July 14th, 2008
08:46 AM ET
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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. JIM

    Wish he was running for President that would be very interesting!!!!

    July 14, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. Alan Boyer

    Why is this news?

    July 14, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |

    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..........Maybe he won't make the deadline........I can't stand hear him talk!!!! BigThumb's Down

    July 14, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. Charlotte

    He is a muscle brain, with not much of a commitment to the job. He was lousy for Minnesota as Governor and would make a lousy Senator. People who even think about not voting in an election are stupid. We much do our civic duty and vote our conscience and hope we make the best choice. People who complain the most usually didn't even vote and thus lose their right to complain, in my opinion. I don't like Obama or McCain, so I will write Hillary on my ballot in November. It is my vote and I will cast it.

    July 14, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. scotty

    Maybe if in senate he will legalize prostitution and Pot so the Goverment can tax them thats one of the many things he wanted to do here in MN. Maybe its time. and heck its one way to help this economy

    July 14, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. Tim

    Just a bunch of grandstanding. He said that he wouldn't make a public announcement and his actual filing would be the only notification. Wonder what changed his mind?

    July 14, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. Joe M for HIllary

    Can't believe the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" has turned into the "Land of 10,000 FLAKES"! Seriously, "Golden Gophers" is the best you can do is send an ex-pro wrestler and lousy governor or a quasi comedian, Al Fanken, to represent you. From Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, you've gone to a second rate nightclub act. These are serious times and demand serious candidates.

    July 14, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. ED FL

    Thats what we need another BIG MOUTH BLOWHARD TO GO ALONG with mathews Orielly , barnicle blitzer and cafferty. We could use them to keep electrical powered windmills turning and save electricity

    July 14, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  9. Renee

    eeeewwww. He realy need to join the Hair club for men.

    July 14, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  10. Gene E

    Isn't it more than past time for this pathetic little man to vanish from public life? And why are CNN and Larry King promoting his efforts at great visability? I'd bet there aren't 500 people in the entire state of MN who want him to run or would vote for him. Exactly whom does he speak for???

    July 14, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  11. Man on the street

    Maybe us folks here in Virginia will be fortunate enough to get Ric Flair to run for office.

    July 14, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Larry WI

    I don't think Ace Ventura will hurt anyone but himself. He is a proven moron who did nothing but make a mockery of his position. Did he ever legalize prostitution in MN? He was hell bent on doing it, what a guy.

    July 14, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. Tired of W, OH

    Why not? What's a circus without a clown?

    July 14, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. Thomas

    lol. Ventra was good for Minnesota, we've been a lot worse off since he left. He kind of made 40% of Minnesota upset because he didn't allow the hard core stuff from either party. There are still a significant number of people that didn't like either party, and still don't. A lot of us think our current governor is far worse than ventura.

    I also think its funny that Al Franken is treated better than Ventura both were entertainers. Except AL Franken wasn't really funny.

    Ventura might be able to win. Franken or Ventura would be far better than our current senator.

    July 14, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Ben

    I was going to sit out this next election, due to two poor Presidential choices. If Jesse announces that he intends to run tonight on Larry King, I will be in line at a Minnesota voting station in November. Jesse is a great, no b.s. guy. I would be honored to vote for him a second time. As for my Presidential pick: "None of the above."

    July 14, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Sue CA

    TO Texas Trail Dog .---–I think you should team up with old Jessie -For President and Texas Trail Dog for Water Boy...... and then Jessie will turn on you and hit you with a Chair -2 IDIOTS

    July 14, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. Ron Feuer, Charlotte, NC

    Jesse Ventura tells it like it is! A good man!

    July 14, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Tim

    We are not a country of whiners and we are not imagining our hurt McSame. We understand your thoughts since you wife is worth $100 Million, you simply don't understand what we are going through.

    July 14, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Tony

    Jesse, Jesse, Jesse,

    Your 15 minutes in the political world were up years ago. What a joke to think he could be takn seriouosly again. HOWEVER, I live in Washington, DC and after Marion Barry's continuous drug abuse, corruption, cheating, etc., he continued to get elected by the black community, many of whom had much in common with the ex-Mayor.

    Only in America!

    July 14, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. Bill

    Jessie apply for job with Larry King .....Straight Talk........You were a horrible GOV

    July 14, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. dave g, Minneapolis

    Why is it that everyone that hates Jesse just says he ruined MN? while those that are neutral or supporters list the benefits that he brought to MN? While you may not like him, he opened the political dialog here and showed that a candidate that didn't fit into the standard parties could actually bring a new political message (fiscal conservatism AND social liberalism)?

    I'm actually amazed that people in MN keep voting for the two parties. The strong Republican base in most of the state seems to be grounded in the idea of smaller government. The strong Liberal Democrat base in the Twin cities seems to be based on individual freedom like gay rights, abortion, etc. Why can't a third party candidate win on that platform? Social liberalism does not have to mean raising taxes...and smaller government does not have to also include restricting personal freedom (FISA).

    Some good Libertarian candidates would do the country a whole lot of good right now...Not that Jesse is necessarily good OR libertarian.

    Barr '08 !!

    July 14, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. Phil in KC

    God, I hope not. Surely the people of MN have more sense than to elect him again. I couldn't believe he got elected to Governor. It would be interesting to see whom he would hurt more, though.

    July 14, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  23. Tony


    I have top agree with you. Americans are the laziest, most apathetic, whiny, complaining people in th world.

    Just look at reality t.v. and the ratings, sale of tablopid papers, the way they react to celebrities, etc.. Pathetic Americans.

    Only in America could Gilerbert Arenas make $111 million dollars for throwing a ball through a hoop, and so many other athletes and celebrities make the millions they make for only a few months work.

    America! Land of the free, Home of the INSANE!

    July 14, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Soda Berra

    How'dVentura get a sitting with Larry King? Between the psychic kids and the UFO hunters, Larry is usually pretty booked up.

    July 14, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Charles

    Go Jesse go, go Jesse Go, in the water, smegma-cum-louder, Go Jesse Go. I want to see al Crankem squirm, that tax evader, that scum bogg, I" ll accept either of the too guys.

    July 14, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
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