03/14/2012 04:10 pm ET Updated Mar 14, 2012

Linda McMahon, Former Wrestling Exec, Makes Jobs Pitch In 2012 Connecticut Senate Race

U.S. Senate candidate and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon pitched herself as a job creator while announcing her tax proposal Wednesday. It was her first news conference since announcing her bid to fill the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman in Connecticut.

McMahon laid out a plan to cut taxes for the middle class and cut 1 percent in federal spending, claiming the plan would save Connecticut $8.5 billion, writes CT News Junkie.

"What’s missing in this debate is the business perspective. The voice of a job creator," McMahon said. "I know what it takes to create jobs."

This is McMahon's second Senate bid. In 2010 she was criticized for spending $50 million of her own money before losing to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal. This year she is relying heavily on wealthy supporters from affluent Greenwhich, Connecticut. McMahon raised $300,000 in the last quarter of 2011.

McMahon's main rival for the GOP nomination is former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, a more moderate Republican from Connecticut who served in the House for 20 years.

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