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. Western Voter

    Jessie Ventura is just what the US Senate needs to complete its transformation into a full blown circus. Bring in the clown!

    July 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. josh

    'jerry in boston' is a lemming

    July 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Jim in FL

    What's one more clown in the mix ....

    July 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. An Independent Hillary

    Obama/Ventura 08!!!

    Think about it!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Ms. Sims

    He might wanna return to the barber first and get that SHAG cut....

    July 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Oh brother...
    First Ventura, then Obama now Ventura again.
    U.S. politics certainly draws the top of the heap doesn’t it?

    July 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. jane in CA

    People need jobs. Let's see how generous the Governer can add to the economy with his own wealth. Anyhow, you'll see Obama in the WH after Nov election

    July 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Tim, NY

    Jesse "The Mind" Ventura

    July 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. larry mn

    He was a fricking disgrace to the state of Mn, doesn't say much for the morons that voted him into office either. His name should be Ace Ventura.

    July 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Independent Fred

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

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

    ....Yes and add both McCain & Clinton too that list as well.

    July 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. not important

    Is this the same Jesse Ventura who believes that 9/11 was an inside job?

    July 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. strong

    What the heck, anything goes today!

    Anybody (with enough buck$) can run and win. So go for it Jesse - you're no dumber or smarter than the rest of the bozos in the dirty game of politics.

    July 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. some guy in New Hampshire

    The fact that this knucklehead thinks he might qualify for the Senate proves he doesn't.

    July 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. B Wingler

    Wish he would run for president....wouldn't be any worse than who is running now.

    July 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Darrel from Denver

    The comments seem to be negatively biased here. Not surprising considering the Independent status he will need to run under. The Democrats and Republicans both do not want this can of worms opened as it will lead to the destruction of their two party system the love and nurture.

    I am all for Ventura's candidacy here. time for a wake up call folks.

    July 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. A. Boston, MA


    July 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Rena

    This man act like he has been locked up in a psychic ward; why would we want him to run anything. Go set down some where and be quiet. You sound like a crazy person and you look scary.

    July 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Julie

    Abbey – not all not jobs come from Minnesota. So I will take that to mean you are not from Minnesota. So as someone who voted for this man in 1998 I can tell you I would never do so again. Everything he did was for the camera, or his own wallet. He went from being humble after elected to being completely insane. I am a democrat who definitely will be voting republican because I refuse to vote for someone who thinks rape is funny. I want somone in Washington who think violence against women should be taken seriously.

    July 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Jesse should go for it. A handful of independent candidates should keep things in check and congress on their toes. Go Minnesota !

    July 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. He's crazy, but sometimes he's right...

    I would consider going for Ventura since he's more of a true libertarian (i.e. more concerned about not criminalizing action rather than whining about taxes all the time), but I have to say that I'm nervous that voting for him would return that absolute phony known as Norm "Gee-Bush-How-High-Should-I-Jump-For-You" Coleman to the Senate.

    This is why we need RUNOFFS, so that no one can win without a majority of the vote. Let the top two voter-winners of the first round face off.

    July 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Bruce

    I have never been in an alley or anywhere else with a member of the U.S. Senate. Is that part of their gig now? To protect us in alleys? If so, then Jesse is certainly the guy. What if I was in a dark alley without universal healthcare, or attacked by a lobbyist? What if the alley was in Iraq?

    July 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Stephen H

    To: Just taking a chance

    I could not agree with you more buddy. That Mike from Syracuse, NY is an idiot. This topic has nothing to do with Obama and yet morons like him go out of their way to take a cheap shot. People like Mike ought to get an identity and quit using all the hateful and divisive language against Obama and his supporters. Get a life Mike!

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. BGIV in NC

    I can appreciate his ability to motivate voters and I certainly appreciate his anger. However, having lived in MN during his tenure as Governor, his lack of knowledge regarding how government functions scares the crap out of me. During a budget deadlock between the MN House and Senate, he actually went on TV and told people that prison guards and police would walk off the job if the budget deadline was not met. Needless to say , this frightened the general public. When confronted by the reporter from KARE 11, he stormed off. He is an opportunist at best.

    July 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    Ventura as Senator?

    I thought he already screwed up the state enough as Governor. What a monkey. I heard him talk about the two party system...blah blah blah.

    Say nothing, know nothing Ventura.

    July 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    to marc pdx

    bozo the clown died this week. that may be a reason he hadn't entered to race. you think?

    July 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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