-- He rode a wave of voter anger to a surprise win in a Minnesota governor's race more than a decade ago. Now Jesse Ventura says he could try it again, this time for president.
On CNN's "Crossfire" Friday night, the always-outspoken Ventura declared himself "a member of no parties" as he called for the abolishment of political parties. Asked if he would run for president in 2016, Ventura quickly said, "Maybe."
Ventura, the former wrestler and current host of a television show on conspiracy theories, ran as the Reform Party candidate when he won the governorship in the 1999 election. But he said the real answer to change in politics would be just listing a candidate's name on Election Day.
He said that would force voters "to educate themselves. What does John Smith stand for? Let's remove the ballot labels," he said on "Crossfire."
"That's a great start. It could be done locally, and it could spread like wildfire."
Would he want voters to educate themselves about him in the next presidential race? It's not the first time he's talked about the idea as he promotes his new book, "They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK."
He told "Piers Morgan Live" earlier this week it would be realistic only "if I'm allowed in the debate. But you notice those two parties control the debates? They won't let anyone else in them. If I can debate them, Piers, I can beat them. It's that simple."
And in a radio interview last week, he said he'd want his 2016 running mate to be radio host Howard Stern.