(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.
Jesse Ventura is a 9/11 conspiracy nutcase.
"Norm Coleman, who Ventura defeated in Minnesota’s 1998 Senate race." ... Actually Ventura's win over Coleman was in the Gubernatorial race in 1998.
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?
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!!
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.
Ventura-–That's the reason I run, not to sell books," he said. "I run because it angers me.........WELL GO TAKE a WALK!!!!
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!
I definitely would not want to be in a dark alley with Jesse Ventura...
GO venturan save us form this fony guy colman he is evil, Bush's puppet, we need you again angry voter from Minnesota.
Here is a useless peice of trivia, the first Predator movie produced 2 Govenors... Jesse and Arnold.
He will fit in with all the other whacks!
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!
Go Jesse. We need more "real" independent minded people in the Senate.
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...
Jesse Ventura defeated Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s 1998 *gubernatorial* race.
Why not President? He's at least as well qualified as Obama.
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?
Yes. Go Jesse Go!! You are the real deal. We need more like you in power. I would vote for Jesse to be prez.
Minnesota seems to be turning into the San Francisco Mid West.......What a bunch of whack jobs!!!! Good luck living up there
“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....
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.
I wonder what Jesse did with all that federal road construction money we sent to him before that bridge collapsed?
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!!!
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.
We've had one too many Jesses in the Senate already.