Jesse Ventura has, in a series of recent interviews and media appearances, talked about the possibility of seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2016, providing additional details about his intentions.
In an interview with WCCO, a local CBS affiliate in Minnesota:
In a uniquely Ventura approach, he says he won’t actually join the Libertarian Party.
“For the first time since George Washington, let’s elect someone who does not belong to a political party, a true independent, and, secondly, I will pull us completely out of the Middle East,” he said.
Ventura says he will decide whether to run in March of 2016. […]
This scenario of being able to capture the Libertarian Party’s nomination at their convention next May is actually possible under Libertarian party rules, according to Carla Howell, the party’s political director.
On Alan Colmes’ Fox News radio show, as reported by Sunshine State News in an article about both Ventura and Gary Johnson:
“I voted last time for Gov. Johnson, the Libertarian candidate,” Ventura told Colmes, adding he was exploring running again.
“You would challenge Johnson for the nomination?” Colmes asked.
“No, I would try to team up with him,” Ventura replied. “Johnson and Ventura.”
“How close are you?” Colmes asked. “Ventura and Johnson?”
“We’re pretty close,” Ventura answered, saying he would make up his mind about whether to run before Libertarians hold their convention in late spring. “ It will have to be made before the convention. They have the convention in late May, early June.”
“You talk to Gary about it?” Colmes asked.
“Not directly, but the Libertarians have contacted me, and have opened the door for me to come to the convention,” Ventura said.
Ventura also brought up the possiblity during a panel discussion on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:
“Imagine when people go in the voting booth, the disenchanted people, and they see these other Democrats and Republicans, and then all of a sudden they see Jesse Ventura,” he said.
However, Ventura said he would not join the Libertarians, even if they made him the party’s nominee — and the other panelists expressed serious doubts about his plans.
“Why would they agree to that?” Madigan said.