Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura Sounds Off

May 21, 2008

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura called in to discuss his new book, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me,” and said he now lived in Mexico half the year – in a fully solar-powered home – because he’s grown sick of Minnesota’s long winters. Howard asked if Jesse was a wealthy man, but Jesse evaded the question, saying he’s well off enough to ignore the prices on restaurant menus.

Howard commended Jesse for opposing the war in Iraq from the very beginning, so Jesse explained that, as a Vietnam veteran, he had a hard time backing the invasion of a sovereign nation. Howard asked if Jesse ever killed a man in Vietnam, but Jesse rebuffed the faux pas: “You don’t talk about that, Howard.” Jesse continued to cite great dissenters in history, like Jefferson (and the Dixie Chicks), but quickly drew the staff’s criticism for backing some of the September 11th conspiracy theories.