July 9th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Ventura says he'll reveal Senate decision next week

Ventura said Wednesday he would reveal his campaign plans early next week.
Ventura said Wednesday he would reveal his campaign plans early next week.

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura – who has been hinting broadly for months of a possible U.S. Senate run – denied a report Wednesday that he had announced his intention to enter the race, telling the Associated Press he had been speaking hypothetically, and will reveal his plans Tuesday.

A Ventura campaign would set up a three-way brawl featuring the former professional wrestler, Democrat and former Saturday Night Live star Al Franken and incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, who Ventura defeated in Minnesota’s 1998 gubernatorial race.

In an NPR interview airing Wednesday, Ventura denied charges he would only be campaigning to promote his latest book, which was released earlier this year. The former governor, born Jim Janos, told NPR Coleman’s support for the war in Iraq was a driving factor in his motivation to enter the race. "That's the reason I run, not to sell books," he said. "I run because it angers me...

“And all you Minnesotans take a good hard look at all three of us. And you decide: if you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?” But he told the Associated Press Wednesday he had not yet made a decision.

Ventura served a single, tumultuous term as governor, and did not make a second run for the office. He has not yet made any formal moves to enter this year’s Senate race in advance of Tuesday’s filing deadline.


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soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Jerry in Boston

    Jesse Ventura is a 9/11 conspiracy nutcase.

    July 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    "Norm Coleman, who Ventura defeated in Minnesota’s 1998 Senate race." ... Actually Ventura's win over Coleman was in the Gubernatorial race in 1998.

    July 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Independent Voter

    I think it would be great if he ran. Probably steal some votes from Franken. He doesn't need a job, so he'll say whatever he wants to.

    What I want to know is what's in the water in Minnesota?

    July 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. CW4Barak

    Thank GOD I don't live in Minnesota! Since he is so strong and mighty....he should volunteer to go rebuild the bridge that fell!!

    July 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Pete in St. paul

    Most of us in Minnesota that lived through the Ventura as Governor experience would just as soon see him stay in Mexico. His tenure as Governor was all about Jessie, not about putting Minnesotans first. I suspect he has deluded himself into believing he is a viable candidate and wants to sell more books. We dont need another verse of "send in the clowns" here in Minnesota. especially for the position of Senator.

    July 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. GO AWAY!!!!!

    Ventura-–That's the reason I run, not to sell books," he said. "I run because it angers me.........WELL GO TAKE a WALK!!!!

    July 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. bob in L.A.

    Who cares? He is milking this for all he can get!
    He was a fresh face when he ran for governor but failed in the job. Now he thinks he can be a senator? Must be the hair dye gotten to him!

    July 9, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Obama Supporter from FL

    I definitely would not want to be in a dark alley with Jesse Ventura...

    July 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. ProundToBeDemocrat

    GO venturan save us form this fony guy colman he is evil, Bush's puppet, we need you again angry voter from Minnesota.

    July 9, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Sotvy

    Here is a useless peice of trivia, the first Predator movie produced 2 Govenors... Jesse and Arnold.

    July 9, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. Last Honest Man

    He will fit in with all the other whacks!

    July 9, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Was a Democrat-Now an Independent

    Please run, Jesse. You make for some very interesting politics. Also, I do not think it will be difficult for you to beat either Coleman or Franken.The political environment is toxic for republicans,so Coleman has difficulties, but it is my understanding that Franken is running a joke of a campaign. i would love to see "The Body" giving speeches on the Senate floor. It would be great!

    July 9, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Tony in Mocksville, NC

    Go Jesse. We need more "real" independent minded people in the Senate.

    July 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Franky

    No offense Jesse, but I feel asorry for you. I mean, look at you! Desperate and anxious. If this is what you want, then go ahead and put yourself in this position. Me personally, I will say that I respect Independets because I do respect Lou(Dobbs) but overall, let's just say you people, you BOW DOWN to the Master........

    We the parties(Dems and Reps) OWN this land not you...

    July 9, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Joshsf

    Jesse Ventura defeated Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s 1998 *gubernatorial* race.

    July 9, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Why not President? He's at least as well qualified as Obama.

    July 9, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Marc PDX

    So let's see... Minnesota has Jesse Ventura and Al Franken running for senate. Jeez, wonder why Bozo the Clown is holding back on throwing his hat in the ring there?

    July 9, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. RC

    Yes. Go Jesse Go!! You are the real deal. We need more like you in power. I would vote for Jesse to be prez.

    July 9, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Bob

    Minnesota seems to be turning into the San Francisco Mid West.......What a bunch of whack jobs!!!! Good luck living up there

    July 9, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. James Nelson

    “And all you Minnesotans take a good hard look at all three of us. And you decide: if you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?”

    Is this guy brain damaged from too many piledrives into the wrestling mat?

    Last time I checked, there weren't any dark alleys on the Senate floor. Although there are a number of Republicans I wouldn't mind seeing in a good figure 4 leglock....

    July 9, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Dan

    Pete in Saint Paul is wrong about Jesse's time in office. He reveals more about his concern for his image; as in being a citizen of a state that elects such a man, then what happened during that time.

    Yes, Jesse is a thin skinned non politically correct guy.

    He also was a Gov that hired the best staff this state has ever had and let them do their jobs while keeping the media entertained. After a thirty year log jam, he got the Twin Cities going on a real light rail line that has wowed this area with ridership levels. He brought property tax reform and school budget reform that would have enabled districts to focus on education and not funding. The entrenched politicians (Moe & Pawlenty) stopped the other half of the deal to raise the funds. So, a train wreck of the budget was setup by them. Of course, they both then ran to replace Jesse on the issue of how to fix the budget crisis they manufactured.

    July 9, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. demwit

    I wonder what Jesse did with all that federal road construction money we sent to him before that bridge collapsed?

    July 9, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Just taking a chance

    I thought let me read these comments and see if anyone tries to tie or make negative comments about Obama. You win Mike, NY. Stop by the office and pick up your "ID-IO-T AWARD" Congratulations!!!

    July 9, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Tom, St. Paul

    Yes, he is a prickly, impulsive goofball, but he surrounded himself with smart people, appointed a great non-partisan cabinet and had the sense to let them do their jobs without interference. I didn't vote for him, but he did accomplish much for the state, despite his shenanigans, attitude and utter lack of experience.

    July 9, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. JC in SC

    We've had one too many Jesses in the Senate already.

    July 9, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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