Ventura Rips Media on Senate Story

By Alexa Ainsworth

Jul 10, 2008 11:23am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Alexa Ainsworth Report: Appearing Thursday on MSNBC, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura ripped the news media for reporting Wednesday that he was running for Senate.

Ventura called it "not true" adding that he is only "considering it." 

"I’m considering it," said Ventura. "But why did they run across the nation saying that I was? Again, it’s a case of creating news. I think we would be far better served if the news media waited for something to happen."

Talk of Ventura entering the Senate race was stirred on Wednesday when the former wrestler went on National Public Radio and discussed a possible rationale for a Senate race as if he had already jumped into the fray.

"That’s the reason I run," said Ventura, referring to Sen. Norm Coleman’s, R-Minn., support for the Iraq war. "I run because it angers me . . . All you Minnesotans take a good hard look at all three of us. And you decide: if you were in a dark alley which one of the three of us would you want with you?"

After some media outlets, including ABC News had reported his declaration of candidacy, Ventura later clarified his intentions to the Associated Press.

Ventura book publicist Jen Hobbs tells ABC News that Ventura will announce whether he is getting into the Senate race on Tuesday, Minnesota’s deadline for filing to run for the U.S. Senate.

Regardless of whether Ventura ultimately gets into the Senate race, the speculation has helped him promote his new book, "Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me." The book covers his stormy tenure as governor as well as his life since deciding not to seek a second term in 2002.

If Ventura enters the race against  Coleman, the Republican nominee, and former comedian Al Franken, the Democratic nominee, he would run as an Independent.

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