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MINNEAPOLIS -- While promoting his new book Monday, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura floated the idea of a 2016 presidential run.
"I'm just saying that the time is right for it," Ventura told KARE 11. "After hanging around with Democrats and Republicans for four years you really feel like you need a shower."
Ventura served as Minnesota governor from 1999 to 2003 as a member of the Reform Party.
He attacks the current system of politics which he believes are built around lobbyists and special interests.
In a theoretical presidential bid, Ventura wants shock jock Howard Stern to be his running mate because the free media Stern could provide would counter the loss in special interest money to his campaign.
"I wish people would judge me on creativity and being able to accomplish things in nontraditional ways and keep my integrity," says Ventura.
Stern has not yet accepted Ventura's invitation.
Ventura's new book is called They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK.
(Blake McCoy, KARE 11)