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Ventura Says He Won't Seek Minn. Senate Seat
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Ventura Says He Won't Seek Minn. Senate Seat

Election 2008: Congressional & State Races

Ventura Says He Won't Seek Minn. Senate Seat

Ventura Says He Won't Seek Minn. Senate Seat
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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, appearing Monday night on CNN's Larry King Live, said he doesn't plan to launch a third-party bid for the state's U.S. Senate seat up for grabs in November.

DEBORAH AMOS, host:

Now from a candidate in the midst of a heated race for office to one who decided the campaign trail just wasn't the place for him.

Mr. JESSE VENTURA (Former Professional Wrestler; Former Governor, Minnesota): I will tell you now I am not going to run at this moment.

AMOS: Yesterday evening, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura told CNN's Larry King he would not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate, at least not yesterday. Today may be a different matter. There's still time before a 5:00 filing deadline, which brought him to his second point.

Mr. VENTURA: But if between now and 5:00, maybe God comes and speaks to me like he did the president and tells me I should run, like he apparently told the president to invade Iraq, well then maybe at 5:00 tomorrow, Larry, don't call me a liar. Just understand God sent me to file.

AMOS: Well, today is Mr. Ventura's 57th birthday. Maybe God has a surprise in store.

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