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

(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.)

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Tuthinadvertizing
Jun 4, 2013 8:58 AM CDT
So a veteran, a solder, a former governor is to this story writer nothing more then a reality TV show man. Who is this man writing this story of fiction about a real man, with a real life of service to his nation, with real skills, and abilities. This piece of dog crap writer sure does know how to write BS about the man he clearly has contempt for. Ventura made a honest living entertaining people in show business, unlike this scum bag writing a gossip column. The writer of this hit piece could not hold a job flipping burgers, but does well serving up lies to the general public to serve the pieces of dog crap running the world in banking and politics right now
Steviejeep
Jun 2, 2013 9:52 PM CDT
Yes. Please. This is what politics looks like in the "reality TV" era.
Vincebus
Jun 2, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
what the hell... why not the 'last hoo-rah!?