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October 4th, 2013
09:01 PM ET

Jesse Ventura for president in 2016?

(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."


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  1. tom o

    I had 15 years in the us army ets out before the bush admin sent us to war for their own personal gain.We need a leader like gov ventura that has a set of balls to take powers away from the money hungry bastards before they kill us all.our poor kids are going to suffer worse than we are as of now. VOTE JESSIE VENTURA 2016 before its to late.

    February 23, 2014 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • CharlieSeattle

      ...Whatever happened to voting for Patriots?

      Ross Perot was an ignored Patriot, but he still got 19.3% of the vote with a poor campaign.

      But Ross Perot told Americans the truth about what would happen if NAFTA and China's Most Favored Nation trade status passed Congress. Like the results now?

      Can 300 million stupid people vote smarter? hmm, I don't think so.

      Obama is a F#&king Traitor and the Republican's, twice now, STILL can't beat
      him. They joined him on Amnesty, H1b visa's and ignored Obama's FAKE birth certificate!

      Liberals, Conservatives, tea-party members, and others that want to maintain their power, are backed by millions of dollars from secret PAC's that back idiot YES
      The only way to break their hold is never to vote for the idiot the secret PAC's stand up as their front man.
      Congress approval rating stinks, yet 92% of all incumbents are re-elected. People, that has to end. Vote everyone out of office that has been there longer that 6 years. And I do NOT mean term limits!

      Starting Congress over means starting over. Stop sending the same shiite heads back to Washington. Stop voting between shades of gray. Both political parties are out to f#@k American's over!

      So next time Voters............VOTE FOR PATRIOTS! ........Vote Independent!

      Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for President. She will uphold the Constitution and deport the illegal aliens!
      Jesse Ventura for Vice President. He will be fun to watch in the debates!
      Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Director of Homeland Security. Smokin' Joe will seal the southern border!

      February 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  2. Bubba

    Jesse is the type of unconventional politician that just may prove to be what America needs. Compared to anyone on the GOP ticket, Jesse V. is pure gold.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • debbie ghostley

      Yes you are right he has been gold for a long time! He needs to be our president before times runs out!

      October 10, 2013 at 4:38 am | Reply
  3. America First

    I actually believe he'd do a good job. He is beholden to no one.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  4. Bob

    I agree with everything he has to say but please cut that hair and we will talk. There has never been a better reason in America to vote third party than to see what our two parties are doing. Folks vote third party and stop this BS. Remember neither current party can think in thirds.

    October 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      before you blow him off look at what he did in MN the man makes a lot of sense and does not take money from special interest

      October 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • tony

        That's enough for him to have my vote.

        October 9, 2013 at 6:03 am |
  5. HowieTheHacker

    The outmoded Electoral College system makes it difficult for an independent or third party to run for president. Just ask Ross Perot. He did not snare a single electoral vote despite getting 19% of the popular vote. George Wallace was different because he was popular in the southern states.

    October 7, 2013 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • Paul Squire

      First I agree with you totally as to the Electoral College. We are no longer all farmers with no way to communicate. We no longer have the necessity to have representatives present our votes. It's time for a true Democracy. We don't live in one. We live in a Representative Republic that we like to think of as a Democracy.

      Secondly the concept of "One nation under God" didn't exist until the Knights of Columbus petitioned Congress to add it to the Pledge in the early 1950's.

      I think we did pretty well for the 176 years prior to that.

      JMHO of course.

      October 7, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • emskadittle

      as long as he draws more republican voters, i say good luck jessie

      October 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  6. California

    Anything other than a D or R.

    October 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  7. MajorBatguano

    I would love Jesse as President !!!! The guy who spoke the truth back in Minnesota when he publicly stated, "religion is the root of all evil" and that "religion is just crutch for weak-minded people"

    October 6, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
  8. Minnie Mouse

    Jesse Ventura is exactly right. Amen to that! It is ridiculous and I 100% agree. I don't believe any of the party names either. I vote for the person who I feel has the best interest of the country, regardless to what party name they are. I could care less.

    Look at all of the controversy that the party names are causing in our country. People are elected in to do a job, a job that is required to represent our country and put the people first. When our government is shut down, no one is doing his or her job. The blame is on the entire government because it takes everyone to effectively run our government. When people put the jobs and party name before the country, then this is when these people do not need to be leading our country or be re-elected either.

    Smaller government, under on party name, under one nation under "God". This is exactly what it's going to take to effectively run this country and to get our countries debt under control. People need to stop putting their faith in the government and depended up them. You get your dependence from"God". Everyone is looking in the wrong directions for answers because it is not the "Government".

    Why we don't need such a large government is because we are paying out to much money for elected officials who are not working year round in the government. Because your not working year round in the government, we are wasting millions of dollars into travel expenses just to bring you in to work the few days that you are working. It is ridiculous.

    You want an effective government, ditch the party names and create one name, reduce the number of people and the facilities used to run the government. Your running capital hill in full swing operation, with a few people standing in front of microphones at nearly all times. You know how insane that is.

    Downsize, that 's what people do and it works wonders and save people millions in dollars, regardless if it's a business or your own personal home. Less is better and especially if you end up doing the same job and if not better!

    Jesse Ventura, good luck to you because you are 100% right.

    October 6, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  9. Abraham J. Seminario

    Obama care is a law. There is nothing to talk about our's presidents have nothing to say to those idiots. Just fire every single member of Congress, with no money, no NOTHING. Tea Party terrorists !!!. We are with you Ms. President. We the people love you. Don't give in. Fire them all.

    October 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • chdouglas


      Can you please give me a reference site where the ACA law was amended by congress to exclude unions, government workers, the state of Nevada, and themselves? I cannot seem to find it. Since it is a law and the ACA states that government officials will partake in the exchanges, including congress and the executive branch, are you accusing the President of being lawless?

      October 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  10. bob dole

    I'd vote for him. I dont agree with all the things he did for the State of Minnesota but it seems he did improve it. Not only that he seem pretty dang honest and straight up. Also what country would want to go to war with us with a president that can beat up their presidents, putin included.

    October 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  11. g reese

    if she's an atheists, how can she say "thank god"

    October 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  12. Daniel Black

    If not Jesse then please give us voters someone of like ilk. I for one am SICK of the two major parties treating our government like it was their domain to rule. These clowns of both parties should be thrown out on their ears, couldn't hurt them as clearly they don't use them to listen to their true constituents just their big dollar donors. I am strongly in favor of no political party listing on any ballot as in my opinion that is contrary to how our voting system was intended to work. If any voter is too lazy to investigate a candidate's background and positions prior to election day then frankly I think they should just stay home.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  13. kay knudtson

    Jessi and others we need in the White house he will fight and may if we can remove in Congress those liberals who have turned red coat on us turn this country back to a producktive God fearing Gov again we have a chance to go into the future with a new horizon and hope

    October 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  14. clarinet

    Loser vs Loser. Yawn.

    October 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  15. boyscout

    With America in a free fall anyway it might as well be him. Who knows he might surprise us. At least maybe some truth about certain things might come from it and we could sure use some truth from a bunch of liars right about now.

    October 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  16. sirock

    After this guy got deck for running his mouth in a Navy Seals bar then is suing the Dead hero's estate no way. No class, no integrity no way.

    October 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  17. Cutter

    That gives me a little over three full years to finalize accommodations ELSEWHERE. No one deserves to live in a country with this guy at the helm.

    October 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  18. Hajo

    Just what we need...a conspiracy theorist for president.

    October 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  19. afnmvet

    Ventura for President? I'll think about it....NO

    October 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  20. iBod

    It would be quite interesting to see Ventura run as the Independent.

    Then, in a national debate we get a Triple Threat matchup between It's-Clobbering-Time Clinton, Chris Big-Show-Jr. Christie and The Body, Himself.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  21. Tutuvabene

    Oh no, Obamacare will become Jessecare?

    October 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  22. Gareth

    For every brave and valid position he takes, there's always his belief in crackpot theories about 9/11 and JFK's assassination dragging him down.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  23. Tom V.

    Yes please, do run!!!

    October 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  24. Phillip

    This guy lost all credibility when he did that government conspiracies show.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  25. wcb2000

    I would vote for him in a heartbeat.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  26. tony novotny

    After what he did for us in Minn., I would definitely vote for him. Unlike most politicians that we have today, he is honest and delivers what he says in his campaigns. He doesn't cave in to any party pressure.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  27. Mary Elizabeth Schipke

    I LOVE Jesse Ventura!! I would vote him into the president's chair in a nanosecond...... Maybe he is the "Alpha Dominant Male" this country needs to set it straight.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  28. tony novotny

    After what he really did I would definitely vote for him to lead this country!

    October 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  29. Bill

    20 years ago he might have been interesting. Now he's just a nutjob.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  30. Science

    I watched him in a parade once !

    October 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  31. Daniel

    Go for it! We need someone with REAL experience...a navy seal, a former governor, he's as good (if not better) than any currently under suspicion to run....I am fairly certain he wont take shit from anyone...

    October 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  32. Lawman53

    Well, he'll have the conspiracy nuts' votes, along with the aliens.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  33. woody

    It's as if the GOP has a death wish. The parade of lower intelligent beings to run for office is comical.They have already assured themselves of defeat by holding America hostage as domestic terrorist and now they want to roll out another Archie Bunker with Jesse Ventura. Who's his running mate going to be? Ted Nugent. Do their balloons ever land or will they ever see that along with their intolerant hateful evangelical chriistians their time is up.This is the karmic aftermath of decades of the "Good Ole Boys" club trying to keep everyone under their boot.This time however, they have to deal with a Man that would not allow them to keep him down.For SNl's sake please run Jesse and Donald Trump again.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • mike crist

      actually, he stated his running mate would be.....Howard Stern.

      October 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  34. Kong

    I will vote for you Jesse Ventura for 2016 Presidential Election. We should abolish those Bloods and Crips parties.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  35. Basha Richards

    Anything is better than what we have right now. Hired.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  36. benjamin

    It's just like the movie idiocracy.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  37. Hotdog

    Who in their right mind would vote for him? He is just another big bag of wind. All talk and no substance.

    October 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  38. ss

    while he does have some good ideas, he also has plenty of deluded views and has undermined his own credibility by his bizarre rants and behavior. shame, because just like alex jones, he makes some good points and then completely distracts from them by making things about himself.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  39. RxGuy

    OMG... Here we go just like the movie Idiocracy!!!

    October 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  40. hrdwrknjoe

    He'll make a wonderful addition to the GOP/TEA lunatic line-up.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  41. dfhdsgjdsgj

    I hope he does.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  42. ?!wut?!

    As a Minnesotan, you should have seen the faces of the other more notable and familiar candidates (Hubert Humphrey, Jr. ring a bell?, Norm Coleman?) . . . anyway it was priceless because they were all ensconced in their fancy hotel rooms expecting to hear they had won and at the eleventh hour the polls went crazy, literally and Jesse Ventura beat them both. Hearing that Jesse may run isn't just hot air, and with the political atmosphere in D.C. about the same as it was here then, he just may pull it off. American voters are disgusted with both Democrats and Teapublicans.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  43. blakenaustin

    If 51% of the American people will re-elect for a lying, incompetent fool like Obama, I guess Ventura has a chance.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Don't Forget

      Don't forget they voted for Bush......twice. And actually voted for Palin. Now that's scary!!!!!!!

      October 9, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  44. XXxxMacleodxxXX

    sounds good to me......

    October 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  45. Ron

    He's definitely not a Conservative and a little different, but probably more in touch with the American public than any recent president.

    October 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  46. TheOpinionatedOne

    I'd vote for Jesse Ventura for President in 2016. He's a heck of a lot better than anyone we have in office now, and any of the others rumored to be considering running for President in 2016 (ie; Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden). At the very least, with Jesse Ventura we know we can count on him to "KEEP IT REAL." If someone disagrees, he can just "slam 'em to the mat". No, seriously, I WOULD CAST MY VOTE FOR JESSE VENTURA!

    October 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
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