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. Congress IS the WWE, aren't they

    Well she'll probably fit right in - isn't that what Congress does? Give you fake action and take your money?

    September 18, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Spirit of America

    Money is making a mockery of elections and turning them into auctions. All election campaigns, like the elections themselves, should be publicly funded.

    September 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Jessie

    I knew that this woman had to be a Republican before I read the article, and I don't even know them.

    September 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    Well any citizen has a right to run for office in America. It is usually thosw who can buy their way in who get anywhere in all spheres. This lady may have good business sense, but then she is a profit-driven CEO of a rather worthless financial entity. What exactly, besides comic entertainment or Roman Games throw-backs, does this firm even offer? Might we try to feed the hungry, provide homes, end wars, alleviate dis-ease for billions on our way to ending wars for profits or economic advantage? My apologies if this lady and family are giving to meet altruistic goals. If you are just another Republican who wants to cause further harm to the working poor, immigrants, middle class or our suffering human victims of greed, our children, THEN please stay with Wall street and leave Main Street in the capable hands of someone who cares about us for a Change! Peace

    September 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Tim

    Which state? Hopefully not anywhere out here in the west!

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

    Sorry thought this was a strange comment for someone who filed bankruptcy, "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."

    I sympathize with people that are truly in dire straights but not overly impressed with her financial prowess in order for her to be an authority on government budgeting.

    September 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Carol

    Yeah, I bet she knows all about the plight of the average American. The WWF (old WWE) was a multimillion dollar business for Vince McMahon 25 years ago when I took my boys to see the shows. Her sincerity is as phony as the so-called sport they promote.

    September 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. yuri

    That 'll be a tough fight to do and watch. Dodd! you'd better deliver, dude! Don't let her Repub. reputation frighten you. Beat her in her own game.

    September 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Andy H

    The McMahon's are scum, fitting she is running under a Republican ticket

    September 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Never a low-life disgusting democrat!

    This woman isn't any more phone then the demo comis attempting to run this country as we speak.

    September 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. DJ

    Wresting is not even a real sport. Typical Republican that believes the earth is flat, WWE is real, don't need an education, don't need to have all your teeth or insurance.

    September 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Jim In Arkansas

    Another phoney entering politics. Maybe her money will help her.

    September 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Joe

    So.... the Republicans are trying to put another individual in office based upon fame and name recognition alone?? What a shocker.

    Lets see, entire livelihood based upon fake actions, business is about lots of talk and hype and no real accomplishment, her business focuses on pre-teens and those who share a preteen mentality, and although she cannot handle her own finances (self admittedly once bankrupt)... yet she plans on putting that "fiscal responsibility" to use in Washington.

    Well at least she has the M.O. of a Republican. Good luck against Dodd.

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

    Reminds me of that loser actor that became president....Ronald something?

    September 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Debi

    I heard the best quote a few days ago: " You can't reorganize the villiage to suit the village idiot".

    I think the republican's are becoming the village idiots and the democrats are reorganizing the village to suit the villiage idiot.

    September 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. kate

    If Al Franken can win a senate seat then anybody can be a senator.

    "Because gosh darn it, people like me" – from Al's SNL skit.

    September 18, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Charmain

    Oh she's lovely and very qualified. She has a proven track record of misrepresenting reality (WWE), reckless spending (personal bankruptcy) and shirking responsibility (blame the libs). She'll cheerdo nicely thank you. Bless her heart!

    September 18, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. mjm

    I'd like to have someone in the senate who knows how to turn a profit. Heaven forbid we should actually make money instead of spending it.

    The only profit democrats like is the Profit Obama.

    September 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Kev

    Put her and Palin in the wrestling ring. Loser is the one who breaks a nail or heel first.

    Better yet, have a contest to see who is the first one to point out the North American continent on a slow spinning globe of the earth.

    September 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Jane/Seattle

    To Steve(the real one): Yes, Dems have been part of the financial problems, Dodd, Biden, et al. But, NO, they did not say loan to anyone, even bad credit risks, as many are saying here and elsewhere. It has been the de-regulation of all sheres of this capitalistic culture that has caused this issue. Creating bubbles that burst after the feeding frenzies IS the True problem. Many complicit politicians in the service to Big Bidness are guilty of creating and allowing these excesses to blow up in our collective faces. Al Franken is much more qualified than this lady to give service to this country. Yes, he is funny, but as one of his listeners for some time, he has done his work to study and know what he must do for us to re-elect him again. Please see this forest for the trees. Yes, i also think many need to retire from government as they are way too cozy (Paid For) with those they need to regulate. We do have one corrupted system and all are guilty for allowing and participating in it! Peace

    September 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Hugo

    Does the idiot liberal mass not see the parallelism between this lady that built an empire in the entertainment industry with her husband and Al Franken, the bozo comedian writer for SNL? Hmmmmmm, the hypocrisy continues.

    September 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. DeeBee

    She was the CEO of a corporation that, to this day, fights any sort of regulation aimed at the protection of its workers, despite recent high profile deaths of its employees due to uncontrolled job related activity. She oversaw lax enforcement of the rules because, in the end, it meant more money in her pocket. Sounds like a perfect Republican.

    September 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Sean

    erm.... isn't she a celebrity? oh.... Brat Pitt is an unacceptable celebrity because he's a democrat, but not running for election, and she is acceptable... because she's republican.... nice.

    September 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    She should run for President. She has managed a multi million dollar enterprise that cross economic and racial lines. Negotiated tough contracts and policies. Provided health care for hundreds of employees, and probably holds true to her convictions. Obama has done none of these.

    September 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Jack in Florida

    She is real qualified.........CEO of smoke and mirrors.......wrestling is so real!!!

    September 18, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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