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McCain campaigns for Linda McMahon

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DANBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Arizona Senator and the GOP's 2008 presidential candidate John McCain is still popular with unaffiliated voters, which will be important in 2012 United States Senate race in Connecticut.

McCain visited the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Danbury to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon. He addressed "Veterans for Linda" coalition Monday afternoon and told them how she would make the country strong.

"We need people in Washington who understand what its like to meet a payroll," he said. "We need people who know the combat of the free enterprise system."

The former CEO of WWE, formerly known as World Wrestling Entertainment, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.

"We need a firm plan," McMahon said. "You can see what my commitment is. It is reducing taxes to businesses the ability to compete globally."

Veterans such as Ken Post were happy to see McCain stumping for McMahon.

"It's awesome he is doing this," Post said. "He should have been our president. He got the most popular votes in the last election."

Murphy is not impressed with McCain's endorsement of McMahon because he believes that both of them support privatizing Social Security.

"She's going to be supportive of his plan to privatize Social Security," Murphy said. "In fact, she is to the right of McCain when it comes to Social Security because he still wants it to stick around, and Linda McMahon, as we found out last week, thinks it should be sun setting in 10 years if it is not fixed."

McMahon told Eyewitness News that she did not support privatizing Social Security. McCain said he was concerned about Social Security and added it needs to be fixed on Monday.

Democrats said McCain led the fight to kill the Navy's Seawolf Submarine program, which could cause Electric Boat to lose thousands of jobs.

"I will fight tooth and nail to make sure we keep jobs at Electric Boat," she said.

Later in the day, McMahon and McCain met her supporters at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.

The first debate between the two candidates is on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. on Eyewitness News.

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