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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/14/art.ventura.ap.jpg caption="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. John

    I k now he is running as an independent, but Ventura is really a Republican, right? Him running will certainly cost more votes from Franken than from the incumbant.

    July 14, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    John, you are the problem for our Country because you are blind and hatred. The Clintons are not rock stars, they dedicated their whole lives in politics and worked for our Country. Are you a stupid Republican or dishonest American? You didn't say anthing about Bush-Cheney, if you worry about our Country, isn't that funny? Did you vote for candidate who is the most qualified this year? I don't think so. Sorry, you will never have the real politician as long as you don't vote for the right candidate.

    July 14, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Didn't I hear the 'Great Jesse' say that he was living in Mexico for awhile!! Yes, Oh Great Seal, God Bless America?????????
    A nation of 300 plus million people and the choices are usually between two party candidates. DISTURBING!!!!

    July 14, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. matt

    jesse ventura should hit al franken with a chair.

    July 14, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  5. Frustrated Minnesotan

    I grew up in Minnesota and now I live in Chicago, but I still vote in Minnesota. I chose to keep my legal residence in Minnesota so I could kick Norm Coleman out of office. If Jessie wins, I will officially no longer consider myself a Minnesotan and I will change my residence to Illinois. Jessie ruined the state 6 years ago, we cannot let him do that again!

    July 14, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. xddy4u

    Ventura on Larry King's show? Like who cares what that nut does.
    Now to something more interesting.
    To John, who commented:
    "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.".....
    "We need guys like Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Martin Luther King to come back ".
    Obama was as unknown to the American people at first. Now he's known world wide. He became an icon after he entered the race, not before it. Only Reagan was a household name (an icon) when he entered politices. Lincoln and Martin Luther King, like Obama were unknowns at the start of their campaign in national affairs. So John please get your facts straight. Speak out of knowledge and not out of anger.

    July 14, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |

    Bravo John!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You're right on the point.I totally agree with you!

    July 14, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |


    July 14, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  9. Vigla

    John, Old Ronnie boy didn't offer us anything either. He just helped sow the seeds for the problems we face today. Corporate greed, rich getting richer, every man for himself. That's the conservative mantra, you know...an unregulated, every man for himself wild west. In that environment, the rich can just keep on messing with the poor and make sure THEIR agenda goes through.

    Last time ANY politician did anything of value for the average man was FDR...not old Ronnie boy. Now, we haven't had a real honest to goodness progressive as President since FDR because conservatives keep telling us they are scary and we believe them. I think they have had their chance since 1980. Since 1980, Democrats (not progressives mind you) held both congress and the Presidency only 2 years, 93 and 94. In those 2 years we got the only piece of legislation that was useful. The balanced budget act of 93 and it was successful despite Republican objection.

    How about we give Democrats a chance for the first time in almost 30 years, huh?

    July 14, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to John:


    You mean the guy who touched off the biggest deficit of all-time, continued by Bush, Sr. and then broken by Bush, Jr.?!?!?!?! They guy who can't "remember" anything? The guy who gave Hezbollah credibility when he ran from Beirut in '83?!?!

    You're a big thinker, aren't you?!

    And Lincoln? He freed the slaves but was against giving them civil rights?!

    Are you the first to walk erect in your family?!

    July 14, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  11. Vigla

    ...by Democrats, I mean PROGRESSIVE Democrats...

    July 14, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. California Gold

    Matt wrote, "jesse ventura should hit al franken with a chair."

    Matt, I think you may be on to something. Project that visual on the Senate floor. Jesse Ventura arrives on the floor, complete with those goofy pro-wrestler mask, tights, maybe a cape for good measure, then proceeds to debate by hitting others over the head with a chair.

    July 14, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. Scott

    why not run for President?

    July 14, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  14. Chuck

    I have to agree with the responses to Johns post, although in a way I don't totally disagree with his point. John listed the Clintons, Obama, Ventura, & Arnold as "rock star" style candidates, and listed Reagan as someone he longed for – missing the irony that Reagan built his career as an actor. Just as big a problem with JOhn's post is that he fails to see that people like McCain & John Kerry use celebrity status (and large amounts of wealth) as war heroes to get into politics, too. while you can argue their records as politicians, you can't argue that they used public notoriety to succeed in politics. Frankly Hilary Clinton was the same thing – using her fame as a first lady to cherry pick a senate seat and launch a campaign for president. But if john was talking about Bill Clinton, I'm not sure how that's accurate – he built a record of public service. And Obama? How does he fit this description? It seems like he's a lifelong public servant with a gift for charismatic public speaking. He's educated and affluent, but worked in poor neighborhoods in Chicago. I don't know that I think he's going to be a great president or anything, and I undrestand people may disagree with his voting record, but it seems like he's the opposite of the kind of "rock star" polictian, and exaclty the type of politician this country has been searching for – hence his popularity.

    July 14, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  15. chris

    Maybe CNN should get their facts straight for this story. He didn't seek a 2nd term as Gov. because his wife had a bad medical condition.

    July 14, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  16. Ian M

    Why? He's a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and a horrible governor.

    July 14, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  17. CD

    "Jesse throws the weasel out the door."?

    What is this high school?

    Jesse lays a hand on Franken and he'll find himself in jail like any other low life.

    July 14, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  18. Tannim

    Amazing, the moronic comments on here. People don't know a good thing when they see it.

    FACT: Jesse beat Coleman before and can do it again.
    FACT: Jesse didn't ruin the MN economy, the Demoncrats and Repulsivecons did it.
    FACT: With Jesse you know where he stands. Just listen to him and read his books. With Coleman, you know where he flip-flops.
    FACT: Franken is a joke in more ways than one.

    Run, Jesse, and shake up these fools...again!

    July 14, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  19. mike

    jesse would have my vote he speaks his mind and thats a welcome thing in CHANGE politics.

    July 14, 2008 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    So Jesse runs let the voters decide.
    They will know what he did did not do and what other candidates might be able to deliver on in the senate relevant to thier needs in Minnesota.
    Its worth a tiny note buried somewhere in the middle of a newspaper and certinly not the top billing it gets on this web site.

    July 14, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  21. Chadillac

    wait, why does Jesse need a haircut??

    July 14, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
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    July 14, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  23. Sid Badakhsh

    Good for Jesse. He is articulate and honest as opposed to all of these other guys who are on the payrole of Oil companies, insurance companies, Banks, etc....

    July 14, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  24. Surafel

    This country need Jesse Ventura spirit, thats a straight talk, and i know he is not like Obama, who by the way flip around his ideas to fit in to others. Jesse will do what he say he will do. I was hoping he will run for President of United State. I bet Jesse will win, taking Obama's flip and McCain age.

    July 14, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  25. Walt, Belton,TX

    Just what is needed in Washington, DC - more mediocracy!

    July 14, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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