Minneapolis. Jesse Ventura’s resume is impressive and colorful – professional wrestler, Minnesota Governor, TV show host, political spokesman. But in 2016, Ventura looks as if he may try to add another title – President of the United States. While making the talk show rounds, the former Governor announced that if a serious grassroots movement stepped up, he would run. With the ‘draft Jesse’ movement already waiting, it looks as though America may have its first 2016 Presidential candidate.
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura says he made the announcement on a handful of political talk shows. But it’s the clip from Alex Jones’ InfoWars that is getting the most buzz. Both Ventura and Jones appeal to the typical skeptical, anti-establishment, educated voter. And while Jones goes out of his way to be non-political, Ventura has never shied away from defending all independent and third parties. For that selfless, sincere effort over the past 20 years, Ventura has slowly and quietly built a loyal and dedicated following.
While talking live to Alex Jones on the September 13 InfoWars show, Jesse Ventura interrupted Jones to make an announcement:
“Alex, I got hot news for you. And I’ll tell you this for all your listeners. I stated that if a grassroots campaign took place across America, grassroots, and didn’t cost any money, if they got me ballot access in all fifty states, and if the grassroots campaign could guarantee that I would be in the debates, that I will give serious consideration 2016 of running for President.”
Ventura goes on to challenge any detractors using a basic and fundamental American principal – competition. Ventura tells Jones:
“They always tell us that competition is tremendous in the private sector, right? It’s good to have competition? How come there’s no competition in the public sector? Why do we only get two choices? Why for twenty years have we not seen a third voice in a Presidential election?”
Running as an independent
After stunning show host Alex Jones, Ventura was invited to repeat his announcement. The former Governor again stated he would consider running for President if there was, “a grassroots effort, not a money effort. I don’t want millions of dollars raised.”
He goes on to put to rest and question of which party’s banner he would run under. Ventura was elected Minnesota Governor as a candidate of the Independence Party, the same party as Sarah Palin in Alaska and Michael Bloormberg in New York. In 2016 however, Ventura insists he would only run as “an independent”. He states:
“If they can guarantee me the debates, and guarantee me ballot access in all 50 states, I will give very strong consideration to running for President in 2016 as a complete independent, with no party.”
Debates and ballot access
Jesse Ventura may as well make a condition of his candidacy that the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. He knows as well as anybody that both of those all-important opportunities are always withheld from independent and third party candidates by the two establishment parties. There’s no way anyone can honestly guarantee him either of those demands.
But Ventura’s right about one thing – a candidate can’t win if he doesn’t have ballot access and isn’t included in the debates. Right now, the Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is struggling with the same dilemma. Through an impressive effort by the party’s state chapters, Johnson should be on the ballot in at least 48 states and DC. His campaign is also currently suing the Commission on Presidential Debates, as well as the Republican and Democratic Parties for excluding him from this election’s Presidential debates. The debates are scheduled to start Wednesday, with the first nationally televised debate taking place at the University of Denver.
Speaking of former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Ventura has been acting as an unofficial surrogate for the Johnson campaign for months. At one point while doing a live interview with CNN, Ventura suggested that viewers should vote for Gary Johnson. By the time the show was posted to the network’s website, Ventura’s endorsement had been edited out. Such are the tactics that establishment media outlets take to censor opposition politicians like Johnson and Ventura.
Will Jesse Ventura really run for President in 2016? We’ll probably have to wait until 2015 to find out. So far, it looks like he just might, especially if he keeps clearing the field of other potential independent candidates this far in advance. And if he does run, one thing is for certain – the campaign will be interesting. Remember, Ventura is the candidate who ran television commercials showing his Jesse Ventura action figure beating up a suit-wearing action figure his TV spot called ‘Special Interest Man’.
For more information, Ventura has two unauthorized websites run by supporters at JesseVentura.com and JesseVentura.net.
For more information on the Gary Johnson for President campaign, visit the candidate’s website at GaryJohnson2012.com.
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