Earlier today former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura indicated on Twitter that he is “testing the waters” for a potential 2020 presidential run with the Green Party:
OK, I’ve decided I’m going to test the waters. IF I were going to run for president, the GREEN party would be my first choice. I’ve endorsed the party and I’m testing the waters. To be clear: I haven’t filed anything. I authorized a letter of interest that was sent on my behalf to the Greens and I’m testing the waters for Green Party nomination. I’m an independent. I’m not a Democrat or a Republican because I know they’re not the solution.
This comes a mere five days after Ventura denied reports he was considering a 2020 presidential run.
Ventura was elected governor as a member of the Minnesota affiliate of the Reform Party in 1998 and encouraged Donald Trump’s 2000 run for the Reform Party presidential nomination. He has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in every election since 2000. In 2016, he considered running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, but decided against it and ultimately endorsed the Libertarian presidential nominee, former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson.
The Green Party has held multiple presidential primaries with delegates bound to the winners. Thus far, union leader and longtime Green activist and party co-founder Howie Hawkins leads all candidates with 73 of the 202 delegates required for the nomination. Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter trails with 29 delegates.
The party plans to nominate a ticket at its 2020 national convention online July 9–12.