April 2nd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Ventura is back


Watch Jesse Ventura on CNN's Larry King Live Tuesday night.

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is back and angrier than ever at both political parties.

"I never vote Democrat or Republican," the former wrestler said on CNN's Larry King Live Tuesday night. "I will pick someone else, a libertarian on the ballot. Someone else. I will not vote for a republican or democrat. I don't do it every election - I wish they would allow none of the above on the ballot."

On his own political future, Ventura said he is not planning on running for president because of the difficulty third party candidates have in securing ballot access.

"Am I going to run? Too difficult," he said. "Because they make an independent like me jump through 50 different hoops because every state has different things you have to do to qualify to get on the ballot."

Click here to watch more highlights from the interview!

Filed under: Jesse Ventura
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Vig

    The male ego never ceases to amaze – some people are limelight junkies. I have absolutely no interest in hearing what this "has-been" has to say.

    April 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Christina

    I'm sorry, why do we care about Jesse Ventura?

    April 2, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Alonzo Demetrius

    Governor Ventura was a joke, played on the people of Minnesota by the youngsters who had to also pay the price (maybe by now they have matured). Ventura's statement supports just why we SHOULD have parties, and our elected officials should come through those parties. That way we have some idea what they stand for before they are elected.

    April 2, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. kenny

    Go back to the WWF on Monday night and shut your month.

    April 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Jazz

    This is the type of leader the people of Minnesota elected. Now they want us to trust them on Obama. Heaven help us all.

    April 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. raf

    Thank you, Doc Brown.

    April 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Craig Pottruff

    Jesse Ventura? I would rather see Conan O'Brien as President! Actually, he would probably make a good President 😉

    April 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Tom New Hope, MN

    Jesse you had your time as Minnesota govenor and majorily blew it. Now it is time to sit down and shut up!!!

    April 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    This must be a slow news day for you guys at CNN.
    Jeez, better you should be reporting kittens stuck in trees than this "mis-Adventura".

    April 2, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. John - Maryland

    Geez – Go back overseas and hide under the rock you came from......What a disgrace.

    April 2, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Phil in KC

    OK – he's entertaining to watch and he definitely has an opinion about nearly everything. But I care what he thinks why?
    I do think he makes a valid point about the problems 3rd Party (or 4th Party or 5th Party) candidates have getting on the ballot. When it comes to President, it needs to be standardized nationally and it shouldn't be an impossible task. But Jesse Ventura is not someone I would vote for.
    Of course, I didn't think anyone would vote for a washed-up B-movie actor but I was proven wrong abut that.....

    April 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Rob

    i was watching it and i have to say that he is actually right. He had some weird opinions about Iraq but everything else I agree at almost 100%. if you guys want someone that would bring change you wouldnt vote for Obama you would vote for him


    April 2, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Bdiddy

    Ahh lighten up everybody. You would have tuned in for the debates!!!!

    I would have loved to see him dressed as The Body standing next to old McCain. That would have been priceless.

    April 2, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. JB Oakland


    Your comments slamming Obama are moronic at best. Obama is hands down better prepared to lead than McCain on every issue you just mentioned.

    April 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Connie - Minnesota

    Just two words for Jesse: Who cares?

    April 2, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Bob

    Jessie please run for President.

    April 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Very Concerned Community

    Please .............

    April 2, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Jesse!!!!!!!!!

    My Gov. can beat up your Gov!!!

    What a refreshing breath of fresh air!!! Speaking the truth, your the man Jesse!

    (Dude, just get a haircut or tell us it's for a movie charater – what's up with the hair?)

    April 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Steve

    Too many shots to the head I guess.

    April 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. CA teacher


    For your sake, I hope we elect someone who can improve the public education system. It's difficult to take the opinion of an illiterate seriously.

    April 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Cathy

    Derrick said it best ! Actors!

    April 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Dave

    Did any of you people watch the interview? Was there anything he said that wasnt the truth? This guy knows what is really going on in Washington. Thanks for speaking up Jesse!

    April 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Marty

    Why can't people who leave their comments spell? Why don't they know basic grammar and syntax? I thought the Obama people were supposed to be the smart ones. They are supposed to be educated and young and superior, right? I am very disillusioned, and now I feel that their candidate may also be less than he is tauted to be.

    April 2, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Craig

    Both Dems will lose. I know it.

    April 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Candical

    Who cares about this hasbeen. What he thinks is news?

    April 2, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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