JESSE VENTURA MULLS A RUN
Forty Democrats are dreaming of a run for the White House according to some counts, many fueled by their disbelief that President Trump not only won the 2016 election, but that he’s still in office. Yes, well. It’s going to be a noisy lead-up to 2020 — and now we have one more name to add, and he is among the first of the independent hopefuls.
Pro-wrestling kingpin and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura still eyes the big ring. The big political ring, that is. He, too, is considering a presidential run.
“I’m always interested,” Mr. Ventura told TMZ, the celebrity gossip news site. “The Greenies have shown interest — the Green Party. I’ll go to Mexico now for a couple of months and that’s where I’ll make my ultimate decision, when I get down there and clear my head about whether to do it or not. There are a lot of factors involved. See, I don’t want to run and elect Trump.”
There’s a link to the president, though — and it dates back two decades to 1998 when the 6-foot-4-inch Mr. Ventura won the race for Minnesota governor, advising voters to forget “politics as usual” and give him a chance.
“The irony there is that his run for Minnesota governor which came out of the blue and stunned Donald Trump so much that legend has it that it inspired him to say, ‘You know, maybe I can do that for another office,’” points out Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who offers evidence that politics has always been full of quirks and bold propositions.
But in 2013, Mr. Ventura also noted during a personal appearance in Minnesota that it might be an “opportune time” for him to run for the White House in 2016, and he named radio host Howard Stern as his possible running mate — Ventura/Stern. Two years later, Mr. Ventura told his audience on “Off the Grid,” an online broadcast, that he hoped then-candidate Trump would become the GOP nominee for president — and name him running mate. That would have been Trump/Ventura. And now? That would be a mystery.
Some claim that then-business tycoon Donald Trump was inspired to run for president after Jesse Ventura’s run for Minnesota governor.