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 SandersBernie SandersSanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress Biden backs COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers MORE (I-Vt.) or Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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.

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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 Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE is the Democratic nominee and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas) by 3 points.

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