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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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. H-ROD

    I COULDN'T GET IN ON THE OBAMA AND THE NEW YORKER PAGE SO I'LL POST MY COMMENT HERE.. THE COMMENTS WERE NOT BAD MOST AMERICANS THROUGHT THE NEW YORKER COVER WAS IN BAD TASTE. AND OF COUSE ALL JOHN MCCAIN RACIST TYPES LOVED IT, BUT THANK GOD MOST AMERICANS GET IT, THATS NOT OBAMA OR MICHELLE,. AND IF THATS ALL THEY ARE GOING TO COME WIITH, THEY LOST ALLREADY , BECAUSE COVERS LIKE THAT WILL NOT LOWER THE PRICE OF GAS ONE CENT !!! (YES OBAMA CAN)

    July 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. mrkusn

    Jesse is past his prime. Maybe he should run as the GOP candidate for President.

    July 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Robert-CA

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!

    He would be a breath of fresh air in the senate. I don't think he can pull it off, unfortunately. He did in '98 though, so we shall see!

    July 14, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Dr.No

    ever take steroids,jesse?it affects your phsyche.

    July 14, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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