October 1st, 2010
08:23 PM ET
9 years ago

War of words in Connecticut Senate race

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Connecticut is seizing on remarks made by his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon that seemed to suggest she would consider lowering the minimum wage.

Richard Blumenthal's campaign launched a new ad Friday charging that McMahon "took home $46 million dollars, and now she's talking about lowering the minimum wage."

In the ad, which also goes after McMahon's tenure as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, a narrator says, "Linda McMahon has always put herself, and her profits, first."

McMahon's campaign was quick to respond.

"Dick Blumenthal is a lifelong politician who has no idea how to create jobs…We know he's a fighter, the problem is he's fighting for higher taxes and more government," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in a statement.

The ad comes less than 24 hours after McMahon told reporters she thought "we need to review how much it ought to be, and whether or not we ought to have increases in the minimum wage."

McMahon made the comments at a contentious press conference Thursday after accepting the endorsement of the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

When asked if she supported the NFIB's opposition to minimum wage increases, McMahon said in part, "I think all of the business plans that are being put forward in government today we need to review and make sure what those consequences are."

But reporters pressed further, eventually asking McMahon if she thought the minimum wage should be reduced.

To that, McMahon responded, "I think we ought to look at all of those issues in terms of what mandates are being placed on businesses and can they afford them. I think we should get input from our business community. We should listen to our small business operators and we should hear what it is they have to say and how it's impacting their businesses and make some of those decisions."

Local media jumped on the answer, saying McMahon's comments indicate that she is open to lowering the minimum wage.

But her campaign hit back, arguing that reporters had misinterpreted McMahon's answers.

"It's impossible to accept the spin that a handful of reporters are putting on this without changing the definition of the word 'review.' That word is not one in the same with 'cut," McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said in an e-mail.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that McMahon trails Blumenthal 49 to 46 percent among likely voters, a sign that Blumenthal's once comfortable lead continues to shrink. The winner of the November election will hold the seat of retiring Democratic Senator Chris Dodd who chose not to run for reelection.

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Republican plan to create jobs: give tax cuts to the rich AND rob poor people of their wages. 'Sure, we will give you a job, as long as you don't expect to be paid.'

    October 2, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. WildBill

    I wonder if either of them would take minimum wage as a senator until we balance to US budget? They are sure rich enough to to see what those that live on minimum have to work with each week. I bet when they get their checks(those political bozo who are running for offie) then run to the bank to get more money out of their mega bank accounts.

    October 2, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |

    This womans ideas of lowering the minmum wage for all across this country doesn't suprise me one bit in the least. For in my personal estimation that is all the the entire republican party is all about an what this entire recession/depression has been about from the very start an that has been the suppression of the working classes wages in this country with regards to their human rights, workplace rights, civil rights, an constitutional rights along with the supression of wages from any an all coporate instrest just in order to help make this country a third world country with lower wages in the same areas as that in china of only pennys per hr this is what the entire republican party is working to completely destroy in this country . to the point that it will continue to be a country of the rich for the rich by the richest thank you

    October 2, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. katiec

    CNN, where are your headlines about the One Nation gathering??
    When it was the tea party and Beck that is all we saw for days.
    As usual, your extreme bias is showing.

    October 2, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. jerry

    Democrats in CT MUST paid for what DODD did, so as a independent voter,
    Since DODD choose not to run, then Blumenthal will pay for DODD’S past mistakes,
    my vote will go against DODD and OBAMA, too bad for you Blumenthal.

    October 2, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. ramtruck2500

    Ya misinterpreted, you gotta love that one. She also likes the Gingrich we all can do with less. People who want these freeks are indeed nuts!

    October 2, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Tom

    Only in America could an individual who's sole business experience is running an entertainment company that employs few (most of the individuals are wrestlers under contract) portray themselves as having the skills to know how to create jobs. Prior to WWE, she was a secretary in a law firm. Proves 46 MILLION can buy anything.

    October 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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