Linda McMahon on Corporations


We need more business people like me in Washington

Shays repeatedly attacked McMahon's professional wrestling business and "job creator" claims. McMahon, who resigned as WWE's chief executive in 2009, spent much of the debate steering the focus back to her six-point plan for fixing the nation's economy.

McMahon pivoted back to the main thrust of her campaign: that she's the candidate with the business acumen to fix the economy. "We need professionals from different walks of life," she said. "What we don't have in Washington are business people."

Switching to offense, McMahon said she is ready to help fix the country's economic and deficit problems created by longtime politicians such as Shays. "You have been part of the issue of killing jobs, not creating jobs," she said. "What we need to see in Washington are senators who have not been there and been part of the mess that you made."

Source: The Day coverage of 2012 CT Senate debates , Jun 14, 2012

Businesses need regulatory certainty to risk hiring workers

Much of the debate focused on jobs. McMahon spoke of the need to provide businesses with "an environment of certainty" when it comes to regulations and taxes, so owners know whether they can risk hiring more workers.

Blumenthal said the government can do a better job providing financing and loans to businesses, as well as providing job training and targeted tax deductions for research and development, startup companies and firms that hire new workers. He also called for closing loopholes that allow U.S. companies to send jobs overseas.

McMahon, who used a clip from Blumenthal's response from an earlier debate about how to create a job, [in which Blumenthal stumbled over how government should be involved,] as a political ad, chided her opponent for improving his answer during this latest debate. "I'm very happy you have a notion on how to create jobs," McMahon said.

Source: NPR coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate , Oct 12, 2010

Reduce the corporate tax rate

When you combine state and federal taxes, America has the highest corporate tax structure in the world. We should work to reduce the corporate income tax rate to be more competitive with the rest of the world. Stop the capital gains ta x rate from
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.linda2010.com, "Issues" , Sep 1, 2010

CEO of wrestling business, a "testosterone-charged industry"

Linda co-founded Titan Sports, Inc., [a business promoting WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment], in 1980. Linda became President and CEO of the company in 1993. The company's explosive growth and transformation of the wrestling industry has caused some observers to label her & husband Vince "business geniuses".

One of Linda's major interests in WWE was product merchandising. She negotiated many of the company's business deals with vendors, establishing the company's first line of action figures, Wrestling Superstars, in 1984. It was a first in the wrestling industry and helped expand the company's popularity to children.

When asked what it was like being CEO in a "testosterone-charged industry", McMahon replied, "It's lots of fun. I'm an only child, so I grew up as my father's son and mother's daughter. I was quite a jock. I really have a very good understanding of the male psyche--I'm very comfortable in a guy environment. It's still a testosterone business, and I like it."

Source: Wikipedia article, "Linda McMahon" , Aug 12, 2010

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