Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Jesse Won’t Vote, Matey

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

‘I have no one to vote for,’ Ventura says

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura said Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to vote in the upcoming elections because his views don’t align with any presidential candidate and because Independence Party candidates likely won’t appear on the Minnesota ballot.

“I can vote against someone if I want, but I have no one to vote for,” he said after giving a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Ventura also blasted President Bush, saying the president would not have volunteered for National Guard service during the Vietnam War if it had meant going to war.

“So our commander-in-chief won’t serve overseas, or decides not to, but yet is now sending all our National Guardsmen to do things that he wasn’t willing to do,” he said.

Ventura did not specifically criticize Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry, saying he was asked not to be political during his appearance.

Minnesota Republican Party spokesman Randy Wanke said Ventura’s criticism of the president “is nothing more than a baseless attack by Jesse Ventura in another weak attempt to regain the spotlight.”

In a speech and question-and-answer session, Ventura called for reviving the military draft, saying it would help end the war, and he joked about his new appearance. He said no Democrat or Republican would have the nerve to leave office and adopt his look: black hair and a black beard with four braids.

Even if he looks like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean, at least he’s not holding back on his disdain for Bush.