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. Steve (the real one)

    All you lefties who blather on that she is not qualified. Just remember your party recently elected a man who is an unfunny (Sorry Stuart, everybody does NOT like YOU!) comedian and failed radio personality! You have a s many kazillionaires in Congress as the GOP! But yet it is only the rich GOP that is of of touch? Really??
    You whine that wrestling is not real (do you not understand the term entertainment?) How real was your beloved Stuart Smalley?

    September 18, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. Haas

    Doesn't it seem that all of these crazies are Republicans? What makes her qualified to be a Senator? The Republicans have left the reservation.

    September 18, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. vette gal

    Oh great! Another millionaire republican running for office that knows nothing about the daily struggles the middle class is going through. I'd love to see Dodd get booted out, just not replaced by another rich republican.

    September 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Enough

    Anyone is better than Dodd. Would love to see what Moron would vote for Dodd.

    September 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Never a democrat...

    This is not what the Republicans need either.

    September 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    She can't be any worse than what is in DC now!

    September 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Carl Justus

    That is great, now we can have a republican that not only hollers at the president in press conferences she can try to take him down with a head lock.

    September 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. TKe

    She should run for the GOP VP bid during the next presidential campaign. I'm sure she's at least as qualified as Palin.

    September 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. OneWiseGuy

    Fits right in with the nut jobs in the GOP!

    September 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Carlos

    Let's get ready to RUMBLE! I love it!

    September 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Chris

    Why not elect a successful business woman to office? The Dems obviously have no problems electing comedians and community organizers!

    September 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. RH

    It's so easy to pander to the nuts you really can't blame her. Why shouldn't she want to get in on all the choice government action?

    September 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Andi

    Wow. She doesn't think her 'antics' will have an effect? Really? Like the right doesn't drag out stuff people have done in the past? The left does, as well, but the GOP and Beck/Limbaugh have developed it into an art form. McCarthyism at its best, I suppose. As an intelligent voter, I find that repulsive.

    September 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. deb

    Reckless spending in the White House?? Look who is talking! She declared bankruptcy. Wouldn't you say "reckless spending"??? Give me a break!

    September 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Angie in PA

    Great Violence for the Violent Gop This is what the Gop Lokks like these days folks! SAD And Pathetic

    September 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Russel in LA

    For all the nay-sayers here, exactly how is this ANY different from the former SNL comedian Al Franken running for, and winning, one of the two Minnesota Senate seats??? *crickets...crickets*. Oh, here's a thought, ones an actor and the other is a business woman. Just on those merits alone, who is more qualified?

    September 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Jerad

    You know everyone on here has some bad comment to put. About its not Obamas fault and the reckless spending and blah blah blah....Congratulations Linda. I wish you the best of luck on your goals. People are so rude when it come's to others decisions. Hell, she can't do any worse that what is already going on in Congress.

    September 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Danny

    She is a perfect choice to compliment the current bunch of GOP congressmen: Loud, obnoxious, and theatrical. She'll fit in just fine!

    September 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Shes all about the bottom line,just like Rush Limbaugh.Money is the key to a good friendship,just ask Jerry Jones,the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.His good friend,Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia,the richest Muslim in the world has a 500.000 dollar box at the new stadium.Its ok to be a muslim as long as your rich.hahaha

    September 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. 'coiny'

    Well, she can't win an election if she's a republican. She should run 3rd party. Republicans are going nowhere, but down.....,

    September 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Roy

    Give the crook Chris Dodd the piledriver!

    September 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Come now, you Republicans throwing around the "socialist" label. Your cynicism is showing.

    Socialism is a redherring!

    Republicans can fool some of the people some of the time, but it's become apparent that most Republicans can be fooled all of the time.

    September 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Ron S. Girardau

    There may be many detriments in the political scene, BUT this
    moron would be well over the top.

    September 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Bed time for Raygun

    But can she dance like the Texas exterminator?Now that takes talent.

    September 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Proud Member..Party of No

    All these negative comments coming from the party that gave us Al Franken? Give me a break.....Chris Dodd is the poster child of the corrupt, sleazy politician.

    September 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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