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Jesse Ventura’s shares his birthday thoughts about Sotomayor, Franken and Palin

Jesse Ventura took on a variety of questions from Larry King Wednesday — on the former Minnesota governor’s birthday, no less. Ventured offered his thoughts on a range of topics, including Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, ultimate fighting and his future plans in politics. Here’s a sampling:

Ventura, who appointed more than 70 judges while governor, finds Sotomayor “totally qualified.”

As to Al Franken’s election to the U.S. Senate, Ventura said it displays a sense of citizen government: “There have been letters to the editor here in Minnesota saying how embarrassing it is that we have elected a writer/comedian [to political office], just as before we elected a pro-wrestler,” he said. “I am more disturbed that people think we should elect career politicians and lawyers.”
And Sarah Palin: “She’s a quitter!” Ventura said. 

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 07/17/2009 - 07:28 am.

    How long has it been since one could laugh with, not ‘at’ your governor…how long since you could trust your guv, even though you might not always agree with him?

    I’ll take a pink boa anytime, over the boa constrictor we have strangling us today.

    One day late here, but wishing you a Happy and Blessed Birthday Ventura. You analyze as well as you did govern, yes sir…”those were the days my friend…”

  2. Submitted by Mike Haubrich on 07/17/2009 - 07:37 am.

    Jesse’s correct here. We have elected a writer/comedian, one who is well-educated and backs his opinions with considerable command of the facts. I am not sure why people try to hold it against him, other than they just want to put him down because he is a liberal.

    If conservatives don’t like him because of the work Franken did before running for office, perhaps they should look back at the deity they have created in Ronald Reagan. He was an actor before running for Governor of California, (sounds familiar.) At least, Franken wrote his own lines.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 07/17/2009 - 09:39 am.

    As Beryl said, one might not always agree with the the former governor, but you always knew where he stood.

    Perhaps Ventura would have had better outcomes in his tenure if the GOP and the DFL had not taken Ventura’s victory over them so personally. Although Pawlenty lent some support for the tax cuts. There was never really any partnership on much else.

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