Potential Minnesota Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Jesse Ventura, was interviewed by Al Jazeera on April 9.
In the interview, he says of the two major parties: “They’ve turned the whole business of elections into panhandling and bribery,” and “These two parties now have America $9 trillion in debt.” Ventura says people who work their entire lives to leave something for their children are actually just leaving an inheritance that will be seized by government to service the national debt.
One remedy Ventura sees for crushing the “two-party dictatorship” is the inclusion of None of the Above as an electoral option at all levels. Ventura says he believes NOTA would win many races across the country. He also said a “wasted vote” is when you don’t vote your heart or vote your conscience. Ventura mentioned a Larry King poll that said 88% of respondents, of which there were more than 15,000, said Jesse Ventura should be running for president.
In describing himself as a “small-l libertarian,” Ventura says this of Libertarian Party members: “I found out that the capital-L Libertarians are anarchists, they don’t believe there’s any role for government at all. And I certainly believe there’s a role for government, I just believe it should be far more limited than what it is. I’m fiscally conservative, but I’m socially liberal.”
The first question from a caller was in reference to Ron Paul. Ventura said: “I’m very familiar with Ron Paul. I think he’s probably the best candidate I could find with either of those two parties that were running,” and “The media didn’t give Ron Paul a fair shake.” Ventura said he admired Ron Paul’s answer to a question about the Benazir Bhutto assassination, when Paul said it was none of the U.S.’s business.
Of the border fence: “When it’s built, I’m going to climb it the opposite way” in protest. “I want pepole to wake up to the fact that a fence today to keep people out, might be a fence to keep people in ten years from now. And I don’t want to live in East Berlin.” Ventura, who spends most of his time in Baja, Mexico, says “the Mexican people — these brown-skinned people we’re so terrified of — I find them remarkable.”
Ventura was also critical of the “chicken hawks” who “duped” us into the Iraq War. He said the Democrats lacked courage to get us out of Iraq, for which they were elected in 2006. “The war is about oil,” Ventura said. “Anyone who tells you anything different is wrong — it’s about oil and oil alone.”
You can view the interview in its entirety below: