On a recent episode of his Ora TV website show “Off the Grid“, Jesse Ventura hinted that he would be interested in running as the Vice-Presidential running mate with Donald Trump, should Trump win the Republican Nomination.
“Roger, let’s have some fun, though, for a moment. Let’s say hypothetically, Donald Trump somehow triumphs. Who do you think he should pick for his VP?” he asked Stone.
Stone suggested GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson for the ticket because, like Trump, he’s not a former politician.
“He’s a brain surgeon,” Stone said. “He doesn’t come from the world of politics. He’s also a straight talker. I think Trump/Carson would be a very strong ticket. Beyond that, I would try to find someone outside the discipline of politics.”
Ventura said he also wanted to be included as an option for VP.
“Roger, that throws me out of the equation because I’m a former governor. Do you think Donald will ever think of asking me?” he asked with a smile.
“I think people view you as an outsider, but Jesse you have to become a registered Republican under the rules of the convention, and I don’t think I could ever get you to do that,” Stone responded.
“Well, it would depend if it was Donald, because he don’t look like a registered Republican to me, either,” Ventura responded.
“Well, he is a great negotiator, Jesse, he may be able to get you to change your mind,” Stone said.
In 2000, Donald Trump considered a run for the presidency as a Reform Party candidate, an idea suggested by Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who had successfully ran for governor as an independent. While Trump ultimately chose to remain a businessman at the time, it is certain that his later flirtations with running in 2012 and now 2016 grew from this time period.
Trump has not ruled out the possibility of running as an independent or on a 3rd party ticket if he does not win the Republican nomination or feels he has been slighted by the process.
It is also worth noting that Ventura has also pledged support for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic nomination and leading presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton in some polls.[Ora TV] [Politico] [CNN] [Examiner][Photo Credit: AP]