JESSE VEN­TURA MULLS A RUN

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Some claim that then-busi­ness ty­coon Don­ald Trump was in­spired to run for pres­i­dent af­ter Jesse Ven­tura’s run for Min­nesota gover­nor.

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