McMahon and Obama: The New Dream Team?

Oct 19, 2012

With just two and a half weeks to go before election day, the race for senate remains tight and independent voters could help determine the result. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Republican candidate Linda McMahon is apparently hoping some supporters of President Barack Obama will break her way.

So here's something you don't hear every day.

Man: I'm supporting President Obama and Linda McMahon.

Woman 1: I'll be voting for Barack Obama and Linda McMahon this year.

Woman 2: I'm voting for President Barack Obama and Linda McMahon for senator on the Independent line.

Woman 3: I'm voting for President Obama and I'm voting for Linda McMahon. It's my choice.

It's a campaign ad paid for by McMahon, a Republican and a former wrestling executive. And it tells Independent voters that it's okay to split their tickets.

The ad was posted Thursday on the campaign's YouTube channel and started appearing on local news websites. We reached out to McMahon's campaign for comment and didn't hear back. But the new approach may not be surprising, given the status of the race. In a recent poll by UConn and the Hartford Courant, McMahon trails her Democratic opponent -- U.S. Representative Chris Murphy -- by 6 percentage points. But the poll also shows 17 percent were undecided.

Murphy says McMahon's ad just doesn't make sense.

"Linda McMahon would fight President Obama on almost everything...There's no way that Linda McMahon is going to be able to sell an argument to people that she would do anything other than be a thorn in President Obama's side every day that she's there."

In related news, the Hartford Courant is reporting that McMahon has given her campaign another $27 million dollars. That brings her total personal spending for senate in 2010 and 2012 about $77 million.

For WNPR, I'm Jeff Cohen.