World Wrestling Entertainment is tired of getting bad press at the hands of politicians in Connecticut. The company pointed out in a press release today that both Democrats and Republicans liked the organization just fine during the 2008 presidential election campaign and during its long-running SmackDown the Vote campaigns. In 2008 when the candidates Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton wanted to court voters via the Monday Night RAW show no one had a problem with the WWE’s image. Now that its former CEO Linda McMahon, is running for political office (the Senate seat vacated by Chris Dodd), the WWE is some kind of evil empire.
The company provided quotes from 2008:
President Obama said: "Hey, WWE fans. I hope you are all enjoying the program tonight. You know, this is a historic time for America. It’s not just that the reign of Randy Orton is coming to an end, it is at this moment in this election, we have a chance to finally end business as usual in Washington. For a long time now, we’ve had a politics where our leaders go after each other like they’re competing to become King of the Ring instead of coming together to provide universal health care, fix our economy, solve our other problems. That’s what I’m running for President to change. So to the special interests, who have been setting the agenda in Washington for too long, to all the forces of division and distraction that have stopped us from making progress; for the American people, I have one question: ‘do you smell what Barack is cooking’?"
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "Hi, I’m Hillary Clinton, but tonight, in honor of the WWE, you can call me Hill-Rod. This election is starting to feel a lot like King of the Ring. The only difference: the last man standing may just be a woman. The truth is this election is so important. The next President will face a stack full of difficult challenges right from the opening bell: to fix the economy, to bring our troops home from Iraq, and make college more affordable. You need a President who will go to the mat for you, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. I’ve been knocked down, but I’ve always gotten back up. And I know how to take a hit for the American people. And if things get a little tough, I may even have to deliver the People’s Elbow because this country is worth fighting for. Now I promise to stick to the political arena. So don’t worry Randy Orton. You’re safe, for now. When it comes to standing up for the American people, though, I am ready to rumble."
Senator John McCain said: "How are ya South Carolina? Finally the Mac has come back to Greenville. Looks like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to settle their differences in the ring. Well, that’s fine with me, but let me tell ya, if ya wanna be the man, ya have to beat the man. Come November, it’ll be game over. And whatcha gonna do when John McCain and all his ‘McCainiacs’ run wild on you? You want to pull out of Iraq? Well I say no surrender. America can win the war against terror. I’m gonna introduce Osama bin Laden to the Undertaker. Wanna raise taxes? Well I want a smaller government and bigger individuals. You see my friends, I believe that America is the greatest nation in the world, and Americans don’t watch wrestling because we’re bitter. We watch WWE because wrestling is about celebrating our freedom. It’s about fighting to be the very best. So can you smell what the Mac is cookin? Let me give you a little straight talk WWE fans. You might need a ticket to the Fatal Four next weekend, but you don’t need a ticket to the cage match in November. All you have to do is get out there and vote. YOU decide the champion. YOU make the difference. And that’s the bottom line, because John McCain said so."
No doubt, some politicians would like to forget that the WWE helped them indirectly garner votes from the 18 – 30 year old demographic. You can read the rest at Politico. You can also check out video of McCain, Pelosi, Obama and Clinton singing the praises of the WWE at WWE.com.