Ventura Voicing Ads

Minnesotans may hear a familiar voice on the radio airwaves in the coming days.

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is voicing radio ads for Independence Party Senate candidate Dean Barkley.

Ventura, who appointed Barkley in late 2002 to a brief Senate term, serves as chairman of Barkley’s campaign against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

Barkley said today Ventura will be in ads targeting independent-minded voters and attempt to make the argument that casting a ballot for a third-party candidate does not represent a wasted vote.

"They’ll be very pointed," he said, "trying to get people to realize, where is your wasted vote in this race?"

Barkley said he wants to target voters in the exurban ring around the Twin Cities area, where there is a record of support for third-party candidates, including Ventura.

Barkley discussed the ads during a Capitol news conference today, which he called to tell reporters that Congress should not rush into a $700 billion bailout of the financial system because there are many unanswered questions.