Wrestling legend, former Governor of Minnesota and conspiracy theorist author Jesse "The Body" Ventura was back in the public eye Monday night when he appeared on Piers Morgan Live, shilling his new paperback book called DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government.
He's still dreaming of a Presidential run, thinking that 2016 would be the perfect time for him to win a stint in the White House:
"As an independent, you don't want an incumbent, so the office will be wide open.... I'll tell you right now what I would run on: I would run with no political party and I would give the people of the United States of America the opportunity to elect their first president since George Washington – the father of our country – who does not belong to a political party and I believe the time is right for that in 2016. I believe on that issue alone, you would have a great chance to win the presidency because there are that many people out there who are completely disgusted with both of these political parties, and would have the chance to make history and elect since George Washington, with no party affiliation, if Jesse Ventura ran."
He was on solid footing with that well prepared pitch, but came off a bit clueless at other points in the interview perhaps because he's spent several months in Mexico and hasn't been following the American news. That's political dedication for you!
In 2008, Ventura wanted WWE owner Vince McMahon to bankroll his Presidential campaign as an independent candidate, but he never responded to his overtures. Now, in an interview with James Guttman's ClubWWI.com, Jesse is saying if the McMahons had given him the $100 million they spent on Linda's two failed U.S. Senate election campaigns, then he'd have won the Presidency:
"If Vince would have given me that kind of money, I'd be the President. How's that for a quote?"
He's living in his own fantasyland if he believes that, but still it would have probably been a better investment in terms of nationwide publicity if the McMahon family had backed this loose cannon stallion rather than their own startled filly.