Linda McMahon on Civil Rights
"I think that her business has a war on women," Shays said, and proceeded to describe one of the more provocative ring scenes in WWE history in which the candidate's husband, Vince McMahon, yelled orders. "I think when you force a woman to take off her clothes and sit down on the ground and bark like a dog, I think that's an assault on women."
McMahon responded that she was "very proud of the company that I helped grow." She gave variations of this defense throughout the debate but without addressing the substance of Shays' claims about professiona wrestling, including his suggestion that some of the "business reasons" why she contributed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as recently as 2006 was "so the Democrat legislature wouldn't investigate steroid use in her business."
"I don't think we should have discrimination. My vote would be that we don't have 'Don't ask, don't tell.' But I think it ought to be implemented in a very cautious way," she said.
McMahon initially hedged when asked about the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law signed by President Clinton that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. It also allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, such as Connecticut. "I do think it's a state's right issue," she said. But when pressed, McMahon said, "I don't think there should be a federal law."
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