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Jesse Ventura for president? Former governor toying with idea...

 Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is pictured at a rally for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2012. (Pioneer Press file photo: Jean Pieri)

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is pictured at a rally for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2012. (Pioneer Press file photo: Jean Pieri)

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016.

Ventura returned from his winter home in Mexico last week, and during a stop Friday at the state Capitol, he floated a trial balloon for a White House bid.

He told reporters 2016 will be an “opportune moment” for an independent presidential candidate because no incumbent will be running and the public is fed up with the two major parties.

“If I were to decide — and I haven’t, and may not — I believe one issue would carry me to victory,” he said. “I would give the people of America their first opportunity to elect a president who doesn’t belong to a political party since George Washington.”

In addition to being an independent, Ventura said, the key to having a shot at winning is having the “ability to rise above the mainstream and get the press, which I have never had a problem doing. You guys like me, I guess.” Read more via Pioneer Press...

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