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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  1. osage

    This is what Democracy is about. We all have our preference, but I'm a firm believer in genuine competition as a means for keeping all politicians as honest and as responsive to the will of the people they represent as possible. Jesse Ventura can't be any worse than George W. Bush or any number of men and women currently acting too much like politicians and too little like public servants.

    July 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Donna in ID

    Yes Jim a lot of people do wish he had stepped up to run for Pres.
    Way better than anyone we have running now.

    July 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Raymond Duke

    Venture might as well run for the senate for minnesota. This state has been over run by nut jobs far left. They have already elected muslims in the state. Look at the idiot he is running against, Al Franken. The good people in minnesota need to turn out and vote and take their state back from the far left. To anybody intelligent this state has become the laughing stock of the country. California still edges them out with the nut cases in office though.

    July 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. AA

    I would never vote for John McCain. And I will not be watching the
    republican convention. I will be watching the democratic convention.
    Republicans like to show off their money, McCain treats women like crap, republicans are bigoted. There is no reason for me to vote for a republican.

    July 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Cyrus - NY

    No one gives a flying rat's anatomy!

    July 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. smile!!!!

    this guy should try out at the Greatest Show on Earth.....Barnum & Bailey Circus

    July 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Unshrub

    He had his chance when he was governor and he demonstrated his eqo was stronger than his intelligence.

    July 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Jeffrey Alan

    It's too bad he won't run for President because the US needs an independent leader who won't be a puppet for the corporations and really "big" money. Unfortunately many voters in the US think there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. Pretty sad.........as your soldiers and kids will be in the middle east for the next 20 years bankrupting your country all because of 16 boxcutters. When will the average Joe in the US finally wake up and start asking a few more questions instead of being told what to think. Not to worry though because I'm sure a new study will come up that will support taking a new pill that will enable Americans to use their brains again and doctors for the pharmaceutical industry will recommend starting you on it when your 4 years old.

    July 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. the truth twisted

    Yeah, New Yorker Mag cover. A good strong satire keeps one looking for the truth if anyone is really interested. Let's not P.C. into self destruction. Agitate, Aaitate and agitate, thats how the laundry comes clean. Horrays again for pushing the envelope. I Laughed with joy when I saw the images. Obama will get the vote in November.

    July 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Dr.No

    not a good year for you,jesse.as an independent,i know that the best way to start solving our problems,will be a full boat of democrats in congress and a dem pres. obama.getting as many republicans out of office as possible,is job 1,if we want a working government.you said yourself,you only want in to stir things up.we dont need that ,at this time.we need cooperation in our government,not grid-lock.why dont you take over for dog the bounty hunter ,or something like that.

    July 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. James Carville

    After a disasterous 4 years as Governor, it is clear that Minnesota has no love for Jesse Ventura, and would not elect him dog-catcher, much less Senator for his State (arguably a much more important position than Governor, anyway).

    So unelss Ventura is as deluded as Nader, the only reason he would run is as a spoiler in the race.

    Al Franken's campaign has yet to take hold, perhaps because the people of Minnesota are wary of celebrity actor candidates after the Ventura debacle. At the present time, it looks like Norm Coleman will narrowly defeat Franken in the fall, despite Franken's increasingly desperate and vicious attacks on Coleman.

    It would benefit Franken if some Coleman voters could be peeled off, as it might give Franken a narrow margin of victory.

    Clearly, the Franken people are funding Ventura and persuading him to run.

    This should give the people of Minnesota an idea of the type of man Al Franken is (in addition to being a closet homophobe).

    July 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. James Carville

    FYI, Both Ventura and Franken have one thing in common:

    They are both former wrestlers.

    July 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Matt, Minneapolis, MN

    Ventrua's a Nut. We don't want or need a short tempered, ill educated conspiracy theorist who is a patholigcial liar in in the Senate. Not that he'd be much different than many of the other patholigical liars in the senate, it's just he would be representing my state. He hasn't lived here for the most part in the last 6 years. What makes him think he represents MN. Snowbirds fly south for the winter not east.

    July 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Joe

    Has it really come down to this? I mean, really!! This guy thinks he deserves to be a US Senator? What next??

    July 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Denise Groves

    If MN want him, why not?

    July 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Adam Smith TX, USA

    Ventura can only be a spoiler for Coleman! Thank God he IS running.

    Obama – Clinton 08

    July 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Sue

    No, Jesse, please don't run for the Senate. Think about spreading your poison to the entire country. Not good.

    July 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Thank God, I live in Virginia.

    Thank God there are 49 other states to run to.

    July 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. jodi

    dear lord, the last thing we need is Jesse running again. He was a lousy governor, and would be a worse senator.

    I am voting for Franken simply because he isn't Colemon. Good ol Norm never did anything but lick Bush butt. Him and Pawlenty need to GO. I cannot abide lick spittles and Norm is nothing but.

    and why does anyone not from MN care... some of you people just need to go get yourselves a life. You know, where you leave the house and meet people that are not behind a computer screen.

    July 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. I Can't HEAR YA!!!

    Texas Trail Dog for President ........WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
    Ventura Vp..........Worse Person

    Jesse Hit Mccain with a CHAIR!!!!

    July 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Gayle

    Jesse For President

    Texas Trail Dog for VP

    VOTE for WORSE and WORST Person in yhe world

    July 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. DJ Los Angeles

    If he couldn't even handle running for re-election as Governor of MN – how could he handle the pressure of being a U.S. Senator?

    July 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Dr.No

    well said carl from mi.!i hope boca raton 'jan' doesnt meet up with 'texas trail dog'.can you imagine their offspring?nosepickers!

    July 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Dru I.

    While I understand some people's distaste for Jesse, he was a breath of fresh air in MN politics. Just having a viable choice that wasn't a Rep/Dem on the ticket encouraged a great deal of my colleagues to get off their lazy collective backends and vote.

    Even if people are only motivated to vote to keep him *out* of office, at least they're motivated.

    Me? I'll vote for him, because Coleman is a bad choice, and Franken hasn't convinced me he's any better. He's been willing to call a spade a spade, even if it did look like he was digging his own grave with it. The gov't seats are held by people too cowardly to say what they really think, for fear of losing their jobs or offending "public sensibility". it's time to clean that garbage up – yes, even if it means having a non-genius in office.

    July 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Derrick

    Jess Ventura only cares about himself. Look how rediculous this man looks and he wants to be a US Senator?? What a joke!!! I think he has taken to many blows to the head. What other reason would he have for shaking his head so much when he talks. That man's a self centered dingbat!

    July 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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