August 11th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
12 years ago

McMahon dismisses Dem attacks on wrestling past

(CNN) – Democrats may be salivating at the opportunity to take on Linda McMahon - the former World Wrestling Entertainment executive who captured Connecticut's GOP Senate nomination Tuesday night – but the ex-wrestling CEO tells CNN she welcomes a fight about her colorful past.

"As my opponents talked more and more about the WWE and issues that may have been relative to programming content ...instead of focusing on the issues, I talked about issues and continued to gain momentum," McMahon told CNN Wednesday morning.

"If my opponents want to talk about soap opera content instead of focusing on issues, I will win again in November," she added.

Democrats have already taken aim at the WWE's controversial programming over the last two decades and revelations of rampant steroid use during the 1990s. But McMahon said it's instead important to focus on the safety checks her multi-million dollar business now has in place.

"The men and women that perform at WWE really are the primary assets of the WWE. And we want to protect them at all costs," she said. "Doctors that travel with them…trainers that travel with them. We have a very comprehensive drug testing program. Let's look at where WWE is today."

McMahon now faces Attorney Gen. Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat with wide name recognition who faced allegations earlier this year of embellishing his military service by saying he had served in Vietnam when he had not. Recent polls suggest Blumenthal is holding a double-digit lead over McMahon.

Filed under: Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. BGJ

    I just hope that she brings a folding chair to the debates....

    August 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Buster

    This lady is a business woman who turned a company from performing in gyms to small crowds into a multi billion dollar company. A successful business person is what is needed in DC not more liberal lawyers who do not know where money comes from and where they send it.

    August 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Patrick

    Crazy lady has a point, Dems. Focus on her right wing wacko stance on the issues instead.

    August 11, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Matt

    I agree, she was in the entertainment business. So was Ronald Regan and he was a pretty good president. The more these political morans complain about their opponents time in SHOW BIZ, the more ground they lose.

    August 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Sniffit

    Soap opera? Her corporation actively encouraged (read: basically made mandatory) steroid use for a long long time in order to increase profit. That's a fantastic indicator of the mindset and values she will bring to office if elected (read: conservative ideological tomfoolery)...particularly with respect to the manner in which giant corporations treat their employees and the public (read: abuse).

    August 11, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Steve

    So, she wants to talk about the issues then launches into how well she ran the can't have it both ways. I do hope the people of Connecticut appreciate what they will get themselves into if they vote a political novice into the Senate. This is certainly turning into the year of the political misfit...I am losing faith in the American voter.

    August 11, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. ed fl

    Enjoy your 15 minutes of political fame . you are and always will be the gal from wrestling and not too much smarts to be part of an official organization that needs to think and add logic to real world buisness and solutions. You can not put on a short skirt and get old men to pay too much attention to what you say or do.

    August 11, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. HappyinVA

    As a Democrat – who cares about her WWE past? She was a co-owner, along with her husband. And as a result of a “colorful past”, she’s right; they have implemented measures to prevent against steroid use and other issues. Look to the NFL or Boxing for examples of other sports that have endured the same issues. Regardless, if the Dems want to win, they need to regroup and attack her on something of more substance.

    August 11, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Dave

    HAHA WWE is a joke!
    I can remember when she was in the ring trying to act like one of them. Anyone can be in office these days. Just look at Palin...

    August 11, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. RG

    I can't wait for the WWE style debates

    August 11, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Mike Mazz

    Im more Lib but I have to agree with her here. Most dont care about the WWE and the crazy programming they have had over the years. If her opponent focuses on that I dont think it will work..not to mention you alienate the tons of fanns the wwe has.

    August 11, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Opal

    I think it would be great to see this woman win in Connecticut. Then we could find out what CEO's in something else besides the techno industry can do. And Linda's right about focusing on the issues instead of the WWE. And if she has improved her side of the WWE, then what's the whine? Besides that, all this political hysteria about what those in sports entertainment do and how to waste time and money on senate investigations of steroid use is really getting to people in the wrong sort of way. Especially during a time of economic depravity. It speaks too much of nanny state, government intrusion and all the things that piss off people and get them to checking out the Tea Party or whatever suits their fancy.

    August 11, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. walter

    Oh those laughable libs. If an actual wrestler can get elected governor, do you honestly believe someone who ran the wrestling organization can't win? Give it up Dems – your turn at bat is over.

    August 11, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. RAG

    Yadda yadda yadda. You're a circus huckster Linda. Go hawk tickets to a freakshow, like the next Tea Party rally...

    August 11, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Chad

    Wow really! This has been a joke since this campaign started!

    August 11, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Charlie

    You know why the Democrats are going after the persons character. As Socrates says – 'When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.'

    August 11, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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