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Jesse Ventura on His Possible Run for President in 2016

Jesse-Ventura-ArticleWhen Jesse Ventura has something to say, you better believe he’s going to be heard. This Vietnam vet turned pro wrestler and former governor of Minnesota is currently the host of Ora TV’s Off the Grid, where he tackles everything from his disdain for the country’s two-party system to the problem with the mainstream media.

In our latest So What Do You Do article, we spoke to Ventura about why the major networks have “blackballed” him, his friendship with Andrew Napolitano and if he will, in fact, run for president in 2016:

You never say never. I don’t really have an intention of doing it, and if I did do it, I’d have to do it my way. And that would require an extreme grassroots movement. I would run under no party whatsoever. There is no Reform Party anymore; it doesn’t exist. I would run under no party on purpose and here’s why: that would be the essence of my entire campaign. I would challenge the American people to make history and elect the first president since George Washington who does not belong to a political party. Can you imagine that?

For more from Ventura, including his thoughts on the media’s coverage of political issues, read: So What Do You Do, Jesse Ventura, Political Pundit and Host of Ora TV’s Off the Grid?

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For Former Fox 5-er Paul Raphel, Big Risk Equals Big Reward

Many of you may remember him as the boy who made you fall in love with local news, but Paul Raphel isn’t so local anymore. Since the former Fox 5 segment producer and reporter left DC almost two years ago, he’s been with “TMZ Live” and most recently Ora TV’s “PoliticKING” producing his way through LA.

FishbowlDC recently caught up with Raphel to talk about what he’s been up to since relocating to the Hills, what he misses most about DC, and how his perceptions of Washington media have changed since relocating.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?
Paul Raphel: I left DC in June 2012 when I moved to California — without a job. I lived on my friend’s couch while searching for work. Professionally, it seemed crazy to leave a perfectly fine, full time job with no real plan but I didn’t want to live with ‘what if’s’ by not taking a chance in Los Angeles – something I always considered doing. A month after moving I was hired at TMZ to be the content producer for “TMZ Live” which, at the time, was their newest show. Our team took the show from two markets to airing on all the major FOX affiliates by September 2013. I have now moved from pop culture to politics and started working for Ora TV in January as a producer on Larry King’s political show PoliticKING. It’s been really exciting to start the year at Ora because it is a very new digital network that airs shows with recognizable names like Larry King and Jesse Ventura.

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Jesse Ventura Has a New TV Show -And a Holiday Message

Rejoice America! The good folks at Ora.tv -the same people who brought you Larry King Now on RT -are rolling out a new show that will almost definitely save the nation’s soul. Off The Grid with Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor and potential 2016er, is set to debut in January -and if this holiday promo is any indication, it’s going to be awesome.

Ventura, per usual, has no problem mixing up politics and entertainment -talking up a potential 2016 Presidential run even as he launches his new show. His most recent e-mail blast calls on citizens to “be vigilant and vote” to “replace these DemoCRIPs and ReBLOODlicans with independent, free thinkers who aren’t bought by Super PACs and special interest groups.” That outsider message, plus the inclusive, populist appeal on display in the video above could make for a compelling candidacy, should Ventura actually run for President. But if you ask us, Jesse’s primary interest is getting people to tune in.

No word yet if this champion of liberty will, like Larry King, take to the Russian-owned RT channel to broadcast his message.