After making news late last month about a possible White House run, former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura confirmed on Friday he won’t be running for president from the Green Party.
Ventura, a very popular figure in Minnesota and the country for his contrarian views on American politics, tweeted the following last Monday.
OK, I've decided I'm going to test the waters. IF I were going to run for president, the GREEN party would be my first choice. I've endorsed the party and I'm testing the waters. #mondaythoughts #MondayMorning #MondayMotivaton #MondayMood
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) April 27, 2020
The former wrestler became the governor of Minnesota in 1999 as an independent candidate, stunning both the Democratic and Republican candidates. Ventura has spent many years in public life, first as a professional wrestler, an actor, a mayor, and finally governor.
This is not the first time Ventura has played with the prospect of running for president. He was reportedly interested to run in 2016. He even expressed an interest to become President Trump’s running mate in 2016.
Relief Amongst Democrats as Jesse Ventura Confirms He is Not Running
Many on Twitter told Ventura he would be helping Trump if he ran for president this year. This is because Ventura would have attracted interest from progressive voters who agree with many of his beliefs and those of the Green Party.
Many in the Democratic party blamed Jill Stien for Trump’s victory in 2016. There were even stories claiming a Russian hand in boosting Stein’s campaign. Democrats blaming third party candidates for their losses is not a new phenomenon. In 2000, Democrats were furious with Ralph Nader for running in key swing states like Florida which ultimately handed the election to Bush.
Jesse Ventura going out of the race will relieve a lot of Democrats. The former Minnesota governor was planning to run from the Green Party. Compared to Dr Stien, Ventura is a much more popular figure. He could have possibly taken away a lot of progressive voters from Biden.
Right now, it remains unclear how Joe Biden and the Democratic party plans on winning back progressive voters. While Ventura not running would be helpful to the Democrats’ cause, it may not be enough eventually. Biden himself has not been able to build any type of momentum. He is instead fending off allegations of sexual assault from former aide Tara Reade.
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