Jesse Ventura for Senate?

Perhaps Jesse Ventura is more interested in a Senate run than in a presidential one. From KARE TV:

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura said he “may” file the necessary papers to run for the U.S. Senate in the November election.

If he doesn’t, his former campaign manager will.

Both are hinting at a run against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and likely Democratic candidate Al Franken this fall. The only question seems to be: Will it be Ventura, or the man who helped him become governor?

Ventura’s former campaign manager, Dean Barkley, now works as a bus driver and gardens as a hobby.

“Ear to the dirt, listening to the pulse of the people,” he joked Thursday.

But Barkley, who was appointed to the Senate for 62 days after Paul Wellstone died in 2002, said he is serious about going to Washignton again.

“I don’t like either of the candidates out there,” he said. “And if no one else will do it, I will.”

Video located here.

H/T to Mike G.

21 Responses to “Jesse Ventura for Senate?”

  1. disinter Says:

    Go Ventura!

  2. NewFederalist Says:

    Does anyone know if he plans to “show up” in Denver just to see if the LP wants to nominate him for president? His current book sure talks a lot about a presidential run in 2008 and with all the ballot issues involved in starting from scratch right now, the LP nomination would seem to be the only viable option.

  3. DrGonzo Says:

    Personally, I don’t think Ventura should go anywhere near the convention. That is the type of person who will only further enfroce stereotypes of the LP.

    The man is a complete conspiracy nut. Then when you challenge his beliefs with facts, he can only say “were you a Navy Seal?” Like that has any bearing on the whether or not he is right.

  4. Joe Buchman Says:

    DrGonzo,

    “The man is a complete conspiracy nut.”

    Ok. Where are the “facts” to support that? This man was elected. Served. Did some good. Asks for new investigations.

    I’ve not read his latest book, so I’m truly asking here.

    Is Dr. Steven Jones, formerly of BYU also a “complete conspiracy nut?.” Is Dr. Ed Mitchell?

    Joe
    www.BuchmanForCongress.com

  5. Joe Buchman Says:

    I think Ventura is more interested in running for President. I believe he sees running for Senate as the key to that (look how far Obama and Hillary got on one term there), I’ll bet he’s planning now for 2012.

    Question is, in 2012 would he run as a Libertarian, or as another third party candidate. And how could that impact us? How can we manage or influence that process?

    Joe
    www.BuchmanforCongress.com

  6. NewFederalist Says:

    If he actually gets elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 it will almost certainly be as the nominee of the Independence Party of Minnesota. By 2012 he could have state parties in all 50 states (I realize there are parties with that name in New York and elsewhere) and not be required to put himself through the meatgrinder of a LP national convention. He would probably lose the LP nomination anyway!

  7. DrGonzo Says:

    Ok. Where are the “facts” to support that? This man was elected. Served. Did some good. Asks for new investigations.

    I’ve not read his latest book, so I’m truly asking here.

    Is Dr. Steven Jones, formerly of BYU also a “complete conspiracy nut?.” Is Dr. Ed Mitchell?

    I don’t know who Dr. Steven Jones is, but I have a feeling he doesn’t respond to every challenge with “were you a Navy Seal?” That is my problem with Ventura. Rather than respond with intelligence, that is the answer he gives.

    I have an overall problem with conspiracy nuts to begin with. They continually disregard facts that don’t fit their agenda (like the 10 times the idiots who created Loose Change have changed their arguments).

    I have no problem with people who can honestly question the accounts. None whatsoever. It should be done. I can’t stand people who don’t listen to the opinion of others.

  8. Austrian Economist Says:

    Let’s get him into the LP right away!

    He can carry the Libertarian banner in what would become one of the highest profile Senate races of the year!

  9. disinter Says:

    The man is a complete conspiracy nut.

    Unless you think that no two or more people have ever planned anything, then you are as well.

  10. disinter Says:

    I have an overall problem with conspiracy nuts to begin with. They continually disregard facts that don’t fit their agenda

    And you don’t?

  11. DrGonzo Says:

    Unless you think that no two or more people have ever planned anything, then you are as well.

    No, there is a big difference between conspiracy nut, and someone who uses intelligence to question a situation.

    And you don’t?

    No, I don’t. I examine opinions of both sides. That leads me to the conclusions I have. I won’t turn this into a 9/11 conspiracy argument because I’m sure it had been done far to many times.

  12. Chris Says:

    Is Dr. Steven Jones, formerly of BYU also a “complete conspiracy nut?.”

    You mean the same Dr. Jones who claims to have discovered ancient Mayan archaeological evidence that Jesus visited America?

    The same Dr. Jones who’s claim to fame at BYU was his work on cold fusion?

    The same Dr. Jones who’s WTC collapse theories were dismissed by the structural and fire safety engineering faculty at his own university?

    The same Dr. Jones that refuses to even CITE the hundreds of pages of peer-reviewed literature in established journals concerning the collapse?

    If you mean that Dr. Jones, then yes. He’s a nut.

  13. disinter Says:

    No, I don’t. I examine opinions of both sides. That leads me to the conclusions I have.

    What makes you think the “conspiracy nuts” have not done the same thing?

    No, there is a big difference between conspiracy nut, and someone who uses intelligence to question a situation.

    You don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “conspiracy”.

  14. NewFederalist Says:

    I prefer my conspiracy nuts unsalted… high blood pressure, you know.

  15. DrGonzo Says:

    What makes you think the “conspiracy nuts” have not done the same thing?

    I have already told you the difference between a conspiracy nut and someone who can discuss the issue with intelligence. The people who watch and worship Loose Change are the conspiracy nuts.

    You don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “conspiracy”.

    No, I’m pretty sure I understand it.

  16. disinter Says:

    No, I’m pretty sure I understand it.

    Good, then you agree that: Unless you think that no two or more people have ever planned anything, then you are [a conspiracy nut] as well.

  17. DrGonzo Says:

    Good, then you agree that: Unless you think that no two or more people have ever planned anything, then you are [a conspiracy nut] as well.

    Again, I have already explained the difference. Just because you believe in a conspiracy does not make you a conspiracy nut.

    An idiot like Ventura who responds to every challenge with “were you a Navy Seal” is a conspiracy nut. Whatever valid points he may have go out the window when he can’t discuss an issue with intelligence.

  18. disinter Says:

    An idiot like Ventura who responds to every challenge with “were you a Navy Seal” is a conspiracy nut. Whatever valid points he may have go out the window when he can’t discuss an issue with intelligence.

    I have seen him discuss the issue on multiple occasions and have never heard this Navy Seal response. Besides, you are using a red herring - which isn’t “intelligent”.

  19. Stefan Says:

    Hopefully Ventura can join the senate race as LP candidate. I do not like his criticism of organized religion though. He could well be able to get the LP its first senate seat. I heard Al Franken has some issues with 70 000 in taxes he was supposed to pay or something like that…so the Demos are not too happy and enthused with him. This is a perfect scenario. Ventura has beaten the GOP incumbant for the governorship and Al Franken would be quite weakened, so a substantial amount of Democrats may choose to vote for Ventura instead of Franken, plus all the Independents for Ventura and disaffected Republicans and the Libertarians and Greens of course. The Ron Paul meetup groups there may also vote for him and organize fundraising. Perfect storm for Ventura!

  20. Andy Says:

    “The same Dr. Jones who’s WTC collapse theories were dismissed by the structural and fire safety engineering faculty at his own university?”

    Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth
    http://www.ae911truth.org/

  21. Bobo Says:

    I may not like everything he say’s…but he did fight for the right to say it ! It’s refreshing to see someone in the arena who will not owe anyone favors..who is willing to say what he thinks…right or wrong…and tell it like it is…he did it when he was gov. and I’m sure he would do it again…people might not like it but you have to admire his courage to stand up for what he thinks.
    Could make for an interesting election once again

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