(CNN) - He rode a wave of voter anger to a surprise win in a Minnesota governor's race more than a decade ago. Now Jesse Ventura says he could try it again, this time for president.
On CNN's "Crossfire" Friday night, the always-outspoken Ventura declared himself "a member of no parties" as he called for the abolishment of political parties. Asked if he would run for president in 2016, Ventura quickly said, "Maybe."
Ventura, the former wrestler and current host of a television show on conspiracy theories, ran as the Reform Party candidate when he won the governorship in the 1999 election. But he said the real answer to change in politics would be just listing a candidate's name on Election Day.
He said that would force voters "to educate themselves. What does John Smith stand for? Let's remove the ballot labels," he said on "Crossfire."
"That's a great start. It could be done locally, and it could spread like wildfire."
Would he want voters to educate themselves about him in the next presidential race? It's not the first time he's talked about the idea as he promotes his new book, "They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK."
He told "Piers Morgan Live" earlier this week it would be realistic only "if I'm allowed in the debate. But you notice those two parties control the debates? They won't let anyone else in them. If I can debate them, Piers, I can beat them. It's that simple."
And in a radio interview last week, he said he'd want his 2016 running mate to be radio host Howard Stern.
So Mr Ventura, We the people develop a TV program to find Americas Leaders. I am Jessica McGwin, I believe that we can take our country back. I worked the math out we would need .20 from every American over the age of 35 to finance campaigns for these leaders to take seat. With social media and a TV debate program run much like the X factor or America's Got talent we could develop an electoral process that would provide average everyday American's a platform and stage to be heard by the people for the people. I asked Donald Trupm, but he never got back to me. He Doesn't read. I would not doubt the idea will be stolen. At any rate you have what I do not. Experience with the development and production of a Live Program. If you need a running mate I'll do it.
Run Jesse! You'd fit with the inept morons the Republican party ran last time!
He certainly can't do any worse than what we have right now.
I would rather vote for Jesse then most of the maggots we have in office today.
"And in a radio interview last week, he said he'd want his 2016 running mate to be radio host Howard Stern."
Number One Reason (among hundreds) to not vote for Jesse Ventura for president.
Hmmm, I think Hulk Hogan probably would have a firmer grasp on world affairs, so if I was going to vote for a wrestler for president it would probably be him. Give it up Jesse, nobody's going to vote for you so don't waste your time.
He'd be better than Obama!
i'd vote for him..... he's x military....and not a career freeloader (POLITICIAN)
He's kind of a whack job but I'd vote for him. He's what we need as a president. Some one willing to go against political pressure and get to the truth without withholding secrets from the American people.
Ventura and Trump on the ticket – best hair combo ever
That would be a step in the right direction
So the man suing the widow of a SEAL for getting his ass kicked in a bar fight wants to be president? That should go over well.
Yes, he did such a great job as governor.....NOT
Jesse Ventura / "Chris" Christie 2016
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Sure, why not??
Today's politicians are nothing more than cartoon characters anyway.
Ventura is pretty much a liberal Democrat if you look at what he stands for. Oh sure he has a few centrist or slightly conservative ideas but overall he's as blue as they come.
If Jesse Ventura would tell what he he toldon CROSSFIRE, he could be a serious candidate. But the rants he issued on PIERCE MORGAN and the captioned Radio show show that he s an unstable person.
Anyway, he would attract a lot of protest voters
Im undecided about Jesse but if he chooses a GOP running mate he won't get my vote.
The current political parties and the mainstream media are in collusion to limit political debate to a very narrow spectrum and within that spectrum their vociferous attacks on each other's positions seem like those positions mean something. Ventura offers us another view radically at odds with conventional wisdom. Just for that he ought to run and I wouldn't mind hearing Howard Sterns take on the issues either.
Jesse Ventura for president?!?!?!?!? NOT!!!!!!
Run Jesse, Vince McMahon would be a great running mate for ya.
Thanks to the TPublican clown car, everyone now thinks that they can run for office and magically make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
What a joke this country has become since the baggers shamed and disgraced us.
Yeah, he could run with SNL boy
Not my first choice but I would still choose him over either of the bought and paid for politicians that the media fawned over in the last election
Its time to vote for " anyone but" a dem or rep. I've had it up to " here" with the status quo. He's got my vote.