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Old 05-17-2009, 11:19 PM   #1
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I want this guy as my senator!

Jesse Ventura- a total badass who is un phased by bullshit and not afraid to speak his mind...what a refreshing change of pace. I was very impressed by this interview.

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YouTube - Jesse Ventura On Larry King Live Part 1 Of 2 May.11, 2009

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YouTube - Jesse Ventura On Larry King Live Part 2 Of 2 May.11, 2009
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:23 PM   #2
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As some Minnesotans who had him as a governor. Not all of them were that impressed.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:33 PM   #3
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Minnesotan here...

Jesse wasn't that great, but hey, he's certainly better than the douchebag we've got now, Pawlenty.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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Some friends who live in the 'burbs of Minneapolis were quite unhappy with him as governor.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:49 PM   #5
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oh...

well from the video he seems like a cool and straightforward guy, but maybe he didnt make too good of a governor?
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:08 AM   #6
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I actually do agree with a lot of his positions, but as a politician, he just wasn't effective. Since he was an independent candidate, he didn't have party support to get his legislation made into bills. He also made some really bone-headed remarks while in office, not unlike a lot of other politicians, but most of his were made to spite people. As were a lot of his policy moves, actually.

For example: He decided to not live in the governor's mansion during his term, instead choosing to stay in his home in Maple Grove. Now, this sounds great, since he said it would save the state money because living in the mansion was unnecessary. However, it actually ended up costing us money to re-open it at the end of his term, and several working-class people who worked there lost their jobs.
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:17 AM   #7
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Celebrity politicians aren't always the best choice. As Californians are finding out.
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No shit. Why we didn't figure that one out before is beyond me...oh wait, we're Americans, and we believe in the culture industry through and through.
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haha .. I guess i just liked how straightforward he was with everything in the interview.
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I took a short peek at the videos

I am not surprised people respond positively to him.
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oh...

well from the video he seems like a cool and straightforward guy, but maybe he didnt make too good of a governor?
Plenty of cool and straightforward people around, which doesn't make them office material. Also, the military talk chest-thumping is completely off-putting.
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:41 PM   #12
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Plenty of cool and straightforward people around, which doesn't make them office material. Also, the military talk chest-thumping is completely off-putting.
true. I agree.
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Also, the military talk chest-thumping is completely off-putting.
Jesse is a libertarian who is completely against wars of choice.

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In a May 11, 2009 interview with Larry King, Ventura twice stated that George W. Bush was the worst president of his lifetime, adding "President Obama inherited something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. You know? Two wars, an economy that's borderline depression."[40] On the issue of waterboarding, Ventura added:

[I]t's a good thing I'm not president because I would prosecute every person that was involved in that torture. I would prosecute the people that did it. I would prosecute the people that ordered it. Because torture is against the law. *** [Waterboarding] is drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you -- I'll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders. *** If it's -- if it's done wrong, you certainly could drown. You could swallow your tongue. You could do a whole bunch of stuff. If it's it done wrong or -- it's torture, Larry. It's torture.[41]

Ventura then stated that he had no respect for Dick Cheney because he is "a guy who got five deferments from the Vietnam War. Clearly, he's a coward. He wouldn't go when it was his time to go. And now he is a chicken hawk. Now he is this big tough guy who wants this hardcore policy. And he's the guy that sanctioned all this torture by calling it 'enhanced interrogation'."[42]

Ventura also expressed interest in being appointed ambassador to Cuba should U.S. relations with Cuba continue to improve.[43]
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This is the part I agree with.
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He should have been the President. Too bad Americans seem so scared of an "Independent" party or candidate.
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