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. Cromwell

    It shouldn't surprise anybody that McMahon is a Republican.

    The Republican Party operates very much like Pro Wrasslin.

    September 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    To be PROGRESSIVE, you left wing nuts look back alot, just not far back enough! Ever hear of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac? That was a gift from the DEMOCRATS! You can thank Clinton, Dodd ,and Frank for that song and dance . What did you expect when you force banks to give mortgages to folks who could NEVER repay them? Yes Bush Gave us TARP 1 (in my option, bad policy), HOWEVER, exactly why aren't you ranting and raving about the piling on (brought to you by the CURRENT adminstration)! You silence on that make you appear to be "NADLESS".

    September 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. nanbar

    I think her wrestling background will fit in nice with the Republicans. This just keeps getting more funny. I keep thinking the Republican party can't look worse but then...

    September 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Mark


    We need more businesswomen in congress. Congrats.

    As per the Dems saying its foolish, didn't the Senate just get AL FRANKIN !?!?!?

    So, please I believe she is MUCH MORE QUALIFIED THAN SEN. AL FRANKIN !

    September 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Minnesotan

    She'd be GREAT for the Republican Party: She's another narcissist who can't acknowledge the disaster and economic failures the Republicans gave us while in power. She also seems to possess the delusional qualities that Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin exude, refraining from any semblance of reality. But I wonder: Can she trump the insanity of "Death Panels" and "Birth Certificates?"

    September 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another clown joins the GOP circus!

    September 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Reggie

    Sen Dodd needs to go! He's been in the senate far too long and has too many special interests. Not sure if this woman is the answer, tho.

    September 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom

    Looks like the far-right-haters are out this morning!

    GOP= hate, lies, fear and division.

    September 18, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Jim

    She would be quite a representative of the republican core base because of the wrestling background. it's violent, loud, obnoxious, rude and totally phony. Hmmm. Has anyone noticed just how 'white' wrestling is? She would be perfect. The uneducated redneck sheep will lineup to buy tickets to her show. God help the USA.

    September 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Bed time for Raygun

    She should have Limbaugh wrestling against him,I would pay to see that,haha.Im just waiting for Limbaugh to have the big one.

    September 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So Dems let's see, 7 Democratic Senators voted to keep funding ACORN and their child prostitution rings and a comedian is one of the Senators from MN; do you really want to talk about who's qualified and who's not?

    September 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Jesse

    "We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal." –
    Carl Bernstein

    September 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. andrewstl

    she can join the rest of the fakes and frauds of the gop[

    September 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. ron

    If you don't like what Dodd is doing, why vote in a republican who does not represent the people. They are strong armed by the religious right and the likes of dick (I torture) cheney and rush(I'm full of crap) limpballs.

    September 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    Chris Dodd has been instrumental in keeping our nation mired in recession. McMahon took a Saturday morning freakshow and turned it into a massive entertainment empire. Who would I rather see spending my money? Hint: It isn't Dodd.

    September 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. John

    Folks are willing to waste their hard earned dollars on her form of entertainment. Why would anyone think they won't spend their vote on the same entertainment? The GOP is obviously desperate for candidates. First a beauty queen, now a wrestling queen. Has P.T. Barnum been born again?

    September 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. diridi

    You Republican ...dying from lack of insurance....John Boener, Mitch Mcnnoll..and This idiot wyami Senator another Republican health care with public optio; for USA..........

    September 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. johnathan

    WWF antics make current GOP modis operandi seem civilized.

    September 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. RAG

    Think again. Carnie trash is not material for the US Senate.

    September 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Marshall

    I have come to believe that we are a country filled with hate. I am truly ashamed

    September 18, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Alan

    She's PERFECT for the position. A millioniare AND wrestling executive. That will go after BOTH of the GOP's remaining bases. Hey - maybe she'll even arrange some ring-time for Palin!

    September 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Dave C - NJ

    If Linda was running as a Dem, you rGOP hypocrits would be saying the same thing as us: not qualified.

    All you can do is scream about ACORN. lol. (Which by the way I agree should have funding cut, but the comparision is that of McDonalds workers selling don't shut down the entire company for acts of it's employees.)

    September 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Kris D., Toronto

    How can somebody who's delcared bankruptcy sit there with a straight face and talk about reckless spending? Reckless spending is cutting taxes and starting wars. At least when Dems implement policy it's paid for one way or another.

    Republicans increase spending and cut revenue and wonder why the country is in so much in debt. Gets these folks a bloody calculator!

    September 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Dave C - NJ

    I love how the conservative goons on here are pointing at Al Franken. No one thinks Al Franken was qualified either. I would have voted for the independant in that race.

    September 18, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Hat Trick

    Yes, Mrs. McMahon, could not afford mortgage for her million dollar mansion. Yes, she knows how the middle class is getting by. NOT

    September 18, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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