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Ventura Plays April Fools’ Joke

April 1, 2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Gov. Jesse Ventura emerged from his office for a news conference Monday clad in black, with a stern look on his face. He had two important things to say.

The first: ``I’m here to tell you this morning that yes, I will be seeking another term as governor of the state of Minnesota.″

The second: ``April Fools.″

Ventura has declined for months to say whether he will run for a second term in November, and he said after Monday’s prank that he still hasn’t made up his mind.

Ventura, elected in 1998 as a third-party candidate, has been slipping in popularity recently.

The state’s largest newspaper, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, had sent six reporters and a photographer to the news conference.

Gloated Ventura afterward: ``I played a joke on everyone.″

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