Former Minnesota Governor, Navy SEAL, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura announced Thursday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
Mr. Ventura made the announcement on his ora.TV website.
“I am stating unequivocally that I am not running for president. I would love to run against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I’d love to debate them, but, just in case I would win, I don’t want to do the job. And if you don’t want to do the job, you have no business running for president. That’s how I feel,” Ventura wrote.
As late as February, Ventura was rumored to run for the White House as an Independent should Vermont’s Bernie Sanders drop from the race.
Ventura, whose political affiliation has varied over the last 30 years from Reform to Minnesota Independence Party to Independent, had been urged by supporters to seek the Libertarian Party nomination.
Ventura declined overtures, stating he feared any endeavor to gain the Libertarian nod would divide the party.
Libertarians nominated former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on Saturday.
Since leaving the governorship of Minnesota, Ventura has remained committed to a myriad of political causes, written several books, hosted his own television show on TruTV and is a guest commentator on cable news shows.
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