Gov-Elect Ventura Takes On Russert
Nov. 08, 1998
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Minnesota Gov.-elect Jesse Ventura appeared on ``Meet the Press'' on Sunday to celebrate the fact that when it comes to American voters, all men are created equal, even former professional wrestlers.
The American dream is still available to anyone who wants it, Ventura said.
``Why can't a wrestler be governor?'' he asked. ``That's what this country was founded upon.''
Ventura, running on the Reform Party ticket, defeated Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Hubert Humphrey III last week and will replace outgoing Republican Gov. Arne Carlson in January.
Ventura repeated that taxes will be his top priority.
``They call us the land of 10,000 lakes. I call us the land of 10,000 taxes,'' Ventura said.
Known as Jesse ``The Body'' Ventura during his wrestling career, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound governor-elect retired from pro wrestling 12 years ago. Since then, the former Navy SEAL has worked as a movie actor, radio talk show host and suburban mayor.