Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura declared he will not run for president in 2020 after “testing the waters” for a run with the Green Party. He made the announcement Friday during a press conference at the headquarters for the Green Party of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
“Unfortunately, I don’t see the logistics coming into play, time is an element,” he explained. “The Green Party names their candidate in July, I truthfully couldn’t become available until mid to end of June, so therefore, the system itself will stop me from pursuing as it is right now.”
In addition, Ventura tweeted:
Thank you to all my supporters. Yes, I have decided not to run at this time. I will still be voting Green all the way and I encourage anyone whose fed up with the two parties to do the same.
Ventura, a former professional wrestler who was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998 as a member of the Reform Party, has toyed with the idea of a presidential run in every election cycle since 2000. However, he has never officially launched a campaign.
The announcement clears the path to the Green presidential nomination for union leader Howie Hawkins, the co-founder of the Green Party and the current presidential nominee of Socialist Party USA. Hawkins holds a commanding lead in delegates with 106.5 of the 202 needed to secure the nomination; ahead of the second place candidate, former Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter, who has 40.5 delegates.
The Green Party is to select its presidential ticket at an online convention July 9–12.