October 4th, 2013
10:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Jesse Ventura: Presidential bid a definite 'maybe'

(CNN) - He rode a wave of voter anger to a surprise win in a Minnesota governor's race more than a decade ago. Now Jesse Ventura says he could try it again, this time for president.

On CNN's "Crossfire" Friday night, the always-outspoken Ventura declared himself "a member of no parties" as he called for the abolishment of political parties. Asked if he would run for president in 2016, Ventura quickly said, "Maybe."

Ventura, the former wrestler and current host of a television show on conspiracy theories, ran as the Reform Party candidate when he won the governorship in the 1999 election. But he said the real answer to change in politics would be just listing a candidate's name on Election Day.

He said that would force voters "to educate themselves. What does John Smith stand for? Let's remove the ballot labels," he said on "Crossfire."

"That's a great start. It could be done locally, and it could spread like wildfire."

Would he want voters to educate themselves about him in the next presidential race? It's not the first time he's talked about the idea as he promotes his new book, "They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK."

He told "Piers Morgan Live" earlier this week it would be realistic only "if I'm allowed in the debate. But you notice those two parties control the debates? They won't let anyone else in them. If I can debate them, Piers, I can beat them. It's that simple."

And in a radio interview last week, he said he'd want his 2016 running mate to be radio host Howard Stern.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ED1

    Just what we need another clown in the White House isn't two enough for this century.

    October 4, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. wendel

    just what we needed to hear. All this mess and one more nut wanting to run.

    October 4, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. ED1

    We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.

    How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?

    What's interesting, the first group "worked for" their money... The second didn't!!!

    October 4, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    Goody! goody!! Goody!!!, Can it get anymore screwed up? How could it be possible?

    October 4, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Churn O'bill

    Hecckk Yeah!!! I'd write him in! However, not being able to list parties on ballots is nonsense, simply because so many politicians toe party lines whether they agree to it or not (witness our current government shutdown). The sad truth is there is no point in voting for an individual in this day and age, especially when corporations and billionaires can exercise their "free speech" by throwing billions at whoever best serves their interests (notice which way most the money goes when there is not a clear victor).

    October 4, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. AlreadylivedwithVentura

    I'll give Ventura this: he speaks his mind unlike most politicians who say one thing to please that crowd and have another agenda, but his thoughts often are quite scary and paranoid. Last I checked, he was "living off the grid" in Mexico to avoid being tracked. Tracked by whom, I'm not sure. He's probably staying in public long enough to promote his book, or the dollar isn't doing as well against the peso during his retirement and he needs the money.

    October 4, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. HenryMiller

    Ventura would get my vote in a millisecond. I don't agree with all his views, but he's vastly better than the Dems and Reps.

    October 4, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. davecu

    No, No, a thousand times No!

    October 4, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. PuzzledInPeoria

    It's just crazy enough to work.

    October 4, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. davecu

    No, No, a thousand times No!
    We deserve soo much better.

    October 4, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. drummerdrums

    Better not run for democrats OR GOP or he an't getting squat from me.

    October 4, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Arlene Crawford

    well Mr Ventura, You will certainly get my vote. I don't have a super pac or anything like that to offer, but a vote and belief that you do care about Americans. Not a party.

    October 4, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Oh come on. They voted for Bachmann too, and she isn't president. In fact she's quitting before she gets arrested for fraud.

    October 5, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. Ray

    I will NEVER vote for another Democrat OR Republican!!! EVER!!!

    October 5, 2013 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. liberal hypocrite = redundancy

    well jesse unfortunately howard stern is a joke so no one will vote for that ticket. you get a legitimate runner and you might have a chance. howard wouldn't even release his financial info for running for governor of ny. he's a complete liability and you don't need that.

    October 5, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  16. hefailed

    Ventura is a cartoon character.

    October 5, 2013 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  17. Thomas

    Ventura / Rubio 2016

    October 5, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  18. Maeve

    Typical politician: say or do something with merit, and then say or do something else that hints you're a maniac.. No party labels? Yay! You're one of the good guys! FORCE people to educate themselves? Yeah, well...now you sound like you want to go all dictator on us. I can se it now: Ventura vs. Cruz. Throw in Santorum and it'll be a real ego party!

    October 5, 2013 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  19. jeremyhornephd

    He's got my vote. It would be a welcome breath of fresh air. It is time for the big business parties to take a permanent leave of absence.

    October 5, 2013 05:48 am at 5:48 am |

    I'd vote for Jessie Ventura as President. I think he'd make a great leader. We should try him.

    October 5, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. r.landschoot

    ventura has two chances, little and none. the american elephant isn't mad enough yet to kick over traces of existing election methods, which is those having money wins, because money buys advertising which promotes a candiadate. Media doesn't do its job of criticizing politicians, because they are afraid of the IRS. When government wants to scare someone, they have IRS audit them. And that is scary!

    October 5, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    Is this dude a clown?

    October 5, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  23. kamarasune

    I'd vote for him.

    October 5, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. vikingwoman

    Jesse Ventura: Out here, you're in a world of hurt!!

    October 5, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. Sigh

    Jesse Ventura would be a good start to this country of obscene greed and political deceit! Disparity of income and wealth in America is nothing but the good ole hidden racism practiced everyday.

    October 5, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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