Linda McMahon, the pro-wrestler-turned-Connecticut-senate-candidate whose race has been neck-and-neck for months, distanced herself from Mitt Romney on Tuesday, one day after his assertion that, “There are 47 percent of the people… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims… my job is is not to worry about those people.” She is the first major Republican candidate to do so.
In a statement from her campaign, McMahon offered a strong indictment of Romney’s sentiment, saying that she disagrees with his “insinuation,”and pointing out that — presumably unlike Mitt Romney — her family has struggled in life:
I disagree with Governor Romney’s insinuation that 47% of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care. I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track.
I am sympathetic to the struggles that millions of Americans are going through because I’ve been there. As a young couple Vince and I lost our home and our car. With two small children it was not an easy time for my family.
Because McMahon is competing in a relatively moderate area, it may help her race to disavow her party’s candidate. But when it comes to her policies, McMahon’s outlook isn’t all that different from Romney’s own. Like Romney, she paid just 15 percent on her income of over $30 million, and opposes any tax increases on the rich that might change that. She also once said the federal minimum wage, whatever it was, needed to be lowered.
McMahon has previously used the same rhetoric as Romney. When she launched her campaign, she said, “”I’d like to see everyone pay their fair share…. Forty-seven percent of the people today don’t pay any taxes, so let’s have a fair tax code where everybody pays their taxes.”