Jesse Ventura Might Run for President

It's 'an opportune time' for an independent, says former governor

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 31, 2013 6:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is back from his part-time home in Mexico and eagerly spreading the idea he could run for the US presidency in 2016. Ventura volunteered the possibility while at Minnesota's Capitol today, and he pushed back against skepticism that he would re-enter the fray after being out of office since 2003. He says the next race is "an opportune time" for an independent like him to run because there will be no incumbent.

He says he has approached none other than radio shock jock Howard Stern about being his running mate. The former actor and ex-pro wrestler won election in Minnesota as a Reform Party candidate, but later disavowed party ties. He served a single term. (One fan already has a 2016 website in place.)

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in a file photo.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in a file photo.   (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Bruce Bisping)
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