Then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura talks in 2002 about American relations with Cuba. In 2016, he says he could consider a presidential run. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

‘If Not Now, When? If Not Jesse Ventura, Who?’

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is doing what he appears to enjoy: teasing that he may run for president.

It has been something that Ventura frequently has done since he left office early in 2003.

“I’m still weighing the options,” Ventura wrote Monday on a website related to his “Off the Grid” Internet show. “Why would I want to run now when you still have 12 Republican and three Democratic candidates in the field?”

Then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura talks in 2002 about American relations with Cuba. In 2016, he says he could consider a presidential run. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)
Then-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura talks in 2002 about American relations with Cuba. In 2016, he says he could consider a presidential run. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

In an earlier Internet interview, Ventura said that he could win the presidency the same way he took the 1998 Minnesota governor’s race: by attracting people who otherwise would not have voted.

Ventura said he will make his decision about running in April. That comes after major primary elections and caucuses are held, and major-party frontrunners likely will be known.

If he runs, Ventura said, he might opt for the Libertarian Party, which would give him ballot access in many states.

“For example, if Donald Trump were to lose the nomination in July under the Republican Party,” Ventura wrote, “it would be extremely difficult for him to receive ballot access (as an independent candidate) in time for the general election.”

Ventura said he does not want to be “lost in the shuffle” that the presidential field is experiencing. “You have to time it just right.  You must wait until the parties are down to their final two, a more manageable number.”

Until he decides, the ex-governor and professional wrestler said, “I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the circus.”

Every four years since he left office, fans have urged Ventura to run.

This year, for instance, one supporter has a Ventura campaign website and another is seeking 50,000 signatures on a petition to get him to run (with 8,718 total on Monday afternoon).

 the petition website asks. “Jesse Ventura must run for president in 2016!”