July 14th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
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Ventura to announce if he's running for Senate on Larry King

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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. Kevin

    SO WHAT????????????????????????????????????????

    July 13, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. John

    I am so glad I moved from Minnesota. Jesse pretty muched ruined the MN economy with his Jesse-bribe checks (a refund of money that was sorely missed the next year). The problem with politics as a whole is that people run because they are rock stars (Clintons, Obama, Jesse, Arnold...an on and on) and not because they have real solutions to problems. Who has offered a real solution to the health insurance crisis? Nobody. Who has offered a real solution to the war in Iraq? Nobody. Who has real solutions to American problems? Not one of our politicians. We need guys like Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Martin Luther King to come back from the grave and shake these shady characters who are running (ruining?) our country by the throat.

    July 13, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Jesse Ventura is tantamount to a conspiracy theorist nut job

    July 13, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. jmac

    This would be a neat race to watch, especially the first time Franken gets snotty with Jesse and Jesse throws the weasel out the door. Anybody going to that debate really needs to take a camera along.

    July 13, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. JT

    This would essetially seal the deal for Coleman's re-election because Ventura and Franken would split all the "democrat" votes. They agree on just about everything.

    July 13, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. Connie

    Jesse is such a great opinionated American, the last time I seen him on Larry king he said he was not voting for president. Yea this is a guy I want helping to run this country. Jesse just stay home with the other Jesse you are both washed up has beens.

    Connie from Indiana

    July 13, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    I think he should get a haircut and run... I like Al Frankin, and he'll probably win. Norm Coleman is a pompous idiot and it would be nice to see him go down in flames.

    Hey Jan From Boca Raton, Fl: I've noticed you need to get a word in on just about every story on the Ticker all day long... and you STILL have time to run one of the biggest Country Clubs in FL? Right... Are you being paid by the Republican party to post on every Ticker, or are they getting you to do it for free? You have NO argument other than VOTE REPUBLICAN...VOTE MCCAIN. Lame...

    Regurgitating the party line is what got our nation into the current mess it's in, thanks to Dubya's hubris policy of having nobody disagree with him. I can think for myself, being an independent... but YOUR posted comments prove the Republican Party does all the thinking for you. Hmmm... Obamatron... Republitron... hmmm, I guess that concept works both ways. Break the mold and include some facts/reasoning in your comments, or get off the line... you're taking up valuable 1st Amendment space.

    July 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. JOEL


    July 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Jeff, North Dakota

    Run, Jesse, run! We need people who know and speak the truth!

    July 13, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Dan Wright

    Jesse Ventura would be the only one in the race with military experience. He appointed what are regarded as the best judges in Minnesota. He picked both dems and repubs. He is a fiscal conservative, social liberal. Who would be better? George Bush's "lick spittle" or another lame comedian from snl.

    July 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. lma

    Spare me another Jesse Ventura era. He is a nobody who has convinced people here in MInnesota that he is an "alternative". He is nothing more than a novelty. No brainpower, tons of ego, lousy hair. Bad combination. The only salvation this time around is that, if elected, he is only one of 100. It was horrible when he was governor.

    July 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  12. Western Voter

    Isn't it interesting that in our democracy, the voters actually take no responsibility for the outcomes?

    American voters take so little responsibility for the outcomes of electuions that this fool could actually win a US Senate seat in a state that once elected giants like Mondale and Hubert Humphrey.

    And we wonder why our country is in such a mess. Give me a break.

    Why not Ventura for preseident...could not be much different from Bush-Cheney...and we survived that. OR DID WE?

    July 13, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. Jack

    I like the independent spirit that Jesse Ventura brings. But for God's sake Jesse, fix yourself up before running for anything! You are scaring my kids!

    July 13, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. Susan

    Jesse is so far past his time zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    July 13, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. Southern MN

    Who cares?? Well, those of us wanting to get rid of Coleman care! There are enough idiots in our state that will vote for Jesse and not Franken – therefore giving Coleman a free ride....

    It is sad, really.

    Jesse has become a freak. Who goes on Larry King to say you ARE NOT going to run.......he is in,

    July 13, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. mike059

    I voted for him in 98'
    Good times for sure.
    Electing the dark horse was quite a thrill.

    Jesse is a bit out there but I am so tired of the same old politcal suits running and ruining things I would give him another shot..BONUS.....
    He want's out of Iraq yesterday and really dislikes Bush.

    July 13, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  17. Robert P.

    @ John

    Ronald Reagan? You've got to be kidding me! What real solution did he ever offer? What did he accomplish besides running up a debt the Clinton had to clean up. Somebody's got to stop this myth of Ronald Reagan being a great president. Please!

    July 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. mike Brown

    ronald reagan wasn't a rock star??

    July 13, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  19. Matt

    uh isnt Jesse Ventura unintelligent? i've seen him on a handful of shows and appearances, and he doesn't seem to swift. and to the comment about obama and clinton being rock stars...not exactly. seriously obama wasn't a rock star until he started running, so you should kind of think about stuff like that before saying it.

    July 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. adm

    Who Cares????

    July 13, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. johnny


    July 13, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. McBush = Nearing the end of an erosion cycle

    He is a rattle brain didn't he got his head injured ? ????

    July 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Let me guess....

    "Change We Can Believe In" HA HA HA


    July 13, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. dEMOBRAT

    Give this guy a haircut!

    July 13, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. tim

    I listened to Ventura on Larry King the other day, and I think he might be taking crazy pills

    July 13, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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