July 9th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 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. Candy West Virginia

    Hey there Mike, Syracuse NY – did you know that Obama actually has more elected 'experience' than Hillary. He has served 11 yrs as senator – 8 in Illionois and 3 in the US Senate.

    July 9, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. ps

    Mike, Syracuse NY wrote July 9th, 2008 12:13 pm ET

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

    Yeah right. Just as qualified as Obama ! You must be Kidding. Did JV graduate high school ? Obama is a Harward Grad, was the President of the Harward Law review. Go figure. Better get your IQ checked ?

    July 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    You may not like Jesse but he makes some very interesting points about our Government, especially the border.

    July 9, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Patrick Henry

    Whatever...if the citizens of your state determine you're a good choice...welcome aboard.

    Frankly, some of your ideas are wierd. Why don't you just through in your supprt with the Libertarian Party so we can really tackle the two party stranglehold on our country?

    July 9, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Shasta


    July 9, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    People in Minnesota would be crazy to put this goon back in office.

    July 9, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Sue

    Ventura was a fine wrestler. He was a poor governor. Would be a poor senator.

    July 9, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    A President Jesse Ventura would still have more experience and knowledge to lead the country then Obama.....

    Jesse Rocks
    Hillary 2012.

    July 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Mike, Syracuse NY

    obama for president!

    July 9, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. SOS!

    Mike, Syracuse NY ...... Why not President? He's at least as well qualified as Obama.........and more qualified THAN McSAME.....IDIOT!!!!!........WORSE PERSON IN THE WORLD _MIKE!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Greg, NY

    Sotvy July 9th, 2008 12:03 pm ET

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

    They were both in The Running Man also.

    July 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. proud army and navy mom


    July 9, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Biff, Hussein Biffington

    I think he needs to make a 'decision' on that fu-man-chu look.

    July 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. JOEL


    July 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Socialism, now new and improved!!

    If Jesse "the (fill-in-the-noun)" Ventura runs, it's a guaranteed win for Norm Coleman. Ventura is only going to peel off votes for Stewart Smalley, er, uh, I mean Al Franken.

    Can't we have a friggin' intelligence/competence/economics test for voters' suffrage? Add to that a requirement to be a land owner and we'd see this country actually get it's house back in order again. Nope, we just let any warm body with a pulse cast a ballot (although, even this requirement is NOT required to vote Democrat).

    July 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Phil in KC

    "if you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?” This is how you pick a Senator? What color is the sky in this guy's world? And he's even weirder looking now than when he was governor. I sure hope the people of Minnesota don't fall for this guy again. He's a joke.

    July 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Tony

    Jesse's a joke!

    Coleman is a Republican (reason enough there NOT TO vote for him)

    Franken is a Democrat (reason enough TO vote for him)

    Any questions???

    July 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Jeanine

    I am from Minnesota and I would vote for him in a heart beat....he speaks his mind plain and simple and people just can't handle the truth. We need a person that isn't afraid of who he might offend and just says it like it is.....!!!!! Go Jesse!

    July 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Tony

    Why not president????

    He's much more qualified than McCain!

    July 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Whoever is posing as the Mike, Syracuse NY impostor, please get a life. I wouldn't vote for Obama if he were the only one running.

    July 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Bill in Virginia

    Ventura's a nut.

    I can't believe the people of Minnesota would vote to have hinm as their representative in the U.S. Senate.

    Let's see, their choices are Norm Coleman, Al Franken, Jesse Ventura.....aaaaahhhhhgggg!!!

    Please, somebody bring back Pat Paulsen.

    July 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Tony

    I see that there are quite a few commenters here from the two most screwed up, wierdest states in America!

    Florida and Texas!

    How can anyone take them seriously????? 🙂

    July 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Willow, from Iowa

    Just as Minnesota loses the "Fargo" imagine, they go out and elect Jesse Ventura Governor. I sometimes wonder if they are capable of voting rationally.

    July 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Barb

    Having heard Jesse on several interviews (Larry King and Hannity & Colmes) I believe that he could do a lot of good.

    The "do nothing congress" might just do some rocking and rolling and get something done. Between the leader in of the senate and the leader of the house doing nothing but same old same old we could use something to stir things up. Bunch of old fuddy duddy's (including some women).

    Go for it!!!!

    July 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. IndependentVoter

    I don't see why Jesse Can't run and make some money?. Why should only DEMS or REPUBLICANS make money ?. This is a free country.

    Obama became a millionaire soon after he became a senator. Same goes for Bill/Hillary.

    As for experience goes, the way the candidates are flip flopping on issues from Gun control to FISA to separation of church and state, I think a new word should be coined. My suggestion will be "sailless boating" ha ha..

    Will probably vote for Mcain. He is more honest than any one else right now. Granted he is also trying to smooch left and right but thats understandable. He is little desparate coz this is his last chance !!!.

    I wish everybody is little considerate about McCain.

    July 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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