Presidential races

Jesse Ventura torn between backing Sanders, Trump

Getty Images

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (I) on Monday said he is torn between supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Donald Trump 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 Clinton is the Democratic nominee and Marco Rubio 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 Cruz (R-Texas) by 3 points.

–This report was updated at 2:09 p.m.

Tags Bernie Sanders campaigns Democrats Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Marco Rubio Politics Republicans Ted Cruz
See all Hill.TV See all Video

Most Popular

Load more

Video

See all Video