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. Jessica McGwin

    So Mr Ventura, We the people develop a TV program to find Americas Leaders. I am Jessica McGwin, I believe that we can take our country back. I worked the math out we would need .20 from every American over the age of 35 to finance campaigns for these leaders to take seat. With social media and a TV debate program run much like the X factor or America's Got talent we could develop an electoral process that would provide average everyday American's a platform and stage to be heard by the people for the people. I asked Donald Trupm, but he never got back to me. He Doesn't read. I would not doubt the idea will be stolen. At any rate you have what I do not. Experience with the development and production of a Live Program. If you need a running mate I'll do it.

    October 5, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Brian

    Run Jesse! You'd fit with the inept morons the Republican party ran last time!

    October 5, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. Bob Abooey

    He certainly can't do any worse than what we have right now.

    October 5, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    I would rather vote for Jesse then most of the maggots we have in office today.

    October 5, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

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

    Number One Reason (among hundreds) to not vote for Jesse Ventura for president.

    October 5, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. GreggEsq

    Hmmm, I think Hulk Hogan probably would have a firmer grasp on world affairs, so if I was going to vote for a wrestler for president it would probably be him. Give it up Jesse, nobody's going to vote for you so don't waste your time.

    October 5, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Sylvia

    He'd be better than Obama!

    October 5, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. Anonymous

    i'd vote for him..... he's x military....and not a career freeloader (POLITICIAN)

    October 5, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Matt

    He's kind of a whack job but I'd vote for him. He's what we need as a president. Some one willing to go against political pressure and get to the truth without withholding secrets from the American people.

    October 5, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Dennis Freeman

    Ventura and Trump on the ticket – best hair combo ever

    October 5, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. sonnie3

    That would be a step in the right direction

    October 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Mike

    So the man suing the widow of a SEAL for getting his ass kicked in a bar fight wants to be president? That should go over well.

    October 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. James Ruston

    Yes, he did such a great job as governor.....NOT

    October 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Thomas

    Jesse Ventura / "Chris" Christie 2016

    WWW repo mania

    October 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Steve S

    Sure, why not??
    Today's politicians are nothing more than cartoon characters anyway.

    October 5, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. lol

    Ventura is pretty much a liberal Democrat if you look at what he stands for. Oh sure he has a few centrist or slightly conservative ideas but overall he's as blue as they come.

    October 5, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Tom Wittmann

    If Jesse Ventura would tell what he he toldon CROSSFIRE, he could be a serious candidate. But the rants he issued on PIERCE MORGAN and the captioned Radio show show that he s an unstable person.

    Anyway, he would attract a lot of protest voters

    October 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Sluggo

    Im undecided about Jesse but if he chooses a GOP running mate he won't get my vote.

    October 5, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. cstahnke

    The current political parties and the mainstream media are in collusion to limit political debate to a very narrow spectrum and within that spectrum their vociferous attacks on each other's positions seem like those positions mean something. Ventura offers us another view radically at odds with conventional wisdom. Just for that he ought to run and I wouldn't mind hearing Howard Sterns take on the issues either.

    October 5, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Jay

    Jesse Ventura for president?!?!?!?!? NOT!!!!!!

    October 5, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Bob, Kansas City

    Run Jesse, Vince McMahon would be a great running mate for ya.

    October 5, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    Thanks to the TPublican clown car, everyone now thinks that they can run for office and magically make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    What a joke this country has become since the baggers shamed and disgraced us.

    October 5, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Billy Chavante

    Yeah, he could run with SNL boy

    October 5, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. longfisch

    Not my first choice but I would still choose him over either of the bought and paid for politicians that the media fawned over in the last election

    October 5, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. droopydog

    Its time to vote for " anyone but" a dem or rep. I've had it up to " here" with the status quo. He's got my vote.

    October 5, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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