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Ron Paul's running mate: Jesse Ventura?

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Former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura

As presidential hopeful Ron Paul continues to gain momentum in his bid for the GOP nomination, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has suggested that the two of them could cause quite a stir if Paul would bring him on board as his running mate.

“It would create unbelievable excitement if Ron Paul and I ran as the libertarian ticket,” Ventura told radio host Alex Jones of Infowars during a Tuesday night broadcast.

The former governor and Navy veteran gave up a career with professional wrestling to enter politics in the 1990s. Following a term as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Ventura waged a grassroots campaign as a candidate with the Independence Party to successfully win the race for governor of the state in 1998. Earlier this year he published a book titled 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, in which he calls out America for dozens of conspiracy theories.

Though he has not held an elected political position in years, Ventura suggests that the team of Paul and Ventura running on the Libertarian ticket could be a big move for America. And while Ventura says that Paul is picking up speed in his race, the Texas congressman is going to have to dig deep to garner the support of the voting public that neglects to hit the polls.

“Ron Paul can win. It’s out there. All you got to do is activate and get the silent voters out to vote,” says Ventura. “You have to give them a reason to see their vote.”

When quizzed by Jones on if he would seriously ponder running with Paul given the opportunity, Ventura said he would give it “very serious consideration” but would have to take it up with his wife first.

Ventura was explicit in that it wouldn’t be a GOP ticket that would bring the two together, however. “Ron Paul needs to quit the Republican Party, get the nomination for the Libertarian Party,” says Ventura.

Following last week’s televised Republican debate on Fox News, Paul won an online poll that pegged him as the most likely candidate for the GOP bid. Elsewhere he has polled strong in surveys of the candidates, often placing within the top-three.

Following the debate, another notorious indepdent, former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, offered his support to Paul:

“He wants to get out of these wars overseas, he wants to bring the soldiers back, he wants to cut the bloated military budget, he wants to change some of the anti-civil liberty provisions in the Patriot Act, he hates corporate welfare an all these bailouts of Wall Street crooks,” Nader said to CNN. “He ought to get more attention, instead of ten times more attention being given to Michele Bachmann.”


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One Response to " Ron Paul's running mate: Jesse Ventura? "

  1. Newsletter says:

    Although Ron Paul is very quiet and hasn’t given any reason for not going to war with Iran, :roll: but his argument against Bush sounded very good. Here’s Paul’s speech before the U.S. House of Representatives on February 16, 2006.


    “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this very dangerous legislation. My colleagues would do well to understand that this legislation is leading us toward war against Iran.

    There are a few things we need to remember when thinking about Iran and this legislation.

    First, Iran has never been ruled in violation of its international nuclear non-proliferation obligations.

    Second, Iran concluded a Safeguards Agreement more than 30 years ago that provides for the verification of Iran’s fulfillment of its obligation to not divert nuclear energy programs to nuclear weapons development. Since this agreement was reached, the International Atomic Energy Agency has never found any indication that Iran has diverted or attempted to divert source or special nuclear materials from a peaceful purpose to a military purpose.

    The briefings will focus on the White House’s belief that a country with as much oil as Iran would not need an energy program on the scale it is planning, according to two officials.

    The resolution’s second resolved clause is a real misrepresentation of the Iran/ EU3 talks. The “efforts of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom” were not “to seek … suspension of enrichment and reprocessing related activities…

    As the EU3- Iran Paris Agreement makes very clear, the suspension of enrichment is a purely voluntary measure taken by Iran and is “not a legal obligation.

    Mr. Speaker, this resolution is a drumbeat for war with Iran. Its logic is faulty, its premises are flawed, and its conclusions are dangerous. I urge my colleagues to stop for a moment and ponder the wisdom of starting yet another war in the Middle East.”


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