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. Pat Riot

    There seem to be a lot of people taking pop shots at Jesse but has anyone even looked at his policy? He is a freedom loving, limited government, accountable, charitable person. I hope he gets elected!

    July 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. SIMP

    Are you serious? Who in the world would vote for this idiot? It's hard to belive he was a governor at one time. He didn't run again because he knew he would not win. I know this country is in desperate state, but my goodness this is really strecthing it.

    Obama for President 08 2012

    July 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Loretta from California

    WELL.....he does have military experience.....that seems to be the only necessary qualification to be President today.


    July 9, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Tony

    Jesse's comment "if you were in a dark alley, who would you want with you?", shows just how ridiculous this guy is.

    Frankly, I wouldn't want any nof the three of them with me, but to keep things in perspective, rather than fantasyland where most ex-celebrities, as well as current ones live, I'd choose the Drmocrat Franken.


    July 9, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Mike, Pensacola

    Will it be, no count out, or loser leaves town or a ladder match

    July 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. KMAN

    Who cares?

    July 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Note to Jesse Ventura, Ralph Nadar, Lou Dobbs & Lieberman et al... I understand your frustrations w/ the govt. However, your voices are disjointed. Your strong opinions are in a vacuum. You lack a platform, so its hard to give you guys a serious audience. Either you form a legitamate 3rd party or form affliations w/ the dems or reps and try to effect change in that way. Right now you all amount to a bunch of ineffectual haters.

    July 9, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. TerryDo

    VENTURA..."if you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?”

    In a dark alley, another thug who wants to have political power, one from Chicago and now another one from Minnesota!


    July 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Dems be dopes

    Actually he would fot right in the Senate with all the other self serving Dems and Repubs.

    Might make a good running mate for Obama, at least he some experience running something.

    July 9, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Chut Pata

    He is more qualified to be commander-in-chief than McCain. He did not bomb civilians from a plane 10,000 feet above ground, got it shot, safely landed, and volunteered information to avoid toruture. Instead, he was an Underwater Demolition Navy SEAL, a real deal ... a real war hero.

    July 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Ted

    Al Franken for Senate!

    July 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. H-ROD

    9/11 conspirracy nut I don't think so stevie wonder could see that those building were a controlled demo who makes norad stand down airplanes make u turns in us air space and notthing happens and no Iraq attack without those building coming down please any fool can see that !!!! and calling anybody who has any questions about 9/11 a conspiracy nut is just another part of the cover up !!!

    July 9, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. aaron from minneapolis

    I'm fron Minnesota and we all pretty much hated Jesse's run as Govenor. He bankrupted the state and left us with a huge debt. Anyone who votes for him to be in the Senate is a fool. Let him try to run again in MN and he probably won't even get a single vote.

    July 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. LER

    What's happened to Minnesota? Can anyone believe that this is same state that produced Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

    July 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. I Speak For The Trees

    Jesse Ventura knows an investigation is needed into the THREE World Trade Centers that collapsed on September 11th, 2001. Here we are 7 years later still waiting for an INDEPENDENT investigation and left wondering why the evidence was so hastily shipped to China?

    Jesse Ventura for President

    July 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. FormerMinneSOHtn

    While the idea of Ventura in office, given his non-political credentials, seems refreshing at first, Jesse's actual gubernatorial performance was poor, even incompetent (see above). The justification for running, that N Coleman supports war and he doesn't, implies there is no other candidate that opposes the war. Not only is Al Franken critical of the war, but he is far more likely to perform well in a political arena than Jesse did or would. Being able to perform in writing and "on the air" is a helpful skill for a congressman, to be sure.

    So it seems selfish and stupid for Jesse to run. I would NEVER buy his book–I doubt he even wrote it. He would NEVER garner sufficient votes in a 3-way, absolutely guaranteed. Finally, we must dispense with the "tough guy-machiste" candidates– George W. has done plenty to damage America at home and abroad using the same approach. "Bring it on!" Sheesh. Franken is the best candidate by FAR in this field, and MN is smarter enough to know it.

    July 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. BHO Not my candidate

    Ventura should run for president as a Democrat. NOBAMA

    July 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. David

    run, Jesse, run. you are light years ahead of those other two clowns.

    July 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. David

    sorry Jerry in Boston, it doesn't mean he's a nutcase. just means he wants answers like a growing number of citizens do when a building (WTC 7) free falls against the law of physics when it wasn't even hit.

    July 9, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Neil

    Of course he's going to run. He needs free publicity and that's why all the speculation. Come on, we've been through this before. Running for any office is expensive, and Ventura knows how to work the system.

    July 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes Iraq is a scam...I'm surprised not more people are angered by the lies, manipulation of the facts, and waste of taxpayer money.

    July 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Really

    I sure hope MN does not make a mistake again and elect this guy.

    July 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. ANGIE

    this is the most funniest post ever!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Noah

    Let him run, we need more independents in Washington.

    If the rumors are true that Arnold is going to run for the Senate in 2010 maybe the Predator will run too…. Perhaps Danny Glover?

    July 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    If I am not mistaken. quite recently on CNN TALK SHOWS (I think it was on Larry King live). Ventura actually said twice, that HE MIGHT NOT VOTE IN THIS ELECTION, (this was when Hillary was still running) because he DID NOT LIKE ANY OF THE CANDIDATES. Why would you folks want to elect a Senator who is not even responsible when it comes to VOTING IN YOUR ELECTIONS?

    July 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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