On Sunday, the Star Tribune published an article in which former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura discusses whether he will run for president in 2016.
Ventura continues to claim that members of the Libertarian Party have invited him to the National Convention next year to seek the party’s presidential nomination. Ventura says he may appear at the convention to seek the nomination, but would not join the party.
The article also includes a statement from executive director of the national committee of the Libertarian Party Wes Benedict, who suggests Ventura could win the party’s presidential nomination since he is well-known, “has an independent streak in him,” and backed Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson in 2012.
Benedict reports “More than a few [in the Libertarian Party] have said we should see about getting [Ventura] to run.”
Ventura has said he is open to running as Donald Trump’s running mate and is also considering running again for Governor of Minnesota. However, he says that if the Eighth Circuit reverses the $1.4 million judgment for him against the estate of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, he will move to Mexico and remain there permanently.