Jesse Ventura earned his fame during his eleven-year career as a professional wrestler, and later as a commentator for the sport. His induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame shows what a major influence he played. The bad boy of wrestling during his heyday, Ventura used some of his learned wrestling techniques outside the ring -- such as showmanship, outrageous antics, and manipulation of the media -- to aid in his gubernatorial campaign.
In addition, his experience as a radio host, and his roles in a variety of movies, made Ventura a visible -- and perhaps more viable -- candidate.
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Here's a collection of quotes from Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura. Get Ventura's opinion on everything from pro wrestling ("It's adult soap opera--ballet with violence") to campaigning on a third-party ticket ("I didn't shake things up. The voters did! They elected me! They're responsible!") to issues like the legalization of drugs and prostitution, education reform, and gay rights ("I have two friends who have been together for forty-one years. If one of them becomes sick, the other one is not even allowed to be at the bedside. I don't believe government should be so hostile, so mean-spirited.... Love is bigger than government.") The book also includes the full text of his inauguration speech.About the Author:
Jessica Allen, a writer and editor, lives and works in Washington, D.C. She wrote The Wit and Wisdom of Jesse "The Body . . . The Mind" Ventura and edited Quotable Women of the Twentieth Century.
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