July 14th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Ventura to announce if he's running for Senate on Larry King

Ventura may run for Senate.
Ventura may run for Senate.

(CNN) - Will he or won’t he?

Former Minnesota Governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is expected to announce Monday night on CNN’s Larry King Live whether he’ll run for his state’s U.S. Senate seat. Ventura’s deadline to file to run for the senate is Tuesday.

If Ventura jumps into the race and runs as an Independent, the battle for Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s seat would become a three ring circus. Democrat Al Franken, a former comedian and liberal talk show host, has already filed.

Coleman was first elected in 2002 and is running for his second term. The Democrats are targeting Coleman and hope to win back the seat that was once held by Democrat Paul Wellstone, who was killed in a plane crash while running for re-election in 2002.

Ventura ran for governor of Minnesota as an Independent in 1998, winning a three way race. Coleman was the Republican candidate in that race, losing to Ventura by about 50,000 votes. After what many people in Minnesota describe as a difficult four years in office, Ventura decided not to run for re-election.

He has hinted lately that he might jump into the Senate race. If he does enter the campaign, the question is whether he can win, and if not, which other candidate does he harm more?

Other candidates over the years have made Larry King Live their program of choice when announcing a major run for office. Larry King Live runs at 9 p.m. ET.


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  1. Manny Mannix

    Looking down the list of articles, 90% are about Obama. Looks like CNN has made their choice.

    July 14, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. @ndy

    He's been living in Mexico for over four years now aside from a yearly jaunt back to MN to enjoy our relatively cool summers, yet he's calling Coleman and Franken to the carpet for the time they've spent out of state? I think Jesse is an interesting character but he doesn't stand a chance in the Senate race as he is far too busy attacking the other candidates to put forth serious policy positions.

    July 14, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Sam

    I live in Minnesota. You really don't want Jesse Ventura in the Senate.
    Education down. Property taxes up.

    July 14, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. LifeLongDemocrat

    A big gas bag! There is a reason why he didn't run for a second term in Minnesota.

    Al Franken should be the senator from Minnesota.

    LifeLongDemocrat from Minnesota!

    July 14, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. ConsDemo

    I used to respect Jesse Ventura until he endorsed ludicrous anti-American conspiracy theories. Now, he has revealed himself to be a worthless idiot. We don't need kooks in Congress.

    July 14, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Jeff

    Why doesnt he run for president? He's got more credibility than anyone else that is running.

    July 14, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Off his meds

    Oh yeah, he looks like a winner.

    July 14, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. John Verco

    I've always been a WWF-WWE Wrestling fan, and I remember Jesse "The Body" Ventura from my childhood. He was charismatic then and he's charismatic now. He was always larger than life!

    Even though I may disagree with some of his policies, I think he would be a great and refreshing addition to The Senate. We need straight talkers like him in the political arena, just to keep people on their toes.

    July 14, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. mike

    Jesse is a RON PAUL REPUBLICAN NOW. He finnaly WOKE UP.

    GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE IS A VERY BAD IDEA.

    HERE...... TRY THIS.

    GIVE PEOPLE HIGH PAYING JOBS AND THEY CAN AFFORD THERE OWN HEALTH CARE.

    SHUT DOWN THE IRS.

    SHUT DOWN THE FEDRAL RESERVE.

    HAVE A SOUND CURRENCY.

    CHANGE OUR FOREIGN POLOICY

    PROBLEM RESOLVED.

    WE SPEND ABOUT 1 TRILLION A YEAR ON FOREIGN POLICY.

    THATS WHERE ALL THE MONEY IS GOING.

    YOU ALL BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT RON PAUL IS SAYING.
    HES BEEN SAYING THIS FOR 25 YEARS.

    RON PAUL IS A GREAT AMERICAN HERO AND PATRIOT.

    HE IS MY HERO.

    If the goal is to police the world you loose liberty. If the goal is to protect liberty you can not be the policman of the world.

    In every Revolution there's one man with a vision.

    That man is

    RON PAUL

    July 14, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  10. not important

    Again is this the same Ventura who says that 9/11 was an inside job?

    July 14, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Dawn Tx

    Jessie for President and Texas Trail Dog for VP 2 IDIOTS

    July 14, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. dave g, Minneapolis

    Why is it that everyone that hates Jesse just says he ruined MN? while those that are neutral or supporters list the benefits that he brought to MN? While you may not like him, he opened the political dialog here and showed that a candidate that didn't fit into the standard parties could actually bring a new political message (fiscal conservatism AND social liberalism)?
    I'm actually amazed that people in MN keep voting for the two parties. The strong Republican base in most of the state seems to be grounded in the idea of smaller government. The strong Liberal Democrat base in the Twin cities seems to be based on individual freedom like gay rights, abortion, etc. Why can't a third party candidate win on that platform? Social liberalism does not have to mean raising taxes…and smaller government does not have to also include restricting personal freedom (FISA).
    Some good Libertarian candidates would do the country a whole lot of good right now…Not that Jesse is necessarily good OR libertarian.
    Barr '08 !!

    July 14, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. CollegeRepub@UA

    Can he win? Yes.

    Will he win? Maybe.

    Should he win? No.

    I agree with everyone who said that politics is a popularity contest. It's a horrible part of politics, and I hope that someday we can move past our routine of voting for the facade, instead of the candidate.

    July 14, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Ian

    When he was governor, I remember him talking about when he realized that he couldn't just run his mouth whenever he wanted. He was one of the few politians that realized he was representing the people that elected. When was the last time you heard a candidate talk like that?

    July 14, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. ProundToBeDemocrat

    jesse come on back to minnestoat, I am a democrat I might not vote for you, but you would be a great help in beating Coleman, I would rather see you be my senate than Coleman this man is so fony.

    July 14, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. GreenFrog08

    Go Jesse!!! Too many stupid comments. Jesse is a straight talker better than John McCain. McSame claimed to be a straight talker but he's too much of a politician. Jesse says whatever in his mind so people know exactly where he stands. The true hurts and people should accept what Jesse says instead of how good the other politicians say.

    July 14, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Joe

    Go Jesse. We need your voice in the Senate and need you to help straighten things out. No more earmarks, no more lobbying, vote in term limits, straiten things out please. thx.

    July 14, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Rob

    John- Minnesota is glad you left. We don't need weak kneed phoney wanna bee's up here. Jessie did exactly what was needed HE shook up the system and the Republicans and Democrats all cried foul!!! He finally got a transit system in place which the Republicans had fought forever and guess what......it is more than sucessful. Jessie is a nut job but weenies like you shouldn't be allowed to vote.....

    True Minnesotan

    July 14, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Kevin - IN

    If they could get two wrestlers to enter the race, it could be decided by a steel cage match instead of a vote :)

    July 14, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. TEXAS FOR OBAMA

    WHO CARES?

    July 14, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. maynard hopkins

    RUN JESSE RUN. I WISH YOU WERE FROM WI. YOU WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WINNING THE SEAT, YOU WOULD SHOW THE ELECTED NIT WITS WHAT A GOOD POLITICAL PERSON STANDS FOR. NOT THE TALK AROUND THE SUBJECT AND MAKE NO DICISION ABOUT IT.

    ON QUESTION FOR JESSE WERE DO YOU STAND ON ANWAR.

    July 14, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. MRK

    I lived next door to Jesse back in the day when he was running for mayor of Brooklyn Park, MN. If you think the Hogans are a dysfunctional mess, you should spend some time across the hedge from the Venturas. Let me state from my own personal experience that the man runs for office only to serve his own interests. Ran for mayor to get favorable zoning for his riverfront property. Ran for governor because he loved the attention and the profile boost that resulted in more cash coming in from WWF, personal appearances, etc. (his movie career had pretty much died by that time). He's fallen pretty far off the radar and needs a publicity boost, so he's going to cash-in on the circus that is Minnesota politics. Articulate and honest? Straight talk? Don't count on it

    July 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. DFW

    Jessie for Prez and Texas Trail Dog for VP !!!!

    July 14, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Herman in LA

    Who cares?????????????????????????????????????

    July 14, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Mary B/

    Jesse wants to be the WHOLE SHOW!!!! The idea of him being one of 100 hundred senators and the low man on the totem pole .... his ego couldn't take that. Can you see him on some committee having to do with farm prices. Doesn't the senate have a dress code? Jesse doesn't.

    And when left seen leaving Minnesota when he left office, he said he no longer speaks to the Minnesota media. How can he run for senate and not talk to any members of the Minnesota media. NOT!

    And now Jesse can take himself back to Mexico and have a few margeritas and live happily ever after.

    July 14, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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