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April 5th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

Jesse Ventura talks conspiracy theory, 2012 presidential race

He's been the governor of Minnesota, a Navy SEAL, a pro-wrestler, a Harvard professor, and most recently an author. Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry, Ali Velshi and Christine Romans talk politics with the man himself, Jesse Ventura.

Ventura, the author of a new book 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read, explains the documents in his book and gives his take on the 2012 elections. Does he think a third party has a chance in the 2012 presidential race? "Probably not because as Ralph Nader said we live under a two-party dictatorship." Ventura tells AM. "Nobody else is let into the game."

Ventura says if Ron Paul leaves the Republican Party and chooses to run in 2012 under a third party, then he would consider being Paul's running mate.

For more of Ventura's outlook on the day's politics, watch here:

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  1. Dr Joseph P. Sinda

    Perhaps being a Disabled Veteran and first working with Jesse Ventura on the set of James Cameron's "PREDATOR". He knows whats going on.He knows my Friend Hanshi Frank W.Dux "The Secret MAN".
    Jesse wants to Educate and inform people. I don't have a RED BADGE of Courage.Like Jesse, I'm Not a Wuss. Their taking away our Rights.
    Do Not Go Quietly into The Night. Don't let Them Tread All Over You.
    Sure it's good rating Numbers to throw Stones and vicious enuiendos
    at Jesse Ventura. Stir up more Propaganda for a Media Madness.
    Im saying give this man a Platform to sell His Books. Give him Freedom of Speech. He's highly Intelligent. We All have Bones in our Closets.
    Politics is About Religion and Deception. Go figure. Your just Lucky that Reverand Jesse Ventura doesn't start His Sermon On The Mount
    of The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Next time.
    Dr Joseph P. Sinda

    April 15, 2011 at 3:42 am |
  2. WhatmadeWTC7collapseinyouropinion

    Thank you to CNN for allowing Mr Ventura on your show. I think Ventura is a courageous veteran, but he is also very intelligent and articulate, which is not immediately apparent. The government has lied about a lot of things, like the activities of its CIA, the WMD in Iraq, deliberately infecting black men with syphilis, the activities of its police, financial improprieties by its high officials, etc. I don't think anyone would be surprised if it became known that the high echelons of the US Government orchestrated 9/11 in collusion with the Mossad/Israeli right-wing/neoconservative types. Doubtless, there are more than 13 people that want to comment on this story, but many of them are intimidated; I'm not asking for a red badge of courage, either. A lot is made these days of the importance for civility, so why not have a civil discussion about the WTC 7, and debate what, in everyone's opinion made that building collapse???

    April 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  3. So Obvious

    Funny....Jesse doesn't have to GIVE his books away people buy them...Leslie guys must be desperate to make people hate this WONDERFUL, INTELLIGENT MAN!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  4. David Stevens

    I did not like when he got elected here in Mn. But after a few months he made sense. We had a surplus then. He wanted to make a rainy day fund. I agreed!!! I could see then the writing on the wall. When things started going downhill he suggested cuts no one wanted to make. He even tried to mothball the mansion. Now after Plenty of plenty our state is broken and struggling. I miss him!!!!
    Is he off on these conspiracies.... Maybe but we should be questioning our government and it's actions. Talk to a Vietnam war vet!!! Ask why African American men were used for medical experiments?? Ask why before World War II women were "cleansed" based on disability.
    Ask why our Government ignored 911 warnings from FBI in Mn. Warnings from Israel and France. Sense when did we become a nation that follows blindly???

    April 6, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  5. Leslie Davis

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    – Ventura lied about being a Navy SEAL on active duty. He joined the SEAL Reserves after active duty. (Page 102).
    – He lied about being in Vietnam. He told Dennis Anderson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that “you haven’t hunted until you’ve hunted man”. Ventura was never in combat and he never hunted man.
    – Bribed a candidate on July 17, 1998 so he could run unopposed in the Reform Party and keep his radio show. Call for free video of the actual bribe.
    – Bribed Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner to fix the 1998 bribe by giving a job to her boyfriend, John Wodele, as his Communications Director.
    – Told single moms that they were on their own if they tried to get help.
    – Told University of Minnesota students to “win if you can, lose if you must, but Always Cheat”.
    – Insulted people who were religious or mentally ill.
    – Killed caged birds at a game farm with Maria Shriver and Charlie Weaver.
    – Endorsed “torture” of people at Highway 55 when 600-law enforcement (the largest police action in Minnesota history) arrested peaceful protesters trying to prevent demolition of homes for a road. Many protesters were handcuffed behind their backs and pepper sprayed in their eyes. (Page 4).
    – Ventura took government money to go to school in Hennepin County and later told students that if they were smart enough to go to college they should be able to figure out how to pay for it.


    April 6, 2011 at 3:22 am |
  6. Jennifer

    Ventura for President!

    April 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  7. wipster

    I applaud American Morning for giving Jesse Ventura the opportunity to actually answer the questions posed to him, in contrast to the lack of respect shown to him Monday night by Piers Morgan in that supposed interview. All three of the interviewers this morning treated Jesse with the courtesy and respect he deserves, in particular Ali Veschi and Christine Romans. While an interviewer may not agree with Ventura's opinions, they should at least concede that he has done a considerable amount of research on the subjects before reaching his conclusions.

    I anticipated such an interview last night by Piers Morgan, but it quickly became obvious that all Piers was interested in was "pushing Jesse's buttons" so that he would get angry and fly off the handle. I believe most people who watched that show were as disappointed as I with Morgan's lack of professionalism and Ventura's ability to stay relatively calm when being called a "coward."

    I look forward to reading Jesse's new book now more than ever.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  8. Phil

    Finally someone telling it like it is on Main Stream Television. Jesse is a true patriot. There is no denying that.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  9. Orangutan.

    Research 9/11. Spread the information. Be the Media.

    Ask Questions. Demand Answers.

    Thanks Jesse! Thanks CNN.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  10. Lar

    Did u NOTICE the smirk on Jessy's face when he said IF RON PAUL LEAVES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? When Ron Paul received tons of $$ from Supporters (pre election) we all thought hed run as an independent – he DISAPPOINTED all of us proving his loyalty to the GOP – the GOP is playing both sides of that IMAGINARY fence – just in case!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  11. wipster

    Thank you American Morning for giving Jesse a chance to speak his mind with constantly interupting him and badgering him as Piers Morgan did in his supposed "interview" shown last night. Frankly I think Mr. Ventura had every right to punch him out and walk off the show and I think he showed great restraint by not doing so, This interview was at least conducted cordially and with respect for the interviewee.

    Regardless of what you think of Ventura's opinions, he has at least reserached all of the issues he discusses and has more knowledge about them than 99% of the people that try to call him out on his views do. I applaud his courage by bringing many of these issues to light. Unfortunately I doubt we'll ever know the truth about what actually happened on 9/11 because if we did, there would be an uprising in this country that would make what occurred in Egypt look like a tea party (no pun intended). I'm sure President Obama knows, but he also realizes the consequences of letting the facts actually be known... and that's too bad.

    I encourage everyone to buy both Jesse's new book and his prior one, "American Conspiracies." He's done his homework and they will open your eyes to what our government and other powerfl interests have actually be up to. Ike was right unfortunately and the Military Industrial complex has won... for instance, what ever happened to the "Peace Dividend?" We had to invent a new enemy and Cheney had 8 years out of office to do so.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  12. Erick

    Jesse Ventura is a loon, and is not taken seriously by anybody outside a Springer show

    April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  13. susan walker

    Love him... lets vote for Jesse for President!!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Trevor

    Hopefully Ventura and Paul can move power back to the people and reestablish a once truly great country!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  15. stew

    Good for you cnn to have this great man coming on and telling the truth.
    Many people think exactly the way he does, and it was great that you gave the real mainstream America a chance to be heard.

    April 5, 2011 at 9:18 am |