Jesse Ventura open to playing second banana on Trump ticket
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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura suggested Tuesday that he’d be glad to be Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE’s running mate.

“Do you think Donald would ever think of asking me?” Ventura said during an interview on his “Off the Grid” show with former Trump adviser Roger Stone .

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Ventura said he’d support Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.

“I shocked my staff today,” Ventura said. “I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.’”

“I’m not a Republican – I’m not a Democrat either – so ultimately I’d like somebody else overall,” the former WWE wrestler added.

In his endorsement, Ventura cited Trump’s ability to frustrate the influence of political parties and the mainstream media.

“These insiders to our government, you’re right Roger, Trump has scared the hell out of them, because as you said, they can’t control him,” Ventura said.

Stone has been doing interviews this week since leaving the Trump campaign over the weekend. Stone says he quit over differences with the direction of the campaign, while Trump says Stone was fired.  

Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998 as a member of the Reform Party. Two years later, Trump briefly entered the presidential race as a Reform Party candidate before dropping out due to party infighting.