Jesse Ventura torn between backing Sanders, Trump
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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (I) on Monday said he is torn between supporting Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Road to renewable energy is filled with potholes of ‘magic thinking’ Bernie Sanders: Trump’s Charlottesville comments ‘embarrassing’ MORE (I-Vt.) or Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE for president.

“People give them no PAC money, no special interest money,” he told The Associated Press. "To me, that’s the most important thing."

Ventura said he admires both Sanders and Trump for campaigning outside of the Democratic and Republican political establishments. The former professional wrestler added that their bids resemble his own underdog gubernatorial campaign as a Reform Party candidate in 1998.

Ventura, who is still weighing his own White House run as an independent, also told AP he would not make a formal endorsement because he does not belong to either candidate’s party.

Ventura added that his final decision on seeking the Oval Office depends on who wins each party’s nomination. He said "the chances are better" that he would run if Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE is the Democratic nominee and Marco RubioMarco RubioScarborough: Trump has chosen the 'wrong side' THE MEMO: Trump reignites race firestorm RNC spokeswoman: GOP stands behind Trump's message 'of love and inclusiveness' MORE is her Republican counterpart. 

“I don’t want the revolution to die if Bernie gets beat,” he added.

Ventura was spotted at a Sanders campaign rally later Monday by a newspaper reporter who was told Ventura and Sanders had a private meeting planned.

Ventura’s remarks to the AP came one day before Minnesota votes on Super Tuesday.

Clinton leads Sanders by 34 percent in the North Star State, according to a Star Tribune/Mason-Dixon poll released late last month. Trump ranks third on the Republican side of the contest there, pollsters added, trailing Rubio by 5 points and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE (R-Texas) by 3 points.

--This report was updated at 2:09 p.m.