Jesse Ventura on Waterboarding, the Hulk’s Manhood, and Fiscal Responsibility

May 19, 2009
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Former Governor of Minnesota and professional wrestler, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, stopped by to promote his new book, “Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me,” and explained his position on torture: “Once you’re torturing ’em, they’re gonna tell you what you want to hear. Some of these guys we waterboarded 180 times…not only that, we should be above that. If we stoop to their level, we’re no better than they are…I told Larry King, if you give me a waterboard, Dick Cheney and one hour, I’ll have him confessing to the Sharon Tate murders.”

Jesse claimed he’d been a paragon of fiscal responsibility while he was in office, paying for every meal eaten at the governor’s mansion out of his own paycheck – and never charging the state for a travel mile. Howard asked about the time Jesse served as a Navy Seal in the Philippines, so Jesse laughed: “Within a mile of the base, there were 350 bars and 10,000 girls every night…prostitution should be legal. [And] Seals do not pay. Even in the Philippines. It’s an unwritten law…the regular Navy pays. The Marines pay. The Seals don’t pay.”

The Body Slams the Hulk

Howard noted that Hulk Hogan had disputed Jesse’s account of his attempt to unionize the WWF wrestlers, leading Jesse to strike back: “[Hulk] was accused of sexual assault in Minnesota…it was in the 90’s I think. Right before I was Governor…I knew she was telling the truth. You know why? She said there was this guy with a massive body and a tiny penis…so I believed her.” Jesse added that Hogan’s penis was a “baby penis.”