McMahon, Murphy in Wild Debate as Senate Race Tightens

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 11:03 AM

By Andra Varin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The third Connecticut Senate debate turned into a smackdown when the cheers and jeers of the raucous audience drowned out both candidates.

Republican Linda McMahon, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat who has represented Connecticut’s 5th District in Congress for three terms, are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman. The 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, Lieberman is now an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats.

After Monday night’s debate, Murphy accused his rival of packing the Garde Arts Center in New London with her own supporters.

“Linda McMahon brought a bunch of people here to try to shout me down off the stage because she’s afraid of debating,” Murphy said, according to The Day newspaper, one of the event’s sponsors. “She didn’t fare too well in the first two debates, so her tactic tonight was to try and bring a bunch of people who would disrupt the debates.”

McMahon — who was also interrupted by the audience, although not as often as Murphy — shrugged off the allegation.

“They seem to be very supportive on both sides,” McMahon said. “It was a very lively crowd.”

Polls show a tight race. Murphy was up by five points in the latest Rasmussen poll, but the most recent Quinnipiac poll gave McMahon a slight, one-point edge.

But McMahon’s deep pockets alone have given Democrats reason to fear that the normally blue state could vote in a Republican this time. A multimillionaire, McMahon, 64, has raised $14.1 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murphy, 39, has drummed up $5.6 million.

Murphy has more experience in public service, but McMahon gained recognition among non-wrestling fans in the 2010 Senate race. She ended up losing to Democrat Richard Blumenthal, but learned some lessons that have served her well this time around.

"She has kept the race very, very close," Democratic strategist Matthew Hennessy, who is not involved in the Murphy campaign, told The Wall Street Journal. "She has made herself viable when a lot of people have written her off."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Increasingly Unpopular Obama Still Hot Fundraising Draw

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 09:45 AM

President Barack Obama remains a top draw on the Democratic fundraising circuit, even as candidates from his own party s . . .

Ed Schultz: Work Permits for Illegals Would Be 'Death' for Dems

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 23:05 PM

Liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz warns that it will be "an electoral death knell for the Democrats" if President Barack Oba . . .

Low Voter Turnout in Primaries Has Dems Especially Worried

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 20:37 PM

Sharp declines in voter turnout for primaries in 25 states have both parties worried, but the situation is dire for Demo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved