Jesse Ventura May Run For President in 2016, and Other Stories

Jesse Ventura has been in the news over the past couple of days.  I found this on Examiner.com:
 

Jesse Ventura for president?

It seems former Minnesota Governor Jesse 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 rest of the article can be read here .
 
For now, however, it looks like Mr Ventura will be appearing along with Gary Johnson at an event next week at the “Rally for Jobs, Opportunity and Diversity” event at New York University.
 

Read more: ‘The Body’ Jumps in the Ring With Gary Johnson

Also, here Jesse appears on Russia Today.  He talks about foreign aid, the Occupy movement, the TSA, abolishing all political parties, and his new book, among other things.

 Jesse Ventura on Russia Today

44 thoughts on “Jesse Ventura May Run For President in 2016, and Other Stories

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I really don’t know how he’ll do if he runs in 2016.
    I know he has a following, but I don’t know if that will translate to supporters for a Presidential campaign.

  2. Spence Returns

    He said the exact same thing four years ago. No, really. Exactly the same thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIGZfhi16GI

    This isn’t anything new. This is just Ventura trying to keep his name in the public sphere by any means he still has in his power to do so. I guess we can count those means on one hand, now can’t we? TruTV and Alex Jones.

  3. Spence Returns

    I would also add that if he actually WAS being serious, then he would have already run in 2008. As it stands, he will have been out of office for nearly 14 years in 2016, and he was only a one-term governor before that.

    Who here really thinks that his chance of gaining traction with mainstream voters appreciates the more irrelevant he is? Go on now, don’t be shy. Raise your hand.

  4. Oranje Mike

    Meh. It’s easy to make these claims and, I think, he’s using the debate demand as an excuse to fall back on when he does not run. He knows he’ll never be allowed to debate.

  5. Andy

    It’s a very big hurdle just to get Jesse Ventura on the ballot as an independent in all 50 states plus DC. This would require a heck of a lot of petition signatures, and it is a lot of hard work to gather them.

  6. zapper

    More appearances, higher appearance fees, paid guest slots and increased royalties from book sales … yup, all these things can be yours if you can maintain the mystique of a potential significant future Presidential candidate.

  7. John Jay Myers

    It always appears Ventura is saying,” if you do all the work, if you set everything up, if you accomplish the impossible on your own (50 state ballot access) and if you somehow get me a guaranteed slot in the debates prior to me lifting a finger, I will do it.”

    What a douche.

  8. Jeremy C. Young

    To be fair, if somebody would guarantee me the debates and ballot access in all 50 states, I’d run for president too.

  9. paulie

    In other words, he won’t run, because absolutely no one can guarantee him debate inclusion with Democrats and Republicans. That determination is not made until well after he gets on the ballots, which takes active participation from him – he has to sign various letters, among other things – and Tennessee makes him physically sign every page of signatures to be gathered (Johnson had to rearrange his schedule and fly in just to do that a second time).

    Does Ventura or anyone else think he can average 15% in major national polls first and THEN start campaigning? He would have to campaign very actively first to get to 15% (if he is very lucky).

    Thus, his demand for debate inclusion to come first is delusional, or cynical and a way to guarantee he will not run.

    He also thinks he can get 50 state ballot access without raising real money. Good luck with that. Even Ron Paul had to hire petitioners in 2008 as well as 2012 to get past much less onerous petition hurdles in only a few states, and he has much more of a volunteer base than Ventura.

    Ventura wants volunteers to navigate all the hurdles of independent/alt party ballot access? A few people here have some understanding of just how utterly unrealistic that is. For the rest of you….I will bet any amount you want that he can’t do it.

    So the bottom line is Ventura just said he won’t run, but in such a way as to make people think he will.

    He also keeps going back and forth between LP, independent, etc. The same kind of nonsense Roseanne Barr pulled. She was talking about being on 50 state ballots (well after it was legally impossible) and not willing to spend any real money, bouncing around different parties, etc. Birds of a feather?

  10. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I was a little surprised to hear him say, a couple minutes into the video, that he wants to abolish all political parties. Someone should call him on that, and make him explain how he thinks that would work. I kind of agree with all of you that he’s not serious about running.

    I can’t put my finger on why I don’t care for Jesse, but I never have. He certainly isn’t particularly offensive in the ways other political figures can be. Maybe that’s it: he’s trying to act like a political man when he just seems like a cartoonish performer still.

    He has certainly hired a good publicist, however, to get into the news so often when he really hasn’t done much lately but write a book.

  11. Austin Battenberg

    I like Jesse. Maybe he should run as someone’s VP. I dunno, I think if he actually tried he could do pretty well. But as everyone on this board has made pretty clear, he isn’t really serious.

  12. Q2Q

    I don’t know why Ventura doesn’t join the LP and plan a run in 2016. The LP has the best record for ballot access, he seems to like what the party has to say (or is just a fan on Johnson) and he would fit in with some of the more extreme, bizarro elements in the Party (truthers, survivalists, etc). Hell, we could have a Jesse Ventura – Lee Wrights ticket in 2016. Ventura-Wrights 2016!!!!!!!!!

  13. bruuno

    I think Spence, Myers and Paulie all nailed it regarding Ventura. My guess is he would initially do decently in polls but the more he talked the more his support would drop. By the time the debates came around he wouldn’t be near 15%. I liked him when he was Governor but since then he has gotten steadily more and more conspiracy happy and seemingly more and more ignorant on the issues (probably not really keeping up with the news in a serious manner).
    And I like the Barr comparison. Neither of them are serious or dedicated enough to do the hard work it is to run for President. So far this year Johnson, Stein, Goode, Lindsay and other 3rd Party candidates have impressed me in this regard (with the exceptions of Roseanne and Fellure). A big improvement over 2008.

  14. Andy

    “Hell, we could have a Jesse Ventura – Lee Wrights ticket in 2016. Ventura-Wrights 2016!!!!!!!!!”

    LOL at the suggestion of this ticket! If Jesse Ventura was going to run I think that he would attract a much more high profile Vice Presidential candidate, like say Andrew Napolitano or Alex Jones or even Gary Johnson for that matter.

  15. Andy

    “My guess is he would initially do decently in polls but the more he talked the more his support would drop. By the time the debates came around he wouldn’t be near 15%.”

    This is what a lot of people said when he ran for Governor, and those people turned out to be wrong.

    “I liked him when he was Governor but since then he has gotten steadily more and more conspiracy happy and seemingly more and more ignorant on the issues (probably not really keeping up with the news in a serious manner).”

    I’d say that the exact opposite of this is true. It is clearly apparent to me that Jesse Ventura has become better informed about what is really going on and more libertarian since he was Governor.

  16. Andy

    I think that reality is probably that Jesse Ventura is torn over whether or not he should run for President. I think that he obviously knows that this country is in trouble, and that he’s in a position where he can do something about it, but he also knows how vicious politics can be, and he enjoys his private life. I’ve heard that his wife prefers that he not run for office again.

    So there’s probably a part of him that wants to run, but another part of him is reluctant to do it.

    I see this as him laying down a challenge to all of the people out there who are his “followers” or “fellow travelers” so to speak, and that is that if they get together and organize a real effort for him to run for President in 2016, he’ll do it, but he’s not going to personally be involved in getting the ball rolling on a campaign.

  17. Root Sucks

    This is Jesse’s thing. He may also run for MN senate, maybe governor again too. I’ve also heard rumors about a county water board exploratory committee.

  18. Q2Q

    Draft Jesse Ventura for the 2016 LP nomination. He’s 100 times better than Johnson, and he has the charisma the LP needs. Ventura-Wrights 2016!!!

  19. Leslie Davis

    Jesse Ventura is a liar, cheat, briber and phony Navy SEAL. He was never in
    Vietnam, never in combat, and does not have the Combat Action Ribbon. He was a
    storekeeper on a ship that passed the Vietnam coastline so he is entitled to the
    Vietnam Service Medal. Even his name is phony. His name is James Janos. This is
    all documented in my book, “Always Cheat” The Philosophy of Jesse Ventura. My
    book cancelled Ventura’s plans to run for a second term as Minnesota Governor.

    I also confronted Ventura and his son on the Government Center Plaza in
    Minneapolis and forced them to leave when they were trying to befriend the
    Occupy Movement people, some of whom Ventura victimized when he supported
    torture at the Highway 55 police raid. You can find “Always Cheat” at Amazon.com
    or Barnes and Noble.
    In the Twin Cities “Always Cheat” can be found at most
    libraries. Or contact me for a complimentary copy.
    Leslie Davis,
    President
    http://www.EarthProtector.org
    612-529-5253

  20. JohnBalzer

    The complexion of the 2016 race is far, far from being predicted. There is one certainty. Gary Johnson’s excellent popularity in current polls is demonstrating the viability of the third party when you have a strong candidate. Ventura is plenty popular but Gary Johnson has more executive experience and a real plan to repair America.

  21. George Whitfield

    I have mixed feelings about Jesse. I admire his outspoken opposition to the Democrats and Republicans and his endorsement of Gary Johnson. But I question his sincerity about running for President by his laying out such impossible criteria required for him to do it. He needs to decide whether he wants to or not and then go to it. I suspect he does not really want to be a candidate for President.

  22. zapper

    Jesse Ventura is too much of a conspiracy nut these days to be taken seriously as a candidate for any high office. I could never support him.

  23. Austin Battenberg

    I could care less about ones positions on conspiracy theories so long as they work to reduce the size and scope of government. Perhaps Jesse is wrong on every single conspiracy theory, but if he became president and changed the status quo I would be happy.

    That being said, I think we all agree he doesn’t really want to be President.

  24. Andy

    “Austin Battenberg // Sep 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I could care less about ones positions on conspiracy theories so long as they work to reduce the size and scope of government.”

    I agree with something that Doug Stanhope said, in that he’d rather have somebody who questions government over somebody who believes everything that the government tells them to believe.

  25. bruuno

    #30- There is a big difference between questioning government and believing nutty conspiracy theories

  26. fred

    I also will run for president, but I only require one guarantee–that you get enough people to vote for me that I win the election.
    If you can do that, than I will run.

  27. Austin Battenberg

    @31 Just because he has a TV show and a book talking about conspiracy theories doesn’t mean he believes every single one of them. He investigates the claims, but he makes no claims of his owns. I watched the show and they mostly just tear down the official story, but leave one with more questions than answers. I think he does it more for money and publicity than anything else.

    I’m one who believes there is more to the JFK murder than just one lone gunman. Call me a crazy tin-foil hat wearing guy if you want.

  28. erik

    Hahah, to read some of your comments just makes me sad. When someone speaks the truth, questions everything, and wants to abolish party politics, the SHEEP go BAH BAH! Go back to watching MSNBC and Fox if you people want more of the same. More of the same policies, more of the same corruption, more of the same idiots in office doing nothing but for themselves. More of the same. More of the same BS bills with pork and hidden laws inside those bills. More of the BS propaganda from our “News” media. More politicians acting like megalomaniacal fascists. More freedoms being lost for the protection of “safety”. More cameras, more facial recognition, more police state, more abusing of prisoners, more secret prisons, more torture, more corporate slavery, more, MORE, MORE!!!

    You people can’t handle the truth.

    Wake up, and change the SYSTEM!

  29. paulie

    I have mixed feelings about Jesse. I admire his outspoken opposition to the Democrats and Republicans and his endorsement of Gary Johnson. But I question his sincerity about running for President by his laying out such impossible criteria required for him to do it. He needs to decide whether he wants to or not and then go to it. I suspect he does not really want to be a candidate for President.

    Exactly.

  30. paulie

    “My guess is he would initially do decently in polls but the more he talked the more his support would drop. By the time the debates came around he wouldn’t be near 15%.”

    This is what a lot of people said when he ran for Governor, and those people turned out to be wrong.

    There was an active campaign and no 15% threshold to get in debates.

  31. paulie

    Hahah, to read some of your comments just makes me sad. When someone speaks the truth, questions everything, and wants to abolish party politics, the SHEEP go BAH BAH! Go back to watching MSNBC and Fox if you people want more of the same. More of the same policies, more of the same corruption, more of the same idiots in office doing nothing but for themselves. More of the same. More of the same BS bills with pork and hidden laws inside those bills. More of the BS propaganda from our “News” media. More politicians acting like megalomaniacal fascists. More freedoms being lost for the protection of “safety”. More cameras, more facial recognition, more police state, more abusing of prisoners, more secret prisons, more torture, more corporate slavery, more, MORE, MORE!!!

    We’re on the same side on the issues, but I like having a Libertarian ballot label to tell voters we have libertarian candidates and build a brand, even though it’s not perfect. Most voters are not really going to investigate candidates in depth with or without a label, so getting rid of ballot labels would only help the parties and interests that already have a lot of money to promote their candidates, and hurt the alternative parties far more so than the establishment.

  32. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I don’t think you’ll find many people to take your advice here, Henry. Are you aware that you’ve stumbles into a blog about third parties? Many, if not most of us have fled the major parties, never to return.

  33. marc.w

    well i hope jessie gets in .That way are world will change for ever .Get rid of all scum bags that are ripping off the people .sick of natzys that are running the world .marc williams .

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