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. California Gold

    I watched Jesse Ventura a few weeks ago when he was on Larry King. Think he's taken a few too many blows to the head. He sat there with facial twitches and head jerks. When he opened his mouth all he kept saying was John McCain is too old to get a job in Washington (civil service and private sector) so he's too old to be President. And angry: no matter the subject he was angry. What a nut job: he sat there twitching and head jerking, angry about John McCain being too old to run for President.

    And he wants thinks he is up to the job of being a Congressman? He's a one man freak show.

    July 13, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Texas Trail Dog

    That's just what we need. Another dumb rear running for public office. OBAMA here's you a good VP. He's your types. Both ignorant.

    July 13, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. Voter

    Why not? This election is already Amateur Hour.

    July 13, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |

    I think he should don his tights and get back into the wrestling ring....not the political ring !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Will 18E

    Give Us a break Jesse. You were a one term wonder, who did not have the eggs for a second term. So if you do not get your way in congress will we expect you to pack up and quit again?

    July 13, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. mike


    You should really read or watch news instead of just venting, Arnold's done a great job as governor or CA, and what exactly is this "health insurance crisis", but red-herring Clinton invention that fell flatter than a flounder. Obama offers a solution to Iraq. Your zombie-army of past politicians were much "shadier" than those (-Clinton) you denounce today.

    July 13, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. Willie C Branagan

    I think Mr. Ventura should maintain a presence in government. I think he should run at a US Senator. I appreciate his values and his record as Governor of Minnesota. He's a strong independent, and I think his opinions should be heard

    July 13, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. ron

    It would be uber-lame for Jesse to go on Larry King and say he's NOT running, but I think most folks up her are tired of him. Franken better hope he does though, because he will lose to Coleman otherwise. Which would be quite an achievement in our currrent political environment.

    July 13, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. Wendy

    jerk. igonorant. want a be. no substance.
    Sorry but I lived in MN when Jesse was voted in as the Govenor, What a low point in my life... equal to GWB being re-elected!!! Jesse needs to take his simple comments, brain. and body to a resort and rest. He is a professional wrestler in a suit. Do Not take this man seriously....I lived it and he is a miserabe A sad joke that had short term power!!!!! Don't make the mistake again...He needs to be dismissed!!!

    July 13, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. John Huggens

    If you check out Obama's website you will see solutions right there that he has for the problems you listed. Whether or not he will follow them, well, thats the risk you take when you pull the switch to vote. But at least, he's got some answers...

    July 13, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. Lee

    I haven't seen a picture of Jesse lately. Looks like he's lost some weight. Being from Minnesota, I can't imagine why he's entering the race. He was an interesting governor, but not at all successful. For him, I think it's more about freshening up his image and keeping in the spotlight. This will generate some media coverage for him. I really don't think he stands a chance. Politics, for him, isn't any more real than pro wrestling. It's all showmanship.

    July 13, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain OH

    He should run for president- he has more experience and integrity then obama.

    Jesse Rocks!!!! Get em man.

    Hillary 2012.

    July 13, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  13. D

    If Jesse enters the race, he will be a non-starter. We Minnesotans know better than to vote for a crazy twice.

    Fool me once, shame on me....

    July 13, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. Frantz (Atlanta)

    who cares?

    July 13, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Ventura in means Dems lose out on opportunity to take Rep seat.
    But, wouldn't you like to see Ventura and Lindsy Graham get into a debate ont he Senate floor. Or, Brownback?

    July 13, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Larry

    Scary is all I can say. Scary.

    July 14, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Thug Wrestler for Al Franken

    Jesse couldn't even muster his annual dues to our Thug Wrestler's Club ... how will he deal with the real economic problems of our country?

    July 14, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Josh

    John, you didn't actually just mention Ronald Reagan in the same sentence as Abraham Lincoln and MLK, did you?

    July 14, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Kevin

    Maybe he'd pooch a few things, but what has GWB and Clinton done for us? Screwed up the global economy and trysts in the oval office. Forget the US Senate; Ventura as President would be a hoot. Then we could all have "My Leader can suplex Your Leader" bumper stickers.

    July 14, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. Rick

    Jesse Ventura will certainly mix up the pot if he jumps into the race. Can anyone imagine Ventura debating the likes of Harry Reid or John McCain or even Jim Webb (Webb vs. Ventura might even have people watching C-SPAN as they should). Also to John...look up Ron Paul and you might be surprised at what ideas/solutions he has proposed.

    July 14, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. dennis

    with obama for president why not another nut in politics

    July 14, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Rave

    This guy wants to heal the world with his stupidity and ridiculous statements... He is an incredible A_Hole
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 14, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. mona witherill

    I would like to be the first to host an event for his return to Minnesota politics "not as usual" –

    July 14, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Marge Hibbing Mn

    He won't get the nod in Minnesota...he better leave well enough alone. Everyone in my neck of Minnesota says they won't vote for him.

    July 14, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  25. Philly Abe

    John, I think it is funny that you cite Ronald Reagan as someone who needs to "come back from the grave and shake these shady characters who are running (ruining?) our country". I would argue that he is the original "Rock Star (a more fitting term would be "movie star") president.

    Also, comparing Bonzo to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King is laughable. Just because you were doing well in the 80's, doesn't mean he was a good president.

    Back to the point of this 'Ticker' post, I think Minnesota and our country as a whole could benefit from having political diversity. If Jesse runs this year, I will send him money from Pennsylvania just because he is neither Elephant nor Donkey.

    July 14, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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