The following is an excerpt from an article featuring comments from Linda McMahon concerning President Barack Obama. The comments came after Obama slammed McMahon and her run for Senate in a story we reported earlier today.
Earlier in the day, McMahon offered tempered criticism of Obama, who won this reliably Democratic state in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote. Now, 51 percent of voters disapprove of his job performance, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.
“I think President Obama, in my view, has fallen far short of what the expectation was when he became president. We are further in debt, our deficit has grown, unemployment has grown,” McMahon said during an Associated Press interview at her West Hartford campaign headquarters. “From a leadership perspective, I think he has fallen short.”
With faint praise for her opponent, she also played on the theme of Blumenthal as the ultimate self-promoter.
“He seems to be a pretty nice guy. … I don’t know him personally. I know of him. I have certainly seen his picture in newspapers and quotes and all of the press releases that have gone out over the years,” she said. “He’s very well-known, recognized around the state.”
McMahon was pushing ahead with a campaign designed to appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans. On Thursday evening, she visited small businesses and talked with voters on the streets of Willimantic. Between sprinkles of rain, she posed for pictures with volunteers and watched as aides offered votes hats, T-shirts and bumper stickers emblazoned with her logo.