Jesse Ventura: Palin will 'do what she's told'
April 1st, 2011
08:21 PM ET
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Jesse Ventura: Palin will 'do what she's told'

(CNN)–Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says Sarah Palin will be the GOP nominee for president in 2012, and she'll "be controlled by the status quo."

Appearing on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday at 9 p.m. EST, the one-term Reform Party governor said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is being groomed for the role, though he doesn't care who the presidential nominees are for either party.

"I'm an equal opportunity despiser," he stated in a post-interview green room Q&A, making his disdain for both parties known.

"It seems that elections today are more popularity than they are substantial issues and she'd be perfect because she's the type of person that certainly will be controlled by the status quo and the power structure, so she'd make a perfect candidate for them," the WWE wrestling Hall of Famer-turned-politician declared.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Loubies

    Ventura 2012!

    April 1, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Phaedrus

    He should trim up his skullet, grow a mustache, and try to regain his former glory from Predator and The Running Man.

    April 1, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Tired of the nonsense

    She'll be controlled like a puppet? That makes sense since she has nothing but sawdust between her ears.

    April 1, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Sue Smith

    I think Jesse's right!!

    April 1, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    Just what the GOP needs, advice from one that has been "body slammed" one time too many, to "the body that once wore a glittering banner" and is attached to a head that only has a coherent thought, when two brain cells randomly collide in that vast, open vacuum in her cranium!

    Go Jesse!!

    April 1, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Tom

    Jesse must be watching too much Faux news. Palin's popularity rating has tanked. Where have you been, Jess?

    April 1, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. skarphace

    Dude, go back to fake wrestling. I know you are old now, but you would still be a better wrestler than you have ever or will ever be a polititian or political commentator.

    April 1, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. K3Citizen

    Palin can be controlled if money is involved!

    April 1, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Palin is a Fraud !

    This is wonderful news for the Democrat's if he's right ! Palin was a disaster in 2008 for McCain and in 2012 she will be a disaster for the Republican party ! Let's just go ahead and pencil in Obama right now ! Obama / Biden 2012 !

    April 1, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I suspect Jesse's right, but I hope not.

    Sarah Palin has all the qualifications to be President that Barack Obama had as a candidate–essentially none. Palin has more executive experience, but her grasp of foreign policy is only slightly better than Obama's, as is her apparent grasp of economics. But they both look good in front of a camera and they both make good speeches, and that's all that seems to matter any more.

    April 1, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. DENNIS

    Could anyone be more clueless? In case he hasn't been watching the news for the past three months, the hierarchy of the GOP has been trying to ostracize Sarah Palin from the Party. If there is a candidate on either side of the political spectrum that is as independent of a political party as is Sarah Palin, I don't know them. Palin hasn't listen to anyone, and certainly would not let anyone call her shots as President. She wouldn't bother running. She doesn't need to. How did this guy become Gov.. He is truly clueless and his thought process it warped. Palin has a long way to go to win the nomination, and and to think that she would do what she is told is just far beyond normal thinking, it shows me that Ventura must be a Liberal, because he is mentally ill.

    April 1, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Al

    Hope that does happen so she can get beaten badly.

    April 1, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |

    Palin 2012 is a good thing, being controlled..... I don't see it and that is good

    April 1, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. optimistica

    oh, I only hope he is right about that. That will mean a slam dunk for Obama and rationale mindsets. On another note, if that happens, the Republican Party should be ashamed of itself. They stand up to everyone else but they would let this lightweight nitwit represent them into meaninglessness!

    April 1, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. M

    He may be right...if Sarah Palin was smart enough to be controlled. It's no secret she'd like to be president, but I really don't think she has the brains to shut her mouth and then say what she needs to say to win. Her ego simply won't allow for this. The thing is, she's just slightly unhinged, which means she has some pretty nutty ideas, and she has a big ego, which means she can't ever admit she might be wrong.

    But even assuming she could change her tune and say the "right" things, I think it's too late for her. She's a known quantity, and a vast majority of Americans have already decided they don't like her. Still, I do hope she runs. It'll be great entertainment.

    April 1, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. MAC

    Politics even corrupted Jesse so he would have experince on wht could happen to Palin. To me it is picking the lesser of 2 evils and the Post Viet Nam Era Democrats are the greter evil to our national security.

    April 1, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. Max

    If this man can look so far in the future, why didn't he warn the Japs about the earthquake?

    April 1, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. EffortPA

    Sarah is controlled by Fox news, without Fox news Sarah would simply fade away. What Fox news doesn't realize is that Sarah is going to cost them the election, just the way Sarah cost Joe Miller the election. Sarah is good at motivating people, the only problem is that she does that to the other side more than her own.

    April 1, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Idesign

    The deranged idiot speaks......

    April 1, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Carl

    I hope that Governor Ventura is right – every voter should vote for Governor Palin during the 2012 primaries. A Palin/Bachman ticket should be supported at all cost. The outcome will be inevitable.

    April 1, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. Bessy

    I think Jesse is wrong on this one. The Republicans know that they do not have a chance in hell of winning with this screwball. She is a loose cannon and she will never " do as she is told ".

    April 1, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. pockets

    Mrs. Todd Palin will not make it at all, the GOP will have someone who has a chance of at least making a dent in the election. Can you imagine someone of her caliber even suggesting that she could lead a piss parade. She can't, to polarizing for anyone or any group. She will fade away. No brains will be the main reason, or stupid people will stop giving her money to support her.

    April 1, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Michael

    There's always shock treatment.

    April 1, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Chris

    Why would ANYONE WHAT TOO???? She has become a joke on the late night shows

    April 1, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. T'sah from Virginia

    Palin in NOT running for president!! Bachmann and TRUMPet took the stage away from her!!! She cannot stand being 2nd best of the LOONIES!!!

    April 1, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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