Former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was elected in 1998 as a third-party candidate, told Larry King Tuesday night that he no longer believes in third parties. And he said he might return to politics some day, even though his wife won’t like it.
Ventura was on King’s CNN show talking about the Chilean mine rescues and his survival training in the military.
But Ventura’s cable television show, “Conspiracy Theory,” is about to start its second season, and publicizing that almost seemed like the prime reason for his appearance. (He also appeared this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”)
Ventura hinted that he’ll have some blockbuster new evidence in the JFK assassination case: “audio, visual, written confession.”
King asked him about his thoughts on the November election:
“It looks like the Democrats are going to take it on the snout, which shows me clearly that the country’s memory is about six months long, because they seem to be blaming President Obama for the economy, and if I remember correctly, things started going bad under George Bush and the Republican-controlled House and Senate,” Ventura said.
He said he’d like to eliminate both political parties, comparing them to street gangs that should be abolished.
On the Tea Party, he said: “They’re just an extension of the Republicans. I don’t support the third party movement anymore, because to me, the system is so corrupt that any third party, if it’s going to enter and be competitive within the system, will have to corrupt itself. We already have a two-headed monster — why would we want a three-headed monster?”
Ventura was elected in 1998, beating the DFL and Republican candidates in the race.
Asked by King if he’ll ever come back to the “political wars,” Ventura said he might, when his cable show is over:
“One never knows if one will get back in politics or not. I know my wife will hate to hear that, but she’ll go along with whatever I decide. That’s why we’ve been married 35 years.”