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!

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  1. Native American View Point

    True..havingt this guy on the news was a big waste of time. Why does CNN think its news to pull has beens off the shelves and try to make news out of them? How sad...

    April 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. fairandstraight

    Anyone can get an interview on CNN. Who in the world cares about what this guy has to say. He doesn't have enough hair to be president, much less the brains. How do you go from wrestling to politics anyway?

    April 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Jeanne

    I prefer not to vote for Dems or Reps either. I'd like to see a good solid 3rd party candidate. Too bad the current system makes it so difficult for independents to run. But I guess that's democracy for you.

    April 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. kathe oakland, california

    Since you have no party, not even an independent – why in the world would I listen to you – where is your stance as an American voter when you do not even choose anyone.

    You run for President – – – GOD NO

    April 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Ron Klemp

    After reading all the comments, I can only iterate what they say in Minnesota and neighboring Fargo, "End of story!"

    April 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Jeff

    why do people always complain about things being news or not? this is the political ticker. you want news, click on the home page

    April 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. grandma in MN

    When Jesse was our governor he'd close his office every day to watch his favorite soap opera but that was after his inaugeration where he flew on stage of theTarget Arena wearing a boa to his favorite song: Wherewolves in London. Yeah. This is just what we need at a critical time in our history.

    April 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Swalker327

    No only does he sound crazy - he looks scary. Was he a wrestler or lead star in the movie Alien?

    April 2, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. IknowaJoke

    Jesse Ventura reminds me of that Clown Arnold Schwarzenegger, though Jesse actually knows how to speak and problably more intelligent.

    April 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. northphily05

    You dudes are the Joke, Ventura spoke the truth, it might have been harsh but it was the truth. You guys are use to placid promises and hearing things that you want to hear. you'r the joke, Ventura "08"

    April 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. S Koch

    Why would you waste time/space on this bozo?

    April 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. dana west

    everyone seems to feel the same way about ventura, but he did make one good point, and that was mcains should be retired now.

    April 2, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Pat Va

    He was on Larry King last night....and very, very angry. About what? Who knows?

    April 2, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Heh

    A resident of california mocking a celebrity governor?! that's a good one!

    April 2, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. A Minnesotan

    I can not beleive CNN and Larry King take the time to interview this guy, when there are so many more interesting, relevant people. Who cares what Jesse is doing – just let him stay away.

    April 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. JONNA

    So sad, that you couldn't find anything more interesting to broadcast. I changed the channel.

    April 2, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Chris, Toledo, OH

    Larry suggested the possibility of Ventura running with Ron Paul, but both have the same argument against third party runs. I just don't understand why they wouldn't exhaust every opportunity out there to advance the fight for freedom against the two main nationalist and socialist candidates.

    April 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Derrick

    I think Jesse Ventura and Barack Obama are the same and have TONS in common. Both are actors and DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING about POLITICS, POLICY, FOREIGN RELATIONS, ECONOMICS, or HEALTHCARE.

    Electing Barack Obama is like electing Jesse Ventura or George Bush.

    Hillary Clinton or John McCain. .... NEXT! NEVER OBAMA

    April 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. ...and yet he speaks the truth

    You can hate him all you want, you may not respect him, you may think he's a joke... I, MYSELF, don't even like him... and yet he speaks the truth. The United States is a REPUBLIC... NOT a democracy so why are we trying to spread democracy??????
    Citizens need to wake up and realize that they are not citizens (Upper case C not lower case c) Citizens have rights, corporations don't. Our government is lying, cheating, stealing and breaking laws... they have betrayed us and nobody seems to care.
    The 2 "major" parties make it impossible for a 3rd party to run but the American Citizens don't seem to care.
    Our last election was between 2 "skull and bones" bothers and nobody could even report on it... WHERE are we headed?
    Hate him if you want... it's not a popularity contest... it's about the TRUTH.

    April 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Jack/OK

    As a former resident of Minnesota who did vote for Jesse Ventura, I recall he had his moments like anyone in elected office. However the biggest thing I remember was, he was the first elected official from the state who gave money back to the residents of the state, along of course with the help of the then Democrat held House and Senate.

    People have to remember, he is no worse than who the US Supreme Court put into office back in 2000.

    April 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. rick

    Pointless news.

    Obama or McCain for 2008

    April 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Bart

    He may be a jester, but the joke is on YOU.

    April 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Mildred

    Did Jesse Ventura take his crazy pill today. He looked like a big clown on TV talking crazy.

    April 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. chris

    anybody but a lying raciast anti-american black man to run the country or a lying socialist women id rather slowly lower our country to hell in a handbaskete then to just throw it down as fast as we can with what the dems are putting on the table

    April 2, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Jeremy - Worcester, MA

    The governor would be the best candidate in this field of presidential wannabes. Maybe he and Ron Paul could run as the Libertarian ticket? They'd have my vote and not an insignificant number of others.

    April 2, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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