Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura (I) closed the door on any possibility he would run for the presidency in a statement posted on his Ora.TV show’s website, while arguing that he would still “love to run” against Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
“When I looked in the mirror, I thought, ‘I’d love to do the campaign this summer,’ But then, the fear that I might win started sinking in. I just didn’t want to win, and you have to run to win,” the Off The Grid host wrote. “I didn’t want to win because doing that job takes your freedom from you.”
Earlier this year, Ventura floated the idea of a third-party candidacy if Sen. Bernie Sanders were to lose the Democratic Party primary. He also said in his statement that fans had also urged him to run for the Libertarian Party nomination.
However, he said, he did not want to split the party’s support for current candidate Gary Johnson, and pledged to also offer his backing for the former New Mexico governor.
Ventura also expressed hope that both Democrats and Republicans could lose the election.
“I believe that, after watching this whole election, the country is FUBAR,” he wrote. “Since none of these candidates served in the military, I’ll explain what that term means.It means: F*cked Up Beyond All Repair.”