September 3rd, 2008
08:48 AM ET
15 years ago

Ventura: 'Revolution's in the air'


Watch Ventura discuss the Constitution on American Morning with John Roberts.

(CNN) – Rep. Ron Paul may have one more foot soldier in his "revolution" to protect the Constitution - former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Ventura on Tuesday spoke at a "counter convention" for the Texas congressmen and libertarian presidential candidate in St. Paul, Minnesota, the site of the Republican National Convention.

"There were about 14,000 to 15,000 people there," Ventura told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning Wednesday. "That bodes well for the people who believe our Constitution has been violated too long." The former marine and pro wrestler accused both Democrats and Republicans of violating the Constitution "whenever the need serves them to do so."

"Revolution's in the air," Ventura said, a reference his book "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me."

Although Paul's new political action committee is trying to attract like-minded candidates for Congress, Ventura told Roberts he plans to remain in the private sector and try to carry out his own "revolution" from there.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Ian MN

    Ron Paul is the greatest American that has surfaced since the forefathers in my opinion

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Dana from Las Vegas Nevada

    I do not agree with all that Jesse says but I do agree that the constitution is under attack.

    Ben Franklin once said "any society that is willing to give up freedom for security deserve neither and will loose both".

    Many say this was back when it was a different world. But was it really? America was in a very bad situtation, it was at war with the most powerfull nation in the world, the economy was nonexsistent and we were forming our nation. Many people in our own country were backing the English and were attacking our forefathers in thier own homes.

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Texas

    No one wants to hear what Jesse Ventura has to say. Why does CNN keep having him on their show.

    September 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Us Dems love you Ron Paul! Keep up the great work and keep taking those votes from mccain and palin the sham artisits. And If I wasn't so deeply committed to donating to Barack every chance I got I would love to donate to your campaign.

    September 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Ventura got his stage name and later real name from walking on California's famed VENTURA BLVD and thought the name sounded cool.

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. I am tired of this crap!

    One nut job supporting another. Just keep shaking the tree adn see what else falls out!

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. No JM

    Yes, and thanks to Obama – the hypocracy of American will be exposed. Talk about revolution, you want to see angry people with pitchforks and torches march out of the Rage Against the Machine concert Wednesday night across the river from the RNC? Well, you're going to get it.

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Tex Ann

    Ron Paul may be a nice ol' guy, and some things he says make sense. But look at all the other weird crazy stuff he advocates. It's like he just flies by the seat of his pants and doesn't think a single idea out to the conclusion. He's actually kind of scary if you look hard at some of his stuff. I would be very afraid if this man were a serious candidate.
    But the REAL clincher for me is the fact that Jesse Ventura supports him. Jesse Ventura is a certifiable nutcase. I can't believe any of you people would actually give him the time of day. There's a big difference in "being radical" and "being stupid".

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |

    McCain is not my candidate!!!

    Paul '08

    September 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Sn in MN

    Ventura was a Navy Seal you incompetent moron. Get the facts straight!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. jeremy - tx

    Jesse. stay away from the Democratic Response portion of Larry King Live tonight. It's for Democrats. Not tool who get on a soap box simply for the sake of hearing the sound of their own voice. We get it. You don't like Republicans or Democrats. Now fade quietly into the night and don't come back. Don't you and Rick Flair have a shuffle board game to get to or something?

    September 3, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Hope the revolution is carrying pair of scissors..

    Well.. you have to hand to Jesse, someone likes him.

    Atleast he criticizes both parties equally. There are flaws in both that's for sure.

    But, he still needs to cut the hair. You're balding Jess, let it go.

    September 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Rich

    Where is the media to cover the fact Ron Paul is still running and that the repubs are ignoring him? Because you did such a wonderful job covering disgruntled Hillary supporters.

    September 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. jim bob

    Thank God for these people that can think and have brains.
    Democrats and Republicans have lost what made this Country great.

    Everyone just wants a hand out, they want the Gov't to do everything for them.

    Patriots the Democrats and republicans are brain washed they have no idea what that means.

    Thank God for Ron Paul he is the only true Republican.

    The rest our puppets, they will tell you whatever you want to hear

    September 3, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Phil in KC

    A couple of wack jobs. Guess it's true what they say; birds of a feather flock together.

    September 3, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    I pretty much agree that the constitutional has been rendered virtually worthless, but I feel that the republican party has much of the blame, and especially Bush/McCain in systematically revoking our rights as citizens.

    Revolution is in the air I think, people are tiring of this 'Taxation with out representation" as well as the "Oppression" and "Tyranny" that our republican party members dictate. It's abundantly clear whom will not stand by our rights as citizens, just look at the recent news of how the GOP denied freedom of speech to those whom decided to protest at the convention. If you had a problem, you were hog tied and thrown in the slammer, because you aren't allowed to think, nor oppose the's not legal in a dictatorship. On the flip side, how many rights were seen being trashed at the Democratic convention? Not a single one from what I saw.

    The GOP will systematically turn this country into a dictatorship if we don't stop them now.

    Just say NO to McCain!

    September 3, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Old McGovern Democrat

    Uh, hello? The people who have been violating the Constitution are the right wing conservative Christians and neocons and the idiots in the Bush Administration who advocated an unnecessary war; who approved the use of torture, despite federal laws to the contrary to comply with the Geneva Convention; who want to deny a woman's right to choose what happens to her body and life or even to have access to birth control; who have undermined voting rights of minorities all over the country; who continue to propose constitutional amendments to deny gay peoples' rights; who don't understand the meaning of the carefully written restrictive clause (any English major can tell you what a restrictive clause is if you don't know) in the second amendment that limits gun ownership to standing militias; and who have consistently violated the privacy laws, the political fund-raising ethics laws, and civil service laws of this country. Ron Paul may not support several of these constitutional violations, but he stands firmly on the Republican side of most of them. If he didn't, he would completely renounce his affiliation with the Republican Party. Oh, wait! That would mean he would lose a broadly based political platform. Golly gee! What's a Libertarian-at-heart supposed to do?

    September 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    To all the republicans and Ind. if you dont like Obama but like his message then vote for Obama its alright.
    the Maverick what a joke John MCbush is the same as bush he abandon his core beliefs just to get the party nomination
    John MCsame is drunk with power.

    To the so called puma's, Ind, DEMs, and Republicans,
    Vote Obama-Biden 08'

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Ian

    I think CNN should have to pay us everytime they get corrected on their mistakes.

    Ron Paul is a REPUBLICAN.

    Jesse Ventura was a GOVERNOR.

    September 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. William

    Thank you Ron Paul and all of your supporters, for planting the seeds of what will be real Revolution in America. As much as I would like to think that Obama will be revolutionary, our even bring change to Washington it will just be "tinkering around the edges" as Paul stated in the debates. Real change will only come when America drastically rethinks and reajusts it's postion as the global police, and makes drastic reductions to the Militray industrila complex. As a closet Ron Paul Supporter I wlll drink the Obama cool aid and vote for Obaman then I will sit back and watch as either canidate countinues the "War On Terror" Be it Obama our McCain polices we will countinue to fight terrorist that we created with are polices, create more terriost in the process and bankrupt the nation.

    September 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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