!!! And they actually think that they can beat President Obama??????

    September 18, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Rick CT

    Maybe she is mistaking Connecticut for Minnesota. After all they've elected such clowns as Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. Oh, on second thought, we already have Dodd – she could have a chance.

    September 18, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. ccc

    hahahah this lady

    September 18, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Nateer

    Republican Linda McMahon is a total twit. She'll fit right in....Just what Republicans are looking for!!!

    September 18, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. gl, From Pittsburgh

    McMahon also said she is running to reform Washington's "reckless" spending. RECKLESS SPENDING BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 8 YEARS AND WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN>

    No republicans can run on Reckless spending if they didn't speak out against it during the last 8 years. President Obama will still be cleaning up the last 8 years of reckless spending. At least Obama spending is helping out middle class American that Bush forgot about because he was to busy giving away our tax dollars to the greedy CEO'S THAT BANKRUPT THIS COUNTRY.

    McMahon Bankrupt is going to hurt her more then help her.

    September 18, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Its as real as the republican party,hahaha

    September 18, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Dave

    ....and your husband's court case for roids was for entertainment, right Linda? Anybody who has ever seen you on Monday nights will realize that you can not speak effectively. Don't waste the money Linda, you are don'e before you start

    September 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Foreigner that watches? CA

    Is this what the GOP has come to? Wealthy people running for office and ensuring their taxes remain low, while the rest of the 99% remain indentured servants to the nation?

    I would have respect for this lady if she was running for something beside" Go't is taking over"

    Where was she the last 8 years – oh, that's right – if you attack the country then Americans will gladly allow the "gov't to take over"...

    September 18, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. rr

    oh no, we can't have someone who's not a profession politician in Washington!

    We need people who made their millions as Senators and congressmen and are tied to big business. Men like Chris Dodd. Look at all he's done to help bankers and banking CEOS.

    September 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Connie, Indiana

    How come the ones that are screaming about the national debt now sat on their butts with their mouths shut after 8 yrs spending to keep 2 wars going, tax breaks for the rich, etc etc. and now when it comes to the less paid middle class they start screaming..LYING HYPOCRITS

    September 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Jeffrey

    I absolutely believe that Linda McMahon is correct with she states that, "[Voters] enjoy our product." However, I don't think the Connecticutt voters that enjoy WWE are a large demographic, or at least large enough to sail to a victory.

    September 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. gl, From Pittsburgh

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

    THIS STATMENT ALONG JUST LET EVERYBODY KNOW THIS WOMAN IS RIGHT WING NUT! I guest this right wing nut didn't notice Bush reckless spending. Her statement really is very upsetting as if she is blaming President Obama for all the reckless spending that have been going on in this country for the last 8 years.


    September 18, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. JD (South Dakota)

    I think it is funny, how all of sudden people are watching the mounting debt. Hey here is a news flash, the doubt has been mounting for years so I think both parties need to quit pointing the finger at who did what because in my opinon both parties suck. And although I am not a huge Obama supporter I think it is lame to try and pin the national debt on a guy who has been in office for only 9 months. At least he is talking about spending the money in areas where over the long run there will be some savings. I am feed up with the Democratic Party, the Republican party, the Independent Party, how about we have just people that actaully plan on doing what the American voters empower them to do!!! Find some common ground and work the issues instead of trying to play politics.

    September 18, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. Reformed Republican

    Leave it to the rethuglicans to run a "rassler" for US Senate. Now that's the image that'll win some votes!

    It'll work too becasue the "core" of the GOP is nothing but a bunch of crackpot, closet racist evangelicals that think god AND rasslin' are real and that white christians "deserve" to be in charge even if they are not qualified to run a lemonade stand....

    September 18, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. mitchell

    Linda's perfectly qualified for the job, sure the WWE's a joke, but then again, so is Congress.

    September 18, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. laughing

    Fix that trash you are putting on tv that is not even what many old schoolers call rassling. It is not even entertainment! By the way, when did you and your husband file bankruptcy, it was not under Obama watch. So, apparently you had wreckless spending.

    September 18, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Jaime H.

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha .... I needed that laugh.

    September 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. bob in LA

    If he gets ANY votes, it only shows peple don't vote issues or ability and get what they deserve.
    There is nothing- no legal, financial or internaitonal experience to qualify him to make s laws or vote on our financial future.

    September 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. JEAN - ATL

    Just what the GOP needs, more crazies.

    September 18, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |

    I was an advid WWE fan. I am now more of a TNA Fan since Ms. McMahan is a Republican!!!!
    People need to realize that it takes money to make money!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. dick delson

    How about blaming George W. Bush for the economic mess. He is responsible for it.

    September 18, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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