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April 1st, 2011
05:16 PM ET

Jesse Ventura: Sarah Palin will be 2012 GOP nominee, and "she'll do what she's told"

Jesse Ventura will be a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday night for the hour, and the wide-ranging interview touches on conspiracies, foreign policy and more. But in a green room Q&A after the interview, we asked Ventura about who he thinks will be the 2012 GOP nominee. Even though he despises both parties ("I'm an equal-opportunity despiser") he made his choice: Sarah Palin. "They're grooming her for it, she's got a TV show. It seems that elections today are more popularity than they are substantial issues," he said. "She's the type of person that certainly will be controlled by the status quo and the power structure. So she'd make a perfect candidate for them, she'll do what she's told."

There were a few very contentious moments during the interview. So what did Ventura think of Piers Morgan?

Even though Ventura think Piers is part of "the establishment," he said, "He's tough, he's a button pusher. I know now why CNN hired him, because he can definitely get you stirred up, as he did me."

Ventura also talked about his former career, in the WWE. He doesn't "particularly like it today," but he had positive words for recent PMT guest The Rock (Dwayne Johnson): "He always takes time out to say hi to me and that shows me what he's made of, because he never forgets the guys who came before him." Check out the full interview on Monday's "Piers Morgan Tonight" and look for a preview clip Monday morning about Libya.

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  1. carrieoki

    Jesse, I love you and have read your books, but must disagree. Sociopathic personalities do not do what people "tell them to do." Which is why Palin says what she says and does what she does. Read "the sociopath next door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us," by Martha stoudt, Ph.D., Crown, 2005; Broadway, 2006. You'll see what I mean.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. David

    Hey Jesse when are you going to announce you're running for president already? Common man, announce!!

    April 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joe G. (Illinois)

    There is a reason why investing in stocks is comparable to gambling. Just like political forecasting to... well, you figure it out. And there is really a logic behind all that unpredictability after all, as I'm not here saying that there isn't. But Americans and people in general, who time and time again pin all their hope and dreams to one man or woman, in my opinion bring shame to the human race for both ignorance, stubbornness, and clear cut proof of foul religious alliances.

    April 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. David

    Yeah why would "they" ask Jesse Ventura who he thought the Democrat or Republican nominee would be? I loved Ventura's response in the short post-interview clip above. Ventura doesn't have anything to do with the two party monopoly on politics, in fact, Ventura is 100% against it and rails against it all the time!!

    April 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Fay

    Jesse, you obviously don't know a lot about Sarah Palin. Although she will definitely be the 2012 GOP nominee, she will NOT do as she is told by the establishment. Anybody that knows much about her knows that she charts her own course with the guidance of her North Star (God). She stood up to the establishment in Alaska, and that is what we can expect in the 2012 election. Sarah is guided by principle and conservative values, not what the good old boys think.

    April 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • I AM RON

      Wrong!! Palin is much to stupid to voice her own views. When she does, it is usually a stupid comment. You must be kidding!!!!!! She will not be the nominee. You right wingers are dumb, but not that dumb.

      April 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • R. L. Sibbit

        She obvi.ously voices her views. Therefore, she's not to stupid to do that. You may disagree with her views. That's fine. At least think about what she has said and done and not so much the manner in which she is characterized by the media. liberal and republican elites.

        April 2, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • George

        I AM RON, the next time you talk about one person being stupid and a whole group of people being dumb, make sure to use "too" instead of "to". Though the irony does give us "right wingers" something to smile about.

        April 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • guest

        @ I am a Moron . Perhaps you should learn proper grammer before you cast your stones. ALTHOUGH, that is just my opinion.

        April 4, 2011 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • afroprepper

      B.S. That's why she has met with Henry Kissinger. Sarah Palin is a clown just like the rest of the career politicians. I was a proud AFRICAN-AMERICAN to see Jesse Ventura hand Piers his metaphorical clown azz this evening. One great point Jesse mentioned was the lawsuit. He isn't asking for money or material gain. He is suing for the rights of the AMERICAN people and for them to stop. He says he is doing it for himself and he is. If he can stand up to nonsense SO CAN WE ALL! I rest my case ESTABLISHMENT.

      April 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rick in California

    She m,ay be the nominee but will NEVER get elected. As screwed up as the republicans and tea party are, the people that really run the country will NEVER allow her to be elected. I'm talking about all the Senators and Congress people who are already bought and paid for. She will foul everything up for them. Especially since we have a squirmish going on. What a dolt.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tango

      You do realize that "squirmish" is a word used before Palin, right? It's been in the urban dictionary since around 2006. It's a perfect word for the situation. For such a dolt, she sure has a way of finding words, or making them up (like refudiate) that really define a situation.

      April 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ChesterVA-Nick

    I'm not sure if Palin will become the nominee, but she very well could – you know them republicans, all about stardom! Just like when Obama was elected, who did they put in the RNC Chairmanship? Michael Steele. Why? (and I KNOW I'll get critiscim over this) because he was Black! It is the truth!

    Anyways, Governor Ventura, I hope you launch a bid for President in 2012 – we REALLY NEED YOU! I will volunteer my ass off to help get you elected! You need me? I'll be there my friend! 100% all the way!

    April 2, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dan ran

    Rip his head off Jess! Lota a deserving using the word coward against a United States Navy UDT .What a cause.
    You killing this on national tv is what i wanna see. Get with Ted and yall run 2012.

    April 2, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bill from foxboro

    "They" and "the peple who run things" and "the establishment" ;give me 5 names, just 5 for now and one piece of evidence for each person. Doesn't have to be admissible in court – just something (not "must be", or "of course they are"). If Jesse Ventura is not giving names then I assume he's a liar trying to milk 2 -3 more national TV interviews. Sounds more like Jesse is doing "what he's told", not Palin

    April 2, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. I AM RON

    Correct! Palin is not smart enough to view her own thoughts....When she does, what she says is stupid.....

    April 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Carrot

    Yes, Palin is always saying something stupid. Like suggesting a no fly zone weeks before France and Obama. Or talking about death panels that didn't exist....except that thing regarding procedures being withheld if deemed too costly...even if it could save your life. Pfft, death panels never existed, that's why 'something' was taken out of the bill and then needed to be pulled a few more times when the dems tried to insert it back in. And boy is she sooo stupid, she recognized the power of the tea party way before anyone else. The idiot. And she managed to line up a whole group on new politicians that will be beholden to her. Just dumb luck.
    Of course the really smart people will still snear as they quote comedians when they bash her.(And ironically, will never question just how truly insipid that makes them seem)

    April 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Spike

      I'm with you, Carrot. The modern identifier of a stupid person? Invoke Sarah Palin when intellectually cornered.

      April 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. PhilipJames

    I think Jesse did a little too much mescaline combined with some LSD and maybe a snort of cocaine thrown in and has now found himself in a deep, dark place where his fantasy ideas seem to be sane. As for his grasp of the political future... well, back to the shed out back Jesse.... if he thinks Sarah Palin will be kowtowing to the Establishment, he has a bizarro world thing going there. She has never been controlled by the Establishment.

    April 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. tahDeetz

    All Jesse is trying to do, is to separate Palin from her libertarian supporters by saying she'll be controlled by the establishment.

    That's what the exchange was designed for, nothing more, nothing less.


    April 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dancro

    You'll never find Jesse's name in the wrestling box scores. That's because it's all fake and a fraud. What's this say about someone who would participate in a joke sport. Yep....Jesse continues to be a big faker.

    April 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. The Gipper

    Relax, all you Palin fanboys out there. Put yer hands back on the desk. She`s NOT running, not gonna give up that $1 million/year Fox contract + $100,000 speaking fee gig. Nor does she want (or could handle) the extra scrutiny that comes with being a declared candidate.

    April 3, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kalie

      Check that off the list of things I was cofsnued about.

      June 24, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. IKHAN

    If we look at the aspirants for leadership of America & the free world on our political landscape, we can only shake our heads in remorse and misgivings. The likes of Sarah Palin, Huckabee, Trump, Romney, Gingrich. is this the best we can do in producing visionary leaders with statesmanship ?
    May be Glenn Beck, Roseanne and 'pastor' Jones decide to join the race & cpmplete the spectrum.

    April 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. The Gipper

    "The likes of Sarah Palin, Huckabee, Trump, Romney, Gingrich. is this the best we can do in producing visionary leaders with statesmanship ?"
    No–that is only the "best" that today`s GOP can do. Gone with the wind are the days of nominating a visionary like Ike Eisenhower, who had seen the world and knew America`s place in it, wasn`t afraid to invest in the US Interstate infrastructure and warned us about the greed of the military-industrial complex.

    April 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • windrider2

      Sadly you're right. My grandparents & greatgrandparents wouldn't recognize today's Republican Party. And they would loathe it for standing for everything they abhorred about political parties. And frankly, the Democrats aren't doing any better. I don't think it's our parties. I think it's America. We're not capable of producing visionary leaders and statesmen, either in politics or business. There's not enough money in them, plain and simple. So we get politicians that are barely one step up from a 'reality' tv show (Palin, excepted; she's already there). They believe nothing, they say anything that will get them money and attention. They are loyal only to their own ambitions, and money always figures prominently in their plans. We're rapidly becoming just a another banana republic, with different music and costumes.

      April 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bill downie

      im a lifetime democrate but ike was a true american . i didnt vote for him but he did tell the truth .sometimes i wonder where we will end up in this world .my 3 brothers and i served during a lot of people i wonder what for .
      bill downie

      April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. IKHAN

    You got it right @ The Gipper.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. J Ullmer

    Jesse is a phoney! He claims he was a "Navy Seal". He wasn't. He was in UDT. They are a tough organization but they are not and were not SEALS. They went to Vietnam, Jesse was UDT and was never in country. Why won't Jesse release his DD214 and prove me wrong?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • harrypotterclone

      true dat

      April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mika

      wasn't the defunct UTD replaced by the SEAL in 1962? If so, that would make Jesse a member of the SEAL

      May 20, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Winston Wolfe

    I'm really looking forward to this interview as Ventura walks the fine line of pure & utter B.S. vs. stripping down a topic to it's bare bones. It will be interesting to see Piers push his buttons and if he is able to decipher what's self-promotion and what Ventura really believes.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Not Sheeple

    Honestly, Palin = Drone, Obama = Drone, Bush = Drone, 98% of people reading this = Drone,

    So for the majority of this conversation, Pointless... Since, in the end, YOU WILL ALL DO AS YOUR TOLD...

    Scratch Your ID chips off, cuz everybody ownz em...

    April 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John22s

      And it was the media that everyone watched. So it must have been true, correct and "complete". Lol

      April 10, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. truthbetold

    I respected Piers, and his interviewing skills, until this interview with Jesse Ventura. Piers was combative and derogatory saying that Jesses sounds like he is on lithium. Jesse has many interesting and valid points.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. SJB

    Hey CNN! Wherever you got Piers Morgan from, send him back! And Piers, take Dr. Drew with you please!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Andy Lee

    This was my first Piers Morgan interview to watch. I've been wanting to watch one one of his shows since he started but just honestly have forgotten to do so. Man did I stumble across a great one to watch! I'm hooked ad now a fan. With all respect to Mr. Ventura but sir you have completely lost it. I have never met anyone else in my life that has such whacked out opinions than you. Maybe staying out of the United States and down in the Baja really is a better place for you. I don't think you really do love this country. It sure seems to me he's so quick to rattle off his 2 cents and opinions and the minute he's challenged on them he back peddles and changes his answer. There were so many examples of this tonight~! I mean come on...says that our government should have absolutely no secrets whatsoever. It's our taxes and we should know everything anyway??? Says the wikileaks stuff is BS and were shooting the messenger. That stuff shouldn't be secret anyway???
    Hilarious~!! Soon as Piers ask him, well how about when you were in the Seals....How about when you were doing missions??? would you want those details to be put out??? At least he was honest in saying not at the time when it was current, but now, it's okay....My God Mr. Ventura are you kidding me~!! NOW??? 40 years after that "current" was for you.. What part do you not understand that we currently do have men and women in the battlefield in current operations and you are putting their lives at risk with these classified cables being released for everybody to see.
    Love the answer to about the body scanner stuff and TSA.....Can't even answer the question about profiling then..Who should be??? You obviously think you shouldn't be. Was real easy to answer...we'll I shouldn't since I have an upcoming law suit and have already talked too much..
    You've got to be kidding me..

    Way to go Piers~!!
    Keep em honest!
    will definitely start tuning in more often

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • John22s

      Was a great interview.
      Does he love this country? No.
      Is he a patriot? He is a patriot of the human race.
      What are "our" soldiers fighting for? The same thing "their" soldiers are fighting for.
      Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious.
      And, what if his conspiracy theories are correct?
      If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's broke.

      April 10, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. mrlgh

    Sarah Palin will NOT be the GOP NOMINEE...this is more obvious by the day!

    April 5, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. JP

    I am not a blogger, twitterer, or habitual commenter, however I have to say I was surprisingly entertained and intrigued by Peirs' interview with Jesse Ventura. I think that whether Jesse is right or wrong, what he is doing is key to the betterment of our society. We, as the public, have a responsibility to question those we choose to govern. We cannot sit idly by while our leaders feed us what they want us to believe. I have no doubt that what we are led to believe is far from what really happens (Bay of Pigs, Guatemala, and Iraq). We need to make those people who lead us, accountable for their actions. They are accountable to us...not to those who fund their campaigns which seems to be the norm in the world today.
    Keep up the great work Jesse and great interview Peirs (even if you sounded like a bit of a sheep at times!)

    April 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. harrypotterclone

    That read was intellectually stimulating. thank you for posting that

    April 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Manyfires

    I thought this interview was, by far, the most interesting and most entertaining of all of Piers' shows. Even though Jesse stated that Piers was a 'button-pusher', Jesse sure got Piers' dander up.. Jesse was definitely credible and I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Piers should have him come back on monthly. Then, I might actually watch the show.

    April 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. constanza

    piers, listen to this guy, really listen, as we should be doing and should have been doing during the pre-elections to ron paul. these are the real americans, the stalwarts of our society as reagan was, honest, straighforwaard, tough tell-it-like-it-is great americans. remember reagans policy to shrink government because as americans we should not believe the sentence "we're from the government and we're here to help you". the government couldn't give a s... about us. and as an american, i don't trust the government anymnore, i don't trust charities anymore, i don't trust anything in this country anymore. no wonder we are so alienated each from each other, protecting our dreams in "the caves in which we hide" thanks to the fear of pain and deception they've put us through. and now no fubnding for public television where these voices could be heard? piers, no offense, but even your being hired was a snobbish move on the part of cnn. it wasn't your intelligence, it was english accent that got you hired, we have people like charlie rose that are far more outstanding, but that geiko gecko voice as in more and more commercials these days betrays the american way of life far more than jesse ventura. i adore him, idolize him actually and he is a very unique man.

    April 10, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Citizen Cyx

    People in Germany would havw never thought their country could have ever turned into what it was prior to Hitler. The same playbook is being used in America today. Some of the same corporations that assisted in the murder of millions of jews are thriving in America today as well, (google I.B.M. and the holochost). It is complete disillusion to believe that we need to not suspect evil in our own political structure. I am more inclined to believe in an abscence of good given the evidence.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mika

      Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. TB

    Apparently CNN was scrambling to get a guest on Piers's show...somebody else must ave cancelled. Can you imagine David Gregory even giving the time of day to Jesse Ventura?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. constanza

    OMG. barbie for president vs. mr. slick. from pseudo-socialism to arianism or barbieism. that's how sick america has become. well, the majority these days is dumb, stupid and un-educated so i choose to create my own bubble, away, maybe far away from the US, maybe chile where people of all social strata think. america has become a joke.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Brenda

    Jessie, I love you dude. I watched your shows conspiracy theories. Thanks so much for revealing what you did. I definitely am not happy with our government leaders right now and feel like we are at the end of the church age. Because I know my Bible and what is taught in Revelation about the "Mark of the Beast" I can understand better what is happening with the world economy and of course with the new inventions of the digital angel, and the fact that our products and services are now barcoded with an international barcode and that barcode has 3 guard numbers in each barcode of products and it happens to be 3 6's. With the fact that the Jews are ready to build the third temple in which Revelation says the antichrist will demand that he be worshipped in and the onslaught of Islamic culture invading our country and being pushed by our President and Secretary of State it is all falling into place. I know the church age is coming to a fast close and we will be entering into the Tribuation period soon (time when God punishes those who rejected his generous gift of his son Jesus Christ who died for the worlds sin). My Ryrie Bible suggest Christ coming for his Church could be pretribulation, midtribulation or post tribulation. Pretribulation because the church is not being punished. Midtribulation because God promises protection from the Great Tribulation which is 3 1/2 years into Tribulation and then post Tribulation where the church is protected spiritually like the Jews were during the plagues in Egypt under the Pharoah. It would appear Obama is muslim, Clinton has a name that adds up to 666, Obama was put there by the Saudis who want to bring sharia Law to America and over throw us. It appears world wide. And the Fema Centers appear to be ready to infuse us with the chip that will combine the RFid and Obama or Clinton will put themselves out to be worshipped as God. The railroad cars are for those opposing the chip and are to be killed by the government. I love ya dude. Keep up the good work. Ask Jesus Christ to be your savior and Lord so you can raptured up into heaven. Trust that he paid all your sins and gives you his righteousness. Cause it is in the Bible, whomever accepts the Mark of the beast will be burned in hell forever because it is tied to worship. The antichrist wants worship. Be saved, hope to see you in heaven. Bye for now, and thank you so much.

    October 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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