Linda McMahon Will Wrestle for GOP Conn. Senate Bid With Up to $50 Million of Her Own Money

She is also a member of the state Board of Education, a trustee of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connect., and a prolific donor to charities.

What her ads do not mention is that her business is World Wrestling Entertainment, and that her husband is Vince McMahon, the creative force behind the WWE and the company's high-profile public face, who has feuded and fought and even wrestled with the WWE's wrestlers.

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Linda McMahon says the omission should not be interpreted as an effort to distance herself from the WWE.

"Oh, heavens no. I am so proud of the company that I've been on the ground floor in building, from two employees when just my husband and I shared a desk in the basement of our house," she said.

Some retired wrestlers have spoken out against her candidacy because of the direction professional wrestling has taken under the McMahons.

"The vulgarity, the nudity, the profanity, all that ... it bothers me," Bruno Sammartino, a star wrestler in the 1960s and '70s, told Politico.com. Others have denounced the McMahons for the WWE's failure to provide its wrestlers health insurance.

In her interview with ABC News here, Linda McMahon acknowledged, "We have pushed the envelope -- not always, you know, successfully, because we can know right away when we push too far. Sponsors let us know."

She added, "It's a soap opera. It's the longest running episodic series on television. ... You're in television; you know what it must be like to create six, seven hours of [...] original television every week -- two hours of which are live -- 52 weeks a year, without any reruns. Sometimes you're gonna be better at it than you are at others."

McMahon also acknowledged that "it took a while to get into focusing on all these particular issues" involving the health of the WWE's wrestlers.

"As our company has grown and as we have matured and are able to do more and more things, we're much more in tune, much more sensitive, to taking care of these men and women," she said.

McMahon said she's confident voters will take her seriously, despite videos bouncing around the Internet showing her taking part in the some of the WWE's over-the-top antics.

"Have [voters] seen Arnold Schwarzenegger in the "Terminator" movies?," she said. "Have they, did they, ever watch Ronald Regan in any of his old movies?"

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McMahon added with a laugh, "By the way, when I look at myself in an acting role, I know I'm going to keep my day job."

Still, moving out from under the shadow of the WWE does present complications. For the moment, Linda McMahon does not foresee campaigning with her husband, Vince.

"Look, since I resigned as the CEO, he's now the chairman and the CEO. He's pretty much got his hands full," she said. "I think right now it's really very important ... for me to establish who I am."

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