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Interview with Senate Candidate Linda McMahon

By On the Record, On the Record - October 25, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon hoping to smack down Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the next eight days and become the next United States senator from the State of Connecticut. Linda McMahon joins us in Stamford, Connecticut, fresh off the campaign trail. Now, we've also invited Attorney General Blumenthal on the show, and he's always welcome. He has thus far declined.

Good evening.

LINDA MCMAHON, SENATE CANDIDATE, R-CONN.: Good evening, Greta. How are you?

VAN SUSTEREN: I'm very well. How are you? You got a little bit of a smackdown today with the -- Mr. Benoit coming from Canada and holding a press conference. Can you explain what happened and why he came from Canada to hold a press conference? His son, of course, murdered his 7-year-old child and wife a couple years back. He was part of WWE.

MCMAHON: Well, I think that just shows, Greta, it's politics as usual. The Blumenthal campaign paid for Mr. Benoit to come down, put him up in a hotel. And I think it's, you know, clearly an intent to try to be a distraction from the real issues that are facing the people here in Connecticut. You know, the voters in Connecticut are looking for jobs. They're looking for the economy to turn around. And you know, to fly Chris Benoit's father down here for a press conference today is just, you know, pretty -- I think pretty reprehensible.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, the thing that I don't get is that the polls show him with -- Mr. Blumenthal, at least right now, with a sizable lead, so you don't have to, like, you know, reach that far down. And that's something that could backfire on you. So I guess that's what surprised me about it.

MCMAHON: Well, clearly, you know, he's -- he's not -- can't run on his record of creating jobs. He's not done anything, you know, for the economy in Connecticut. And I think he's just trying to be, again, a distraction from the real issues that I hear when I'm all around the state talking to people in our state. They want to go back to work. They want to get our economy back on track. Connecticut's unemployment is 9.1 percent, just slightly below the national average. And we've got to put people back to work in the private sector. And I've been saying that since I got into this race.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why isn't that resonating with the Connecticut voters? The 9.1 percent unemployment -- I mean, why isn't -- you know, why are you having a hard time gaining traction on that issue?

MCMAHON: Well, I think it is resonating with the people in Connecticut. You know, Scott Brown was down 15 points nine days out from the election. And I think this election will be decided on November 2nd. It's tight. It's a horse race. But we're going to be victorious on November 2nd.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think it's different for a woman CEO in a race? I mean, it's sort of interesting in this election season, we have Carly Fiorina, former CEO, and we have Meg Whitman, also a former CEO, rather large companies. You've been a CEO of a large company. I mean, it's sort of a new phenomenon. We're seeing these CEO women. Is the race in any way tilted away from you at all? Is there anything to -- women have a tougher ride or not?

MCMAHON: Well, you know, Richard Blumenthal has been part of the public eye here for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was in the state legislature. So you know, he's got a big head start for recognizability, and I've been playing catch-up, but closing that gap, you know, really fast. And I'm pleased with where we are in the race. And we're just going to keep pedal to the metal all through Tuesday.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, now, you've spent an awful lot of your personal money on this. Explain to me -- a lot of candidates do this who have personal money. Why in the world do they spend a sizable amount of their money for a job with a return of less than $200,000? I mean, I see, you know, lots of these numbers -- $10 million, $20 million, $30 million that people are spending for a $200,000 or less job. Why do you do that?

MCMAHON: Well, I can tell you, Greta, I -- you know, I got in the race just because I was really concerned about where our government was taking our country. And I decided to spend the money I had earned and to not take any PAC or special interest money so I wouldn't owe any favors in Washington. And that's what I've done.

As I said, you know, Richard Blumenthal had a 20-year lead in terms of recognizability. You can imagine if he'd to pay for all the free media he's had over 20 years, it would add up to a lot more than the money I've spent. So I was willing to make that investment to run in this race, and I'm not going to take a salary as a senator. So there's not a return of the salary for me. I'm really going to be a citizen legislator, and I'm willing to, you know, commit my own funds for that.

VAN SUSTEREN: If you should lose this race come election day, why do you think it'll be?

MCMAHON: I do believe it's going to really revolve around voter turnout, and I would encourage all of our voters in Connecticut just to make sure they're getting to the polls, they're talking to their friends and their neighbors and that we have a good voter turnout. We're going to win this, I think, on the ground game. But it's a lot of volunteer effort. It's a lot of door knocking. And so any of those folks that would like to volunteer, we welcome them to the campaign.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, we're going to be watching very carefully because it certainly is an exciting race, your race, as well as many other races across the country. This is one fascinating midterm election. Thank you for joining us, and good luck.

MCMAHON: Thanks so much, Greta.

 

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This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," Oct. 25, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon hoping to smack down Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the next eight days and become the next United States senator from the State of Connecticut. Linda McMahon joins us in Stamford, Connecticut, fresh off the campaign trail. Now, we've also invited Attorney General Blumenthal on the show, and he's always welcome. He has thus far declined.

Good evening.

LINDA MCMAHON, SENATE CANDIDATE, R-CONN.: Good evening, Greta. How are you?

VAN SUSTEREN: I'm very well. How are you? You got a little bit of a smackdown today with the -- Mr. Benoit coming from Canada and holding a press conference. Can you explain what happened and why he came from Canada to hold a press conference? His son, of course, murdered his 7-year-old child and wife a couple years back. He was part of WWE.

MCMAHON: Well, I think that just shows, Greta, it's politics as usual. The Blumenthal campaign paid for Mr. Benoit to come down, put him up in a hotel. And I think it's, you know, clearly an intent to try to be a distraction from the real issues that are facing the people here in Connecticut. You know, the voters in Connecticut are looking for jobs. They're looking for the economy to turn around. And you know, to fly Chris Benoit's father down here for a press conference today is just, you know, pretty -- I think pretty reprehensible.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, the thing that I don't get is that the polls show him with -- Mr. Blumenthal, at least right now, with a sizable lead, so you don't have to, like, you know, reach that far down. And that's something that could backfire on you. So I guess that's what surprised me about it.

MCMAHON: Well, clearly, you know, he's -- he's not -- can't run on his record of creating jobs. He's not done anything, you know, for the economy in Connecticut. And I think he's just trying to be, again, a distraction from the real issues that I hear when I'm all around the state talking to people in our state. They want to go back to work. They want to get our economy back on track. Connecticut's unemployment is 9.1 percent, just slightly below the national average. And we've got to put people back to work in the private sector. And I've been saying that since I got into this race.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why isn't that resonating with the Connecticut voters? The 9.1 percent unemployment -- I mean, why isn't -- you know, why are you having a hard time gaining traction on that issue?

MCMAHON: Well, I think it is resonating with the people in Connecticut. You know, Scott Brown was down 15 points nine days out from the election. And I think this election will be decided on November 2nd. It's tight. It's a horse race. But we're going to be victorious on November 2nd.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think it's different for a woman CEO in a race? I mean, it's sort of interesting in this election season, we have Carly Fiorina, former CEO, and we have Meg Whitman, also a former CEO, rather large companies. You've been a CEO of a large company. I mean, it's sort of a new phenomenon. We're seeing these CEO women. Is the race in any way tilted away from you at all? Is there anything to -- women have a tougher ride or not?

MCMAHON: Well, you know, Richard Blumenthal has been part of the public eye here for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was in the state legislature. So you know, he's got a big head start for recognizability, and I've been playing catch-up, but closing that gap, you know, really fast. And I'm pleased with where we are in the race. And we're just going to keep pedal to the metal all through Tuesday.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, now, you've spent an awful lot of your personal money on this. Explain to me -- a lot of candidates do this who have personal money. Why in the world do they spend a sizable amount of their money for a job with a return of less than $200,000? I mean, I see, you know, lots of these numbers -- $10 million, $20 million, $30 million that people are spending for a $200,000 or less job. Why do you do that?

MCMAHON: Well, I can tell you, Greta, I -- you know, I got in the race just because I was really concerned about where our government was taking our country. And I decided to spend the money I had earned and to not take any PAC or special interest money so I wouldn't owe any favors in Washington. And that's what I've done.

As I said, you know, Richard Blumenthal had a 20-year lead in terms of recognizability. You can imagine if he'd to pay for all the free media he's had over 20 years, it would add up to a lot more than the money I've spent. So I was willing to make that investment to run in this race, and I'm not going to take a salary as a senator. So there's not a return of the salary for me. I'm really going to be a citizen legislator, and I'm willing to, you know, commit my own funds for that.

VAN SUSTEREN: If you should lose this race come election day, why do you think it'll be?

MCMAHON: I do believe it's going to really revolve around voter turnout, and I would encourage all of our voters in Connecticut just to make sure they're getting to the polls, they're talking to their friends and their neighbors and that we have a good voter turnout. We're going to win this, I think, on the ground game. But it's a lot of volunteer effort. It's a lot of door knocking. And so any of those folks that would like to volunteer, we welcome them to the campaign.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, we're going to be watching very carefully because it certainly is an exciting race, your race, as well as many other races across the country. This is one fascinating midterm election. Thank you for joining us, and good luck.

MCMAHON: Thanks so much, Greta.

 

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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon hoping to smack down Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the next eight days and become the next United States senator from the State of Connecticut. Linda McMahon joins us in Stamford, Connecticut, fresh off the campaign trail. Now, we've also invited Attorney General Blumenthal on the show, and he's always welcome. He has thus far declined.

Good evening.

LINDA MCMAHON, SENATE CANDIDATE, R-CONN.: Good evening, Greta. How are you?

VAN SUSTEREN: I'm very well. How are you? You got a little bit of a smackdown today with the -- Mr. Benoit coming from Canada and holding a press conference. Can you explain what happened and why he came from Canada to hold a press conference? His son, of course, murdered his 7-year-old child and wife a couple years back. He was part of WWE.

MCMAHON: Well, I think that just shows, Greta, it's politics as usual. The Blumenthal campaign paid for Mr. Benoit to come down, put him up in a hotel. And I think it's, you know, clearly an intent to try to be a distraction from the real issues that are facing the people here in Connecticut. You know, the voters in Connecticut are looking for jobs. They're looking for the economy to turn around. And you know, to fly Chris Benoit's father down here for a press conference today is just, you know, pretty -- I think pretty reprehensible.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, the thing that I don't get is that the polls show him with -- Mr. Blumenthal, at least right now, with a sizable lead, so you don't have to, like, you know, reach that far down. And that's something that could backfire on you. So I guess that's what surprised me about it.

MCMAHON: Well, clearly, you know, he's -- he's not -- can't run on his record of creating jobs. He's not done anything, you know, for the economy in Connecticut. And I think he's just trying to be, again, a distraction from the real issues that I hear when I'm all around the state talking to people in our state. They want to go back to work. They want to get our economy back on track. Connecticut's unemployment is 9.1 percent, just slightly below the national average. And we've got to put people back to work in the private sector. And I've been saying that since I got into this race.

VAN SUSTEREN: Why isn't that resonating with the Connecticut voters? The 9.1 percent unemployment -- I mean, why isn't -- you know, why are you having a hard time gaining traction on that issue?

MCMAHON: Well, I think it is resonating with the people in Connecticut. You know, Scott Brown was down 15 points nine days out from the election. And I think this election will be decided on November 2nd. It's tight. It's a horse race. But we're going to be victorious on November 2nd.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think it's different for a woman CEO in a race? I mean, it's sort of interesting in this election season, we have Carly Fiorina, former CEO, and we have Meg Whitman, also a former CEO, rather large companies. You've been a CEO of a large company. I mean, it's sort of a new phenomenon. We're seeing these CEO women. Is the race in any way tilted away from you at all? Is there anything to -- women have a tougher ride or not?

MCMAHON: Well, you know, Richard Blumenthal has been part of the public eye here for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was in the state legislature. So you know, he's got a big head start for recognizability, and I've been playing catch-up, but closing that gap, you know, really fast. And I'm pleased with where we are in the race. And we're just going to keep pedal to the metal all through Tuesday.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, now, you've spent an awful lot of your personal money on this. Explain to me -- a lot of candidates do this who have personal money. Why in the world do they spend a sizable amount of their money for a job with a return of less than $200,000? I mean, I see, you know, lots of these numbers -- $10 million, $20 million, $30 million that people are spending for a $200,000 or less job. Why do you do that?

MCMAHON: Well, I can tell you, Greta, I -- you know, I got in the race just because I was really concerned about where our government was taking our country. And I decided to spend the money I had earned and to not take any PAC or special interest money so I wouldn't owe any favors in Washington. And that's what I've done.

As I said, you know, Richard Blumenthal had a 20-year lead in terms of recognizability. You can imagine if he'd to pay for all the free media he's had over 20 years, it would add up to a lot more than the money I've spent. So I was willing to make that investment to run in this race, and I'm not going to take a salary as a senator. So there's not a return of the salary for me. I'm really going to be a citizen legislator, and I'm willing to, you know, commit my own funds for that.

VAN SUSTEREN: If you should lose this race come election day, why do you think it'll be?

MCMAHON: I do believe it's going to really revolve around voter turnout, and I would encourage all of our voters in Connecticut just to make sure they're getting to the polls, they're talking to their friends and their neighbors and that we have a good voter turnout. We're going to win this, I think, on the ground game. But it's a lot of volunteer effort. It's a lot of door knocking. And so any of those folks that would like to volunteer, we welcome them to the campaign.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, we're going to be watching very carefully because it certainly is an exciting race, your race, as well as many other races across the country. This is one fascinating midterm election. Thank you for joining us, and good luck.

MCMAHON: Thanks so much, Greta.

 

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