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June 11th, 2012
09:58 PM ET

Jesse Ventura on political parties: "The best thing we could do is on every ballot remove all gang names and gang symbols"

This evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed back outspoken author and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura for his unique brand of perspective and candid commentary.

Joining Piers Morgan for an exclusive live interview, Ventura detailed his distaste for modern-day political parties. Likening Democrats and Republicans to California's most-infamous gangs, Ventura has adopted the terms "Democrips" and "Rebloodicans." Red states and blue bandanas not withstanding, he said it's far worse in Washington than it ever was in Los Angeles:

"The Crips and the Bloods, the street gangs, while they can be devastating to a certain small part of the population, the "Democrips" and "Rebloodicans," they affect everybody in this country and they've been in charge for 100 years."

A former professional wrestler known by the nickname "The Body," the 60-year-old independent supplied what he feels is a possible alternative solution:

"The best thing we could do is on every ballot remove all gang names and gang symbols," he suggested. "Allow them to run on their names. That way, it becomes important that the voter educate themselves."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the long-time grappler takes popular politics to the mat, in hopes of crowning a new system as champion.
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  1. Art

    Jesse is right on track here! If Jesse runs, he has my vote; if not, I'm voting for Gary Johnson!

    June 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mikes318

    Boy does he hit the nail on the head. Agree 100% with his views on why congress does not get anything done. I have been saying this for years. I hope people listen.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tom

      interesting Jessie said we have military in 270 countries, but there are only 196 countries in the world.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • bryan

        There are 193 members of the United Nations. Unfortunately, the number 193 is too often used to represent the number of countries in the world. The United States' State Department recognizes 195 independent countries around the world. Their list of 195 countries reflects the political agenda of the United States of America and its allies. However...

        Recognize that there are dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes erroneously called "countries" but don't count at all – they're governed by other countries. Places commonly confused as being countries include Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England – they're not fully independent countries, states, or nation-states).
        all in all if one starts counting you'll come to about 270 countries/territories/independents/unrecognized.

        July 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tod

    I agree with Jesse 100% also!!! Come on people WAKE UP!

    June 12, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod

      Jesse, you asked for a sign....Please run for President, I am all in and I will even join your campaign. I truly wish there were more people like you that would tackle the corruption and really change things for the better for all of us. You are what I would call a TRUE PATRIOT and a TRUE AMERICAN with the correct values.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Stan

    I agree with Jesse on this one... 100%%%%%

    June 12, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Richard

    Jesse has my vote and I would like encourage him to go for it.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. joe

    how can we have military in 27o countries when there are only 196 countried in the world?

    June 12, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod

      I think the point he was trying to make there is that we have a military presence in almost every country in the world, an empire by any standard. He is also right in that we will fall like Rome if we do not stop this ridiculous plight to control the world. Oops, we are already falling due to the incompetence of the people we have in power now and in the past. I think the ones controlling things are committing treason against the American people. I would say that LYING to the people is an act of TREASON. I also agree that anyone who outright lies to the people should be brought up on charges for treason or at least charge them the same as if you lie to them or you lie to a judge, what is the difference? The people are the judges of the leaders right? STOP THE LIES, no ands, ifs, or buts about it. We should also have a censor to stop the false campaign ads and validate the message before it can be aired on tv or radio. No more taking out of context ads, I am sick of them, really sick of them.

      June 12, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jackie

    Boy, Jesse has been reading my mind ... or else I've been reading his ... namely, I've thought our two-party stranglehold on American politics (one party away from complete facism) is at the heart of our "broken" democracy, especially when one of the parties is completely overrun with idiots.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dan

    Jesse makes more sense than any ...most of these reckless politicians out there that care about nothing else but ,akin names for themselves on national television ...should have him on more often...I have a feeling he an reach out and be a lens to that portion of the population that happens to be blind to what the real issues are. Sorrowful.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Norma

    How refreshing to listen to Jesse talk the truth. To bad not many will do anything about it.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod

      I will agree that there truly is a lot of ignorance out there, guess this is due to the lack of education and exactly what the mainstream politicians want.

      June 12, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Todno

    Minnesota elected Jessie as Governor, because we wanted change. Be very careful what you ask for...

    June 12, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sam

    Great show I commend Piers for having him...MAYBE people will remember Ross Perot, and what he said came true. By a SLIM change has the American public woken up or are they going to always be led by the nose like a HOG??!!

    June 12, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. David Grayeagle

    Mr Piers Morgan Thanks for having Jesse on your show when so many are turning their backs on anyone that may have a point of view like his. Please continue to promote true journalism and not fall into the same trap that so many have. You didn't impose your own personal views but kept it without prejudice, Excellent!! If Jesse ran today I would vote for him hands down.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Name*Mary Gonzalez

    I AGREE 100 0/0!!!'nnnn

    June 12, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sam

    PS: You need to post the WHOLE interview 2 minutes out of 30 is NOT enough ...just a soundbite. Thanks.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Don

    It's refreshing to hear this on a main stream news channel. I think Jesse's opinions echo a public "99%" subconscious. People are tired of being fed the BS especially when it comes to politics. You can't help to feel like it's hopeless.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Laura

    Jesse has it right about the political parties and today's "news media." They are bought. America pays the price.

    June 12, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Broheim

    Jesse, we need you! We all know that the 2 parties are corrupt and basically imploding our country, but for us to have someone (like Jesse) with experience in politics who is completely ready to obliterate the political system as we know it, we didn't know you existed! Please help us take our country back! What can we do to make this happen???

    June 12, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Lady supreme

    W W F

    June 12, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse | Reply

    This man for president(IMMEDIATELY)!!!

    June 12, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Tom Collins

    Mr. Morgan, last nite was of your best shows ever with Mr Jesse Ventura. That's the kind of man we need to fix are country. Thanks

    June 12, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Tom Collins

    Loved it.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Leslie O'Banion

    I was certainly entertained by Jesse's impassioned take on American politics, but it is that appeal to emotional polarization combined with his lack of factual defense (failing to cite countries in Europe which have successful 3 and 5 party political systems, for instance) that deterred me from any further intellectual investment. If Americans want their country back, they should trade in conveniences for personal responsibility and become involved through research and investment...rather than the ineffective and distracting protests and name-calling.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod

      The only real investment people should make is investment into themselves and their education and business aspirations. Investors in stocks and people who invest in companies for a living expect to much in return and they should be avoided. It is the investors in these areas that have messed up the stock market and the economy. I agree that research is very important, but research takes money and outside investors are only in it for the money, not for the invention. The most important thing is education. We have too many uneducated on this planet.
      When you talk about conveniences, even the rich like their planes, boats and extra houses. My question is, how much money does one person REALLY NEED?
      We need a better political system, one without the lure of MONEY. We need people that actually care about others and not their own selfish desires. We need to rid ourselves of selfishness and greed. That is the only way this world will get better.

      June 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Tod

    We need to face the facts, greed has hurt this world more than any one thing in the history of this planet. Greed and selfishness need to be instilled as bad ideals, not good ideals. Anyone that thinks greed is good has a mental problem and should be treated for their illness.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Wake up

    Will Americans wake up any time soon ?
    Next we will wage war with Iran killing more innocent to hide the truth at home.

    June 13, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Tom Collins

    Hello Mr Morgan, I was wondering if you got my text the other day about your show with Jesse?

    June 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Tom P

    End the duopoly, vote for Gary Johnson 2012!

    June 15, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mangasverde

      I like Gary too. I feel that more people should run seperate from political party ties so as to avoid appearing to support party positions. I would have been tempted to vote for Johnson had he remained in the race. Running for President is a rich man's game if you do not have money from one of the political parties..

      June 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Brian

    Great interview piers. I think Jesse did a great job articulating the frustration of many Americans in this interview. Kudos to you for putting him on!

    June 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. mangasverde

    Thank you for having Ventura on. If he ran he would get my vote and that of many other like minded people. His ideas are not "wacky" but well thought out positions. PLEASE let him talk! I am an Independent and agree with what he says; afte rall, he is telling it like it is.

    June 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Patsyluebke

    Yes I would vote for Jesse he is right these wars need to stop every thing he says is true...where is all of the tape should played every word stay safe and well Jesse, people don't want truth all games for the rich we need someone like Jesse

    June 18, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. bryan

    The new version of CIA World Factbook provides detailed information based on the latest 2012 data for more than 270 countries and territories by the Central Intelligence Agency! this number comes from the cia of 270 recognized countries. Jesse the fact that you have info that the cia has tells me so much you have my vote.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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  33. darrell harris

    It cracks me up that this Pier’s guy gets so much attention. Do your homework; he got tossed out of the UK for unethical journalistic tactics so he just brought his game to the US. He has ZERO credibility and is on par with Murray or Jerry Springer, just ignore him.

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