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. Peter

    Oh my god, did I see someone (John) put Ronald Regan in the same pantheon as Lincoln and Luther King, particular in regards for having substance and now just show. Wow. Ronald "Alzheimer's" Regan, a former actor, was about the most "all talk and no substance" President. Ever.

    July 14, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Jesse is and idiot. And FDR was too, during his term he and his cronies knowingly allowed Pearl Harbor to be bommed by the Japs because they wanted to get us in the war and they knew that this was the only way that the American people would get totally behind the war effort. Ronald Regan instilled the American sprit in most all of us. Jobs were created and our hostages were freed. He also re-built our military and by the way we are still reaping the benefits of his two terms in office. The only thing Bill gave us was giving away our jobs to outher countries in South America and Mexico, (NAFTA). And, yes we are still paying for that too. Our borders were wide open and he also had a chance to capture bin Laden but would not act upon this chance. And Bill doesn't even know what sexual relations are even though he had been, and probably still is, having them with other women since he was gov. So Jesse will not be elected Senator from Mn nor should he be, but I'll leave that up to the good people of Mn. It's ultimately their choice.

    July 14, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. JoanG

    Can Jesse really work with anybody? 99 other prima donas? Wrong man for the job.

    July 14, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Oh Yea!

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

    July 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. SIMP

    Are you serious? Why in the world would any body want this big mouth, biker looking, loud mouth thing as U.S.senator? This is so hilarious.

    July 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Pat


    July 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. No Jesse

    I doubt that many of the Jesse supporters in these postings lived in MN when Jesse was Governor which would account for the enthusiasm they have for him – try living in the same state as this guy.

    July 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Ms C

    get a life man!

    July 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. PSK

    Get a little fame and people think the world will clamor for their "intellectual" guidance. If you MUST pontificate, try inviting friends & family over for a barbeque, Jesse- it'll be a lot cheaper.

    Hint to men who decide coloring their hair is going to make them look younger: IT DOES NOT- at least try a lighter shade, man-

    July 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Ms C

    Why all of a sudden everybody wants some type of attention.

    July 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Claus Koenig

    Finally somebody with common sense. The Senate session will be more interesting.

    July 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    Why is this man getting so much coverage? He belongs with Imus and Limbaugh.

    July 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Only in MN.....only in MN

    July 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Tennessee Mike

    I hope he runs.

    July 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. FEDUP

    WE need Hulk Hogan to balance the power...

    July 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Why is it when the democrats are poised to win the republicans always talk so nut job into running against the dem to split the vote. I'm from Minnesota and I wouldn't vote for Jesse now for a lot of money.

    Why don't the republicans find some other rock star type to run against obama and his rock star status.Now that would be a good idea.

    July 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Bridgette-PA



    July 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. dave g, Minneapolis

    Of course, he is not going to run.
    He'll spend the hour talking about his new book, and at the end of the interview say that he has an important announcement. "I am NOT running, I don't want to be part of the goonery politics that America has become and will return to Mexico."

    Or, he'll file the paperwork and spend the next few months scaring Franken and Coleman and laughing all the way home.

    July 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Joe - Chicago, IL

    This has the makings of a cheesy joke.

    So a commedian, an ex-pro wrestler and a republican walk into a bar...

    But hey, at least it wont be as bad as California's Govonor's election.

    July 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Mike M.Majmundar

    I don't understand why CNN or any other News Organizations give this man such a visibility. In my opinion he is a useless individual with no principle except criticizing anything and everything. I think he became Governor by fluke and has no place in any decision making position.

    July 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Danny


    If you DON'T run, I'll buy your book.

    July 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. chaz

    I hope not. If he does you can guarantee a Republican victory. I for one am tired of the Corporate Socialist Party.

    July 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Go Jesse

    Jesse you should run for president and Texas Trail Dog as VP

    July 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. v

    Didn't Bush give us bribe money in the form of rebates? Money that is sorely missed now?

    He had a difficult time as Gov because both political parties turned against him in favor of saving their own arses. An independent, is the threat to both parties and surely will get them to work together until they can oust em and then it's back to politics as usual for both the dems and repubs.

    He has good ideas if one listens. The reason congress is broken is because it's beholden to business wishes. They essentially buy our representives vote in their favor. There has to be a balance between serving the people and serving business and right now it's not happening. Take the money out of politics or we will destroy ourselves.

    July 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Janice

    Ventura's only reason for running for Senate is to help him make money for himself in the long run. He's said as much. His "ride" on his stint as governor is starting to run out of steam – that's all.

    He'd be announcing his run for Senate on the state Capitol grounds or in his hometown in Minnesota – and not on Larry King if he cared about the state. You know who first refused to take the state budget (when there was a surplus) and invest it in transportation repairs – Jesse. Things went downhill faster when Jesse left office with Pawlenty coming in – but the neglect of the state started with Jesse.

    Whether you agree with Franken or Coleman – at least in their own way they may care about the state of Minnesota – although with Coleman I personally have my doubts.

    Jesse cares only about his entertainment value, his ego, and his standing invitation to appear on Larry King.

    July 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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