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

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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  1. Former Republican, but never again!

    Palin being groomed for the role must mean she's getting a brain transplant!

    April 1, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    Uh no! The GOP want to win in 2012 and they know Palin will not win over Obama. But personally I hope Jessie is right because I would LOVE to see her finally face President Obama instead of hiding behind FaceBook, Twitter and FoxNews talking her smack and see how tough she really is.

    April 1, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. beevee

    Is this guy thinking straight? Is he on drugs or something? GOP does not want her as their nominee to run against president Obama. That will be a lanslide defeat for the GOP.

    April 1, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. T3chsupport

    When has the status quo ever controlled her?

    April 1, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Run Sarah RUN!

    April 1, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Thomas

    It's so refreshing to hear someone state boldly and without equivocation what he really thinks. No partisan politics - no slanting or spinning things one way or the other - just the truth.

    Thank you so much, Governor Ventura! We need more folks like you in government.

    April 1, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    She's a paid hate-monger. Nothing more, nothing less - well, let me think about what less would be. Get back to you later.

    April 1, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. normajean

    WHAT A JOKE!!!!! There are some very strange and disturbing things happening politically these days .Witness the Repub .Govs. getting together to put the screws to their respective states{{ or should I say TRYING to}},thereby ending their future political careers. THIS HOWEVER, is a story of a whole different stripe!!This boob, Ventura never didi leave his mark by being smart and again he's spitting in the wind! Sarah Palin has NOTHING to gain by running for president.. She will lose if she runs......not only the nomination, but big money with the same kind of playgirl baloney she's been throwing for the last two plus years. Her fame and fortune are the result of having a pretty face, smart mouth ,vapid brain ,,little education , but a really sharp speech writer!!!!!Her time is running out, but she's still got a little trouble to stir up,which she will, but it WILL NOT be as a presidential candidate!!!!!

    April 1, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Roscoe

    Maybe Jesse can look into the possibility that Palin is an alien plant and put here to turn the world over to Mars.

    April 1, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Hopefully, she will not toe the party line. Hopefully, she will say what is on her mind, and not be the total mess the Mc Cain campaign made of her.

    April 1, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Polineutral

    At least I can respect Jesse Ventura, he was a politician, who didn't mind speaking against the status quo. Of course the status quo branded him a failure because of it. After all he did something that most politicians would consider un-american, he liked to think, and form his own opinions.

    April 1, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Midwestmatt

    I like Jesse and his no nonsense approach to the world but Palin is dead in the water. She's not going anywhere except to the bank.

    April 1, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Robrob

    Not sure why this is "newsworthy?"

    April 1, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. valwayne

    Poor Jessee! Some of those wrestling strangle holds cut off the blood flow for just a little long. He means well though!

    April 1, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. honest abe

    i think the wwe should give their wrestlers helmets because jesse the body seems to be suffering from head injuries. sarah palin is the biggest moron in politics – oh... wait.... quiting the governorship of alaska actually put her out of politics. how is it she has managed to enter politics again??? say it with me now.. QUITTER !

    April 1, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. greg

    wow the years have not been kind to JESSE

    April 1, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. greg

    sounds like senility is starting to set in or possibly some advanced stage of dementia from blows to the accidental

    April 1, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. greg

    accidental blows to the head i

    April 1, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Phil74

    Ventura then paraphrased his own line from "Predator", declaring: "I ain't got time to read."

    April 1, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. November 2010

    For all you haters about to post on here, I have but one question for you...did you bet on the democrats keeping control of the house last fall? Thought so! Anything can happen in the 2012 elections given this president's track record and that just scares the pants off of you. November 2012 can't get here soon enough for some real change we can believe in.

    April 1, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    CONCUR. That's why the Tea Party wants her (Kochs and others) and other conservatives. She doesn't have "capacity" per se or intellectual soundness for national office. Nor does she have the confidence of the masses of Americans (or internationals). That trip to Israel was a sham. She would no doubt, be a pawn. Former Governor V is correct also when he offers that popularity seems to be more preferred in electoral races. No doubt, she's popular. As for grooming, it will have been 4 years of preparation for her and I'M still politically smarter. I wonder if some PAC or somethin', will groom me for Prez some day. Capitol idea. A presidential grooming program. She's the only one who will have ever received long term training to be POTUS. Someone tell me I'm lyin'. Mercy.

    April 1, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. charles bowen

    Jesse you were a better wrestler than you are a political analyist . Palin would destroy this country from within . Go back to the matt and think again . Would it be wise to elect an idiot because she is in the Right Republican Party? I think not my friende ,i think not!. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    April 2, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. Seattle Sue

    Dream on Mr. Phony Wrestler, Palin will never make it as President.

    April 2, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. S C

    Gee, Jessie, maybe your head hit the mat too many times. You sound crazier every time I read about you. Also, maybe you should stop hanging out with other crazies like Biden, or Schummer, or Reid.

    April 2, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. Martin

    I don't think Sarah Palin will be the contender, I think she's being portrayed by the media as completely inept (and they're probably right) so that when TPTB put someone else forward (such as Michelle Bachmann) who they will definitely be able to control, the alternative person that they WANT to be the candidate will seem like a much smarter choice to the American public.

    It's still Smoke and Mirrors. The Governor (and I have a lot more respect for Governor Ventura than for Mrs. Palin who I refuse to call Governor as she didn't complete her term) is probably right in saying that it doesn't matter who gets it, the bankers and corporations will still run everything anyway.

    April 2, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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