Jun 1, 2013 at 7:04 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is back from his part-time home in Mexico and eagerly spreading the idea he could run for the U.S. presidency in 2016.
Ventura volunteered the possibility while at Minnesota's Capitol on Friday_ and pushed back against skepticism that he would re-enter the fray after being out of office since 2003.
He says the next race is ``an opportune time'' for an independent like him to run because there will be no incumbent. He says he's approached radio shock jock Howard Stern about being his running mate.
Ventura supported Texas Congressman Ron Paul during the 2012 GOP presidential primary. The former actor and ex-pro wrestler won election in Minnesota as a Reform Party candidate, but later disavowed party ties. He served a single term.
Ventura spent the day at the Capitol to mark the retirement of a veteran gubernatorial bodyguard.
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