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. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Personally, I think Jesse would make a fine senator and could bring some much needed change. The three-way race for that senate seat would be very interesting indeed. As to the run for the WH in November, I really admire senator Obama and his plans for the country. I am really looking forward to voting for Obama and supporting his presidency.

    Obama '08

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

    Who cares????

    July 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Angry White Male

    Bozo the Clown isn't throwing his hat into the ring because he's DEAD!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Weina

    Who cares about Ace Body Builder Ventura? Geesh.

    July 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. thebody

    Who the heck voted for this loser for governor in the first place? Man, sometimes I think there should be an IQ test to vote. Well I guess it can only help Franken, so go for it Jessie!

    July 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Stephen H

    To: Just taking a chance July 9th, 2008 12:24 pm ET

    Love your comment. Could not agree more. People like Mike from Syracuse, NY need to get a life and stop this crap of taking shots at Obama, even when the topic has nothing to do with Obama. Definitely one of my pet peeves.

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Old Rusty Tulsa

    Heck yeah, I do wish he was in DC, maybe he could pound some sense in the rest of the politicians.

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Robert P. in Indianapolis

    Jesse, the only person who takes you seriously is yourself.

    July 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. minneapolis dave

    Now this is getting interesting. A Bush lackey, a comedian and a pro-wrestler.

    Independent Voter asked "what's in the water in Minnesota?"

    I'm glad to see the diversity of political views coming from our state. Freedom loving Americans should embrace more choice rather than deride the "third candidate that will never win". We've proved that wrong here.

    And if the Latest Zogby poll means anything, Bob Barr is strong here too with 8% (Ross Perot did not have such high numbers and was included in debates.
    Barr needs 10% nationwide (and has 6%) in 3 polls to be included in debates.

    GO MN!!! Keep leading the way for choice
    Barr '08

    July 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. eric in Denver

    NORAD stood down jerry. What about building 7 ?

    July 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. minneapolis dave

    OMG, there is someone here that questions how World Trade Center 7 collapsed without being "hit". Um, it WAS hit by pieces of the other two buildings causing structural failure...there's enough photo evidence of it.

    Now you'll say that the Minneapolis bridge could not have collapsed without being "hit". Maybe that was a terrorist strike that the government is covering up so as not to panic the public. Maybe the photos of the bridge collapse were doctored. Maybe the bridge _never even existed_ and was only inserted into our collective history like Orwell's 1984.

    Sheesh. Conspiracy nuts.

    July 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Anonymous


    July 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Roy, St. Paul

    At this point in time, it's a toss up for the Minnesota Senate. Paris Hilton should through her name in the ring.

    July 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Peter E

    Good for him! Fight the demopublican establishment! They're all just two sides of the same corrupt coin!

    July 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. VANISH!!!!

    Texas Trail Dog and Brian Knoxville Tn ......Why not meet Jesse in the ALLEY ...So he Can give you A GOOD A_S Kicking .....He can show YOU how the COWS eat the HAY!!!!! JUST maybe he can SHUT YOU up FOR a LOOOOOONG TIME!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Dark Knight


    July 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Linda of Atlanta

    Jesse Ventura is crazy! He needs to stop becoming Ralph Nader. One of Nader is one too many. I thought he was living in Mexico? Just head on back, Ventura. We have enough full time resident fools!

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    He should run for president he would take votes away from obama–for sure.

    He may take those bitter gun clinging religous people obama is so fond of.

    July 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. The Austrian


    You could say the same thing about "Running Man" which featured Ventura and Schwarzenegger as well.

    July 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Tennessee Mike

    It cracks me up that anytime I comment with an anti-Obama bin Laden remark, my comment does not get published!

    LOL! Communist News Network at it's finest!

    July 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. George the Animal Steel

    Is it me, or does Jesse bare a faint resemblence to a Klingon in that pic?........will he wear a boa around his neck if he gets in the Senate?...

    July 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. David

    I wish he'd run for president!!!!

    July 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. choppersrule

    It comes down to who wants to be sheep and who does not. Definately Ventura does not want to go bah, bah, bah like the rest of you all. God Bless Individuality, and not the wackos in congress. Come on democrats, you're as much to blame as Bush, get over it and fix this country, before we all speak Chinese!!

    July 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    Jesse should run for President. He stands a better chance at being elected than Obama.

    July 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. D

    Jesse Ventura was the Mayor of a city in Minnesota before serving his 4-year term as governor (which, as any Minnesotan such as myself will tell you was a freakshow). Therefore...

    Jesse Ventura, with a few years as Mayor and four years as governor, has MORE executive experience than BARACK OBAMA.


    July 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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