Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who flirted with running for president as an independent, tells Newsmax that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is too inexperienced to serve as vice president.
“Now here she is, after not even having been there for two years, she’s now going to be the VP!?” asked the 57-year-old actor and former pro wrestler.
“I can tell you, after two years of being governor, you still don’t always fully understand being governor. And now she’s going to be a heartbeat away from a man who already had cancer, and he’s 73 years old.
“I mean, realistically, John McCain could drop dead a week into office. She would then be the top person in the world. Is she prepared for that? I don’t believe so, having been a governor. After not even serving two years as governor, I was not prepared to be president.”
Ventura also took Palin to task for not completing her term as Alaska’s governor.
“I believe in finishing the job you originally got elected to,” he tells Newsmax. “Sarah Palin owes the state of Alaska two more years of being its governor. That was the agreement she made with voters.”
The former Navy SEAL commando added, “That’s like joining the Navy, and deciding after two years you’d rather be a real estate person, so you’ll quit the Navy. Well, it doesn’t quite work that way, does it? And that’s how I feel about it. I feel Sarah Palin owes two years yet to her home state serving as governor before she serves as the vice president. She should have turned it down, in my opinion. She’s not ready for it.”
Newsmax asked Ventura, whose new book is titled "Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me!," if he thought the intense media coverage of Palin’s family life was fair or politicized.
“Both,” he answered. “She brought her family up and put them in front of the media by choice. And she brought this unwed kid, the father, with [them]. So by doing that, she’s putting [the family] out there for the media to have access to them.”
Ventura says that’s why he did not invite his family to accompany him when he announced his candidacy for the governorship of Minnesota. Palin, he says, has brought the scrutiny on herself.
“If she did not want her family to be accessed, she should [not] put them out on display,” he says.
He concedes, however, that had Palin not presented her family to the public, she probably would have been subject to even greater criticism.
“Why? I don’t know, because again, this is about running the country, not running her family,” he says.
The former Minnesota governor, who co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film "Predator," is a staunch critic of the two-party system. He says he will not vote for either Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., or Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this year.
Ventura — who wrestled professionally as Jesse “The Body” Ventura against the likes of Hulk Hogan and others — explains that the two-party system is similar to professional wrestling.
“In pro wrestling, out in front of the people, we make it look like we all hate each other and want to beat the crap out of each other, and that’s how we get your money, [and get you to] come down and buy tickets. They’re the same thing. Out in front of the public and the cameras, they hate each other, are going to beat the crap out of each other, but behind the scenes they’re all going to dinner, cutting deals. And [they’re] doing what we did, too — laughing all the way to the bank. And that to me is what you have today, in today’s political world, with these two parties.”
Declaring, “I am not a lemming,” Ventura said, “I couldn’t live with myself if I voted for a Democrat or a Republican.”
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