Coleman dismisses chance of Ventura taking him on for U.S. Senate seat

Associated Press
April 18, 2008

ST. PAUL - Republican Norm Coleman is discounting the possibility of Jesse Ventura entering the race for U.S. Senate, as the former third-party Minnesota governor has suggested during his book tour.

During a Minnesota Public Radio call-in show Friday, Coleman blew off the notion Ventura would take him on. Coleman said Ventura is merely trying to sell books.

He said Minnesota voters would look at a Ventura candidacy differently this time around.

"We've seen that movie," he said. "I do not think the box office for the sequel would be very large."

Ventura beat Coleman and a Democratic candidate in 1998 en route to the governor's office. Coleman won his Senate seat in 2002, the last year of Ventura's rocky term as governor.

In his own MPR appearance this week, Democratic front-runner Al Franken also dismissed a Ventura bid as a book-promotion ploy.

Ventura told The Associated Press last month that "you never say never" about an independent Senate campaign.

Coleman's hourlong appearance on MPR covered his well-documented stances on issues from the Iraq war to oil drilling in Alaska. The senator also:

  • Said he doesn't see a boycott of this summer's Olympics in Beijing as an effective way to pressure China to change its human rights record in Tibet.
  • Disagreed with Franken's proposal to roll back past income tax cuts for top earners. Still, Coleman refused to take a hard line on the tax issue. "I'm not going to make a pledge to no taxes," he said.
  • Invited presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain to join him on the campaign trail. Asked whether he'd want President Bush to travel to Minnesota on his behalf, Coleman demurred. "I don't think he's going to be out campaigning for me," Coleman said, adding that he'd be "thrilled" if Bush raised money for him.

Wednesday April 2, 2008

Alex Jones speaks with Jesse Ventura who has written a book where he reveals the illegal role (his initial meeting with agents who would not identify themselves to him) of the CIA in states like Minnesota, sensitive and up-to-date information on the Blackwater security firm, the story of the American spies who shadowed him on a trade mission to Cuba, and what Fidel Castro told him about who really assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

(22 Minutes - 7 Meg)

I received my copy of Gov. Ventura's new book yesterday

The publisher sent me a free copy after I emailed him trying to connect with the Governor.

I did not ask for a copy, btw, but will read it. I'm already reading four books, so I will have to decide if I'm going to suspend reading some of those or try to read five at once.

Just thinking about that makes my head hurt.


I think Gov. Ventura should run for the Senate and I think we should encourage him to.

Thanks for all your hard work, AJFan, you make a very solid and important contribution with all of the media that you provide us with and I am very grateful for that.

I look forward to meeting you in person sometime.


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I read Gov. Ventura's book over the weekend....

....and it's very, very good, IMO....a fast, straight forward, entertaining page-turner....lots of great stories....and lots of common sense wisdom on how to address what's wrong with our government.

JFK, CIA, Castro, 9/11, China, the Media, BushCo's Lies....the Governor gets to many topics on the minds of us all; I bet he speaks for millions...too bad it's too late for him to make an independent presidential run; he'd have my support.....

I highly recommend it.

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