October 4th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
10 months ago

Jesse Ventura: Presidential bid a definite 'maybe'

(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.


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  1. Someguysarerude

    Jesse for President?
    Only when the NRA finally goads us all into being armed... with mini guns.

    October 5, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Lilian Vernon

    He's better than any Democrat or Republican who might run. Go Jesse!

    October 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Dave E

    For those thinking we can't do any worse than our present politicians, think again. You can with Gov. Ventura. He was a poor governor: boastful, unprepared and thin-skinned. He spent more time name-calling than engaging on issues. He was unpredictable and dismissive. And his unpredictability (read as "loopiness") has only gotten worse. Maybe too many piledrivers in a previous life?

    October 5, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    First: lose the mullet.

    October 5, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Ricardo Cruz

    If he run in 2016 I'll donate to his campaign I spent time fighting for this country in Iraq and out now and I feel sick from the way the dems & reps are running this country it time to get someone in office that is not involved with any parties and start reforms and start doing what the pople what not what thay see fit

    October 5, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. travisw

    You had me right up to Howard Stern, I dont think animated puddles of human waste are allowed to be a vice prez

    October 5, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Jesse Ventura, even with Howard Stern, would have a better chance of being elected than anyone the GOP is going to run, especially after this shutdown fiasco. If Cruz and Rand are your idea of a legitimate presidential candidate, then Ventura is a moderate by comparison.

    October 5, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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