July 9th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Ventura says he'll reveal Senate decision next week

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(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. raw is war

    The Body in The Senate!? OOHHH YYEEAAA!

    July 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Dr. Earl Brian

    We don't need Jesse (or MInnesota) and different ideas. What we need is more of the same. Anyone who tries to enter the political arena with any different ideas at all should be immediately dismissed and not permitted to hold office.
    We need things to continue in this country exactly as they are, because things are going so well for everyone.
    Different ideas should never, ever be tolerated. We don't need any changes at all to the way things are.

    July 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Peter E

    As long as he's neither a democrat or a republican he starts on a positive ground with me!

    July 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Willy

    2 book ends running.

    July 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. bernj

    Ventura is brain dead.

    July 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Mark in MN

    Get a life, Jesse! Somewhere outside of politics.

    July 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. George

    This guy needs to go back under the rock he came from. If he is elected to the Senate, then Mickey Mouse should run next time.

    July 9, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. dan

    at least he loves this countries people. he shows it in his tough talk.

    July 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Jer

    The people here that say he is a clown do you have any basis or is it just because he was a wrestler? Most of the ideas he has are what America was based on. There should always be a third party candidate or more. Why just have dem and rep? I don't agree with the democrats over spending of my tax money (even though no one could be worse then Bush with spending) and don't agree with the republicans on social issues. I wish he would not run for the Senate but run for president. Even if it was just to bring attention to third parties and the fact that the two parties now are destroying the country.

    July 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. LOL

    Ventura holds at latest poll about a quarter of the voter base.

    That would destroy franken. If ventura enters this race, it will be either Coleman or Ventura.

    July 9, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. lovable liberal

    Just what we need in the Senate, a pro-steroid vote.

    July 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. 10,000 MN lakerboy

    Jesse might be as good as Franken but so would Dog the Bounty Hunter and even Elmer Fudd. Coleman should win handily.

    July 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Jim

    Jesse, GO AWAY... for reals dude. Forever. Just go away.
    Jim, Minneapolis

    July 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Jessie_Stop-Dying_Your-Hair

    Let your hair go back to it's silver. You look better and more polished instead of the Hair Club for Men look.

    July 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Jerry in Boston

    To all the idiots here who actually believe that 9/11 was an orchestrated inside job....

    Why don't you actually do some OBJECTIVE rational research instead of believing all the selective, paranoid garbage on the internet?

    There is a cottage industry of this nonsense online and they PROFIT from your gullibilty. Stop being such morons.

    Quite apart from the mountain of scientific and forensic evidence that generally supports the official version of events on that tragic day, do you have ANY idea how many people would have to be involved for your ideas to be kept a secret? Have you ever thought about how unlikely it is that the otherwise grossly incompetent Bush administration, could pull off something so mindbogglingly complicated as the accusations bandied about by conspiracy nutjobs?

    I don't know why I bother, because peple like you will NEVER admit it when your theories are disproved. You just move on to some other flimsy BS. It really is a sad indictment of society that there are so many gullible morons out there.

    July 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Evan

    I don't pretend to know what your Governor does so please don't refer to my former governor as a joke when you have no frame of reference.

    That fact is, Governor Ventura did a great job in Minnesota. As one of the only true talking politicians to actually get elected in the modern era, he did exactly what he said he would. He told the citizens when he thought they were wrong, and he usually ended up being right. The only reason he didn't stick it out was because the media was hounding his every move and sticking it to him every time he made a mistake or gave his opinion (playboy interview anyone? He is entitled to his opinion)

    I think he would well represent the state of Minnesota as a true voice of the people. And no, we're not crazy for electing him, we just like a breath of fresh air once in a while. You should get out of your little 2 party shells, it gets kind of stuffy.

    July 9, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Danny

    Jesse, We do not need you. Just go away.

    July 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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