Jesse Ventura, bestselling author and former Minnesota Governor, announced on the Alex Jones Show that he will consider a run for president in 2016 as an Independent and not as a third-party presidential candidate.
Jesse Ventura for president?
It seems Ventura will likely make a bid for the White House if there’s a strong grassroots support out there that can guarantee him both ballot access in all 50 states and appearances in the televised debates.
Speaking on the Alex Jones Show, Ventura made clear his intentions, but noted that if he is not guaranteed those two aspects then he will not be running because it would be difficult for him to win. He also said that he doesn’t want a money effort where supporters raise millions of dollars for him.
“I’ve got to be in the debates, I won’t do it if I can’t have an opportunity to win and the only way you can have an opportunity to win is you must be included in the debates,” stated the often outspoken former governor. “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.”
The author of "Don't Start the Revolution Without Me" and "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read" said he made the decision when he was looking at the entire situation occurring right now in Washington and concluded that something needed to be done to put an end to the “two-party dictatorship.”
He added that it would be a “wild affair” to become a genuine president and not belong to a political party.
“When I was governor, I didn’t accept any PAC money or anything and all those special interest money. Did you know for four years in office I never met once with a lobbyist? Lobbyists were banned from my office. I told my staff I said, ‘I don’t need to meet with a lobbyist.’ I said, ‘They didn’t elect me, therefore, they get no audience with me.’”
Ventura served as mayor of Brooklyn Park from 1991 to 1995 and as governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003 and won as an Independent. As governor he supported gay rights, abortion rights, property tax reform, public education – though he opposed the teachers’ union – and medical marijuana. His state ran budget surpluses and a significant sum was returned to the taxpayers each year.
He has described himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
Since he left office, he was host of MSNBC’s “Jesse Ventura’s America” and is now the host of TruTV’s “Conspiracy Theory,” in which a third season is currently filming.
Ventura has been heavily criticized for his stances on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which was actually an investigative episode for his television show. Although he has not claimed 9/11 was an inside job, he does have many questions, such as: “How could this building [World Trade Center Building 7] just implode into its own footprint five hours later?”