Realizing she had lost the election: "I was sitting by myself, actually. I had just taken a moment to go upstairs and get my thoughts together on what I was still hoping would be a victory speech. I was just sitting there, going over my speechâ€”clearly you have a concession speech as well, but youâ€™re hoping thatâ€™s not the one you use. I wasnâ€™t paying that much attention to the TV. This was about 40 minutes after the polls closed. Then I looked up and saw a check mark next to Chris Murphyâ€™s name on ABC. I barely caught it out of the corner of my eye. I just thought, â€œWow.â€ I was stunned for a moment. I sat there for a few minutes on my own, reflecting on what the race had been. I thought about the thousands of people who not only had touched me but whom I had touched as well. All the notes, â€œThank you for running. Thank you for showing me that itâ€™s worth putting everything on the line,â€ and things like that."
What She Learned from the First Race: "I felt I really needed to have my thoughts and plan written down so people could see it. Because of the associations with WWE, I wasnâ€™t resonating with women so that became a priority, so we started something called â€œConversations with Linda.â€ "
Why She Ran Again: "What really got me in the race the first time was looking at where our economy was. There didnâ€™t seem to be businesspeople focusing on that. After I lost, I just kept watching. I had four little grandchildren when I first decided to run in 2009. By the end of the year, I had six. It just wasnâ€™t fair for these kids to be shouldering such debt and to then grow up in an economy that didnâ€™t offer the same opportunity that their grandfather and I had. I donâ€™t want to minimize the job of a senator. Itâ€™s not just about the economy, but that was the biggest gap we had. When Senator [Joe] Lieberman announced he was retiring, I thought it was time to reach out again. I knew the opportunity would probably never come back again for me."
Whether the $97 Million was 'Well Spent Money': "I feel really good about what Iâ€™ve accomplished. So many people have said, â€œYouâ€™ve made me think that I can do something. Youâ€™ve made me look at things a new way.â€ I think people were more thoroughly convinced the second time around that I was passionate about these issues. I found that I had a special following among 12- to 14-year-old girls. I was incredibly flattered. When I asked a mother about it, she said, â€œYou have become a role model for these girls." "
Her Future: "One thing Iâ€™ll continue to do is our philanthropic work. Iâ€™m not really focused right now on what happens next. I donâ€™t really anticipate running for public office again. I think Iâ€™ve given that a really good, strong shot. At this moment, itâ€™s not a consideration. Things can always change but itâ€™s not something I anticipate right now."
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