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Candidate Linda McMahon

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon discusses her candidacy for the Republican nomination in Connecticut's US senate race.

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Comments [45]

hjs from 11211

rob
maybe both but mostly under funded IMO

Feb. 16 2010 03:02 PM
Rob from The Bronx

hjs from 11211,
Does that fact mean that education is not well funded or rather that it is improperly funded and resources are not well allocated? It may even be a combination of both.

Feb. 16 2010 12:47 PM
hjs from 11211

uos,
education is not well funded and is clearly not a priority, as indicated by low showing of US students compared to the other G7 nations.

Feb. 16 2010 11:40 AM
DickeyFuller from Washington, DC

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Wow. She was really horrible. It was absolutely excruciating to listen.

Every single statement was right off of Fox News.

Is there not a Republican who has his/her own thought stream? Do they know any words other than "tort reform", "across the board tax cuts", and "small government"? Can they think outside of that box??

I guess she's hoping and praying that Palin will bestow her blessing -- thus the weak reasoning. (Brian asked that we remain civil so I'll leave it at that.)

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Feb. 16 2010 11:23 AM
Uos from Queens

public education is very well funded ~_~

Feb. 16 2010 11:21 AM
hjs from 11211

Vinny
"Where do these people come from?" america. these are our country men.
anyone see amazing race sunday? the country is full of uneducated people, we can thank 30 years of reaganism/the defunding of public education.

Feb. 16 2010 11:15 AM
Edward from NJ

To Lawrence Scott

I often share your frustration when these candidate interviews are nothing more than talking points broken up by the occasional question. But in Brian's defense, I now have an excellent idea who Linda McMahon is and what she represents. Isn't that really the point?

Feb. 16 2010 11:09 AM
john from upper west side

with all the realy important issues to discuss what difference does hammering WWF/WWE and sexual content have to do with helping to legislate,unless we include the music, movie and TV pop culture.Ga,Ga,Ga, gag now on a sport that probably promotes phisical fitness,gymnastics, acting skills and an attempt to include women in the sport.

Feb. 16 2010 11:01 AM
Steve from Red Bank NJ

Wow! Very impressive, fresh origional ideas. I answered every question asked her before she did, and got them all right. Pathetic.

Feb. 16 2010 10:56 AM
Lawrence Scott from NYC

To Brian

It is a very good thing to have the local candidates on. My complaint. Why so short, 15 minutes, please. And you really don't ask hard question, so the interviews are just a bunch of wet noodles. Try some facts on these wantabe candidates. How easy to say small gov, cut taxes, etc. You have a platform use it please Brian.

Feb. 16 2010 10:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Oh god, I hope she doesn't win. You sure got that right Vinny.

Feb. 16 2010 10:52 AM
Shashi from Manhattan

Yeah, Linda McMahon, voice of Yankee thrift and common sense, huh?

Feb. 16 2010 10:50 AM
JP from NJ

Funny, her company sells sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll for poor folk. But her campaign sells white picket fences and health care for nice rich white folk only….

Feb. 16 2010 10:49 AM
Vinny_G from The Upper West Side

Another Sarah Palin type to appeal to the same idiots who vote against their own interests and
support stupid entertainment and social fear and
bigotry. Where do these people come from?

Feb. 16 2010 10:49 AM
lynne from CT

How would she reach across the aisle right now? How would she compromise right now?

Feb. 16 2010 10:48 AM
CL

Ugh! She and her "global brand" are laughable, at best.

Feb. 16 2010 10:48 AM
RLewis from bowery

Since you've looked the other way on steriod abuse for decades, what is the first thing that you will look the other way on if elected?

Feb. 16 2010 10:47 AM
Ferd from Upper West Side

So she wants smaller government and doesn't want to tell people that they must have health insurance. Fine. So, can we assume that these people will decline treatment when they are sick, will not utilize emergency rooms and ambulance services and if they do will pay with cash? A true leader this woman, listen to the nitwits and give them what they want, don't under any circumstances lead!

Feb. 16 2010 10:44 AM
Shashi from Manhattan

What would Linda say to the previous segment callers who can no longer afford their health insurance since this is the "less government interference" she prefers?

Feb. 16 2010 10:44 AM
Andrew from hackensack

Less government, squack, less government, squack, less government, squack... Linda wants a cracker. What does "less government" mean?

Feb. 16 2010 10:44 AM
David H from Bklyn, NY

How sad, Mrs. M. You really seem to speak for corporate America, not "the people".

Feb. 16 2010 10:43 AM
Ben from Brooklyn

She doesn't believe that government should require health insurance because "her CT residents push back" on government requirements.

So I guess if she wins the Governorship, then she'll remove that ornery requirement that drivers have to buy auto insurance as well?

Feb. 16 2010 10:43 AM
Jesse

Can you cite said "mixed science" please?

Feb. 16 2010 10:42 AM
Edward from NJ

If I buy a super-inexpensive insurance plan from a company in -- say -- Kansas, but my doctor and hospitals here in New Jersey won't take that plan, have I saved money?

Feb. 16 2010 10:42 AM
Nils

Ms. McMahon,

You say that as a politician you respect the need to compromise, but as a Republican you need to adhere to certain core principals. Assuming Democrats feel similarly, how do you propose our congressional leaders of today and the future square this circle? Isn't the meaning of compromise giving in on certain of your principals in exchange for the other side doing the same? Brian just pointed out that the Democrats have done this, yet Republicans don't ever budge at all and then cry foul that the Democrats are being partisan. If that's not textbook Orwellianism, I don't know what is. How do you propose ending this problem? How would you lead the Republican party into a place where they are willing to compromise for real? To participate in actuality in bipartisanship?

Feb. 16 2010 10:41 AM
Susan Schneider from Chatham, NJ

I am so sick of hearing the GOP script lines about how the proposed healthcare plan was one sided because the Dems shut the GOP out. Don't revise history, don't portray the extreme partisan republicans as not having removed themselves. Also such a smart businessperson should be able to acknowledge the fundamental principal of risk sharing in mandating that everyone carry insurance. You must by auto insurance; you must pay taxes. You're going to have to buy health insurance.

Feb. 16 2010 10:41 AM
Ed from Brooklyn

She isn't saying anything. And yet again, every single critique that the Right comes up with against healthcare reform points towards Single Payer. It is only their ideology that blinds them. Imagine if employers, large and small, were relieved of the burden of buying insurance from "for profit" companies.

As a self employed individual who cannot afford insurance, these people sicken me. Tort reform..... please. That and unicorns will save us all.

Feb. 16 2010 10:41 AM
Katie Kennedy from Huntington, NY

"Smaller Government!" Ha. That means, America, you're on your own--no health care, no social security, no help for college tuition...--NO HELP. Oh, wait--help for the rich with tax cuts.

Feb. 16 2010 10:40 AM
Lawrence Scott from NYC

Just how does she expect to reduce taxes and pay for all the wars and our debt. It is so easy say cut taxes. So my question does she now how much the defense budget is and how much the education budget is?

As for healthcare she msut know that almost 50% of healthcare si now gov runned. Let she if she knows her facts please.

Feb. 16 2010 10:40 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Thanks, Mr. Lehrer, for challenging McMahon on her lies about bipartisanship.

McMahon sounds like a perfect cookie-cutter right-winger.

Barbie Goes to Washington.

Feb. 16 2010 10:39 AM
Uos from Queens

wow. she's a walking GOP talking point..

yeah, that across the board tax cut sounds great.. billionaire bankers really need some help :D

Feb. 16 2010 10:39 AM
Ken in Brooklyn from Park Slope

Linda, how do you square your record of promoting a corporation that does its best to hide the fact that it's phony with your claim to want an open government.

Feb. 16 2010 10:38 AM
Gabriel from NYC

This country is not a corporation. Running it as such does not work. The first CEO President seems to have proven that.

Brian. Its a Democratic Bill not a Democrat's Bill. Has the right successfully changed the name of the Democratic Party? Brian you would say a Republican Bill why didn't you say a Democratic Bill? Language is important.

Feb. 16 2010 10:38 AM
hjs from 11211

RLewis
yes on smaller government, which programs will she cut. (how much would that "save") no more reducing taxes without cuts!

Feb. 16 2010 10:37 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Reduce taxes, reduces taxes, reduce taxes.....

Are the Republicans capable of any demands beyond this?

Why not just eliminate all taxation?

Why not ask Linda McMahon why she thinks we pay taxes as all?

Feb. 16 2010 10:36 AM
Alex from Queens

Should it matter that you ran the WWF/WWE for many years? Should it be viewed as simply a job, a well done job at that, or should we look more closely at both the positive aspects (jobs created, taxes paid) and the entertainment created (horrible storyline and sexual content)?

Feb. 16 2010 10:32 AM
Terri from Brooklyn

You've been a corporate executive; how will you make the adjustment to work as one among a hundred senators?

Feb. 16 2010 10:32 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Just how much "cost-control" did McMahon and her husband do on their personal compensation or on the comp for their nepotistic treatment of their kids at WWE?

Feb. 16 2010 10:31 AM
RLewis from bowery

Can you please ask this woman: what the top 3 things she would make smaller in Govt.?

Feb. 16 2010 10:31 AM
Brian Solomon from Fairfield

I worked for Linda for seven years. She has a great head for business, and is very serious about political issues as well. She has been involved in voter outreach through WWE for years. She is another example of a successful businessperson who can contribute much in the political arena, a la Mike Bloomberg.

Feb. 16 2010 10:30 AM
Alex from NYC

Linda-
Who do you think was a better wrestler in their prime, Brett the Hitman Hart or Shawn Michaels?

Feb. 16 2010 10:29 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

McMahon is one of the scary candidates this season.

She's of a kind with Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman (both in California) -- both of whom have made the most awful comments.

One of McMahon's absurd commercials has her saying something like "We all know what happens" when the government gets involved.

So she is part of the right-wing "government is always the enemy" obscenity.

She's a Barbie doll former arm-candy for her brute of a husband.

Feb. 16 2010 10:28 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

From now on Brooklyn Jim [2], the producers of the Brian Lehrer show will contact you to get your approval of the guests, to make certain that they agree with your belief system. This way, you will be spared having to hear other people's opinions and they can stop calling Public Radio, but call it Brooklyn Jim's Radio.

Free speech is a useless concept if all you get to hear is what you already believe. Not to mention all research discussed recently on both Brian and Lopate's show about how people on both side of the political spectrum literally cannot hear opinions they disagree with (or actually hear opinions from people they THINK they already disagree with -- rememeber what the Bard said about "strange bedfellows.")

And finally Bklyn Jimbo, do you really believe that the ideas, policies and rhetoric from the left is any less predictable as it is from the right? Pulleeaase! (And I agree with most of what the left says, but that ain't the point!)

Feb. 16 2010 10:16 AM
Brooklyn Jim In Brooklyn from Brooklyn

Ah, here we go again. Brian has thoughtfully allowed another corporate Republican some free air time to tell WNYC listeners that tax cuts for the rich and deregulation of everything are the solution to all of America's problems.

I predict that when Mrs. McMahon feeds Brian a standard GOP talking point like "healthcare reform of any kind is impossible in light of the deficit," Brian, as usual, will just treat it as established fact and let the discussion proceed.

Feb. 16 2010 09:48 AM
George from Bay Ridge

What does Mrs. McMahon think of the Citizens United case from the Supreme Court?

How does Mrs. McMahon recommend we eliminate our budget deficit and foreign debt?

What does Mrs. McMahon think about the health care situation?

Yankees or Red Sox?

Feb. 16 2010 12:35 AM

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