Jesse Ventura endorses Democratic Governor Tim Walz for re-election in Minnesota

Former pro wrestler and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura has backed Democratic Minnesota Gov.’s re-election, saying democracy is “under attack” and praising Walz’s leadership in the meantime. covid-19 pandemic,

Ventura, who considers himself an independent and was elected governor as part of the Reform Party, said in a video posted to Walz’s Twitter account that he rarely supports.

“But this election is very important. That’s why I’m supporting Governor Tim Walz to be re-elected,” Ventura said.

“Minnesota has a choice in this election, and we are at a crossroads. That’s why I’m taking unprecedented steps to support Tim,” Ventura said.

Ventura, who was the governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, returned on January 6, 2021, when former President Trump and his “companions” decided to “spread the Big Lie,” as Ventura put it.

“I took an oath as a Navy SEAL to defend this country 50 years ago,” Ventura said. “I cannot stand with anyone or any part that cannot condemn the January 6 uprising.”

Ventura also said that “women’s rights are under attack in this country,” and added that Walz would defend access to reproductive medical care.

“This November, I will conduct my free vote for Governor Tim Walz,” concluded Ventura.

Walz called the support an “honour.”

Walz tweeted, “I am committed to being a governor for all Minnesotans, and I will work with anyone who is willing to work with me.” “Thank you, Jesse, for taking the unprecedented step for me to cast my free vote!”

Walz will face Republican Scott Jensen on November 8. Polls show Walz leading the race by about 8 points, although a poll by the Tralfagdor Group, the Republican pollsters, released a poll with Jensen earlier this month.

Hillary Clinton won Minnesota in 2016 by less than double points—a surprise for a state that had a reputation for being a solid blue state. Trump was bullish on flipping state in 2020, but ultimately, President Joe Biden won it by seven points in 2020.

Before entering politics in the 1990s, Ventura gained prominence for his wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s. Eventually, he became friends with then-New York real estate developer Donald Trump. In 2015, Ventura said he was ready to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate. But several years later, Ventura was calling Trump a “thief man president.”

New York developer and potential Reform Party presidential candidate Donald Trump and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura raise questions at a news conference when Trump delivers a speech at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, January 7, 2000. Where was Ventura. Mayor once.

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