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  • July 28, 2008 07:58 PM UTC by Liz Claman

    Ventura Highway: Jesse says neither candidate is following the right road yet!

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    Hey gang,

    I’m so glad you’re reading the blog. I love the comments so keep them coming!  I got to talk to Jesse Ventura today.  The former wrestler and Governor of Minnesota (only in America!) came by the Fox Business studios to talk about John McCain and Barack Obama and whether either of them has it right on the economy.   So I had never met him before and I’m thinking, "Okay, is THIS the guy we’re having come on to talk about Obama and McCain? Really?"  Well, literally 7 seconds into the interview, host Eric Bolling and I were riveted by Jesse’s thoughts, perceptions and ideas.  They’re something awfully authentic and smart about him.  For a guy who never went to college*, he has quite a grasp of what’s wrong with the U.S. economy.  Some of his ideas are probably controversial… he says the way to turn this outrageously weak dollar around involves ending the war in Iraq.  This former member of the elite Navy Seals says he’s over it: he says we need to get out of there fast, that the money being spent on the war is seriously damaging the dollar, among other things.  Perhaps it’s an oversimplification, but please listen to some of his other thoughts and why he’s quite happy Senator Obama is surrounding himself with economic advisors like billionaire Warren Buffett, Paul Volker (former Treasury Secretary under Ronald Reagan),  Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, along with Paul O’Neill, former Treasury Secretary under GW Bush. 

    Here’s the clip, and stay tuned to Liz-Vision because because I’m going to post some behind-the-scenes pictures I snapped while reporting live from Ford in Dearborn, MI.  last week.  I’m a technical spaz so it’s been taking me awhile.


    *Jesse told me off camera that while he never applied to Harvard (again, never went to college), he ended up TEACHING at Harvard.  Now if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is.




Liz Jesse is cool. So what if he didn't go Harvard--we need people like to freak out pinhead politicians. He talks common sense which I believe some feel that has been lost today. Not to mention reason. I watched him on Scoreboard with Dave Asman and I like the fact that he speaks his mind. U know I believe that what's got him elected governor of Minnosota. By the way you're lovely,fun on the camera. I watch u host Bulls and Bears. It made my day to see that Washington know-it-all on policy to lose the arguement on offshore drilling. Here'a an item he missed on the subjec: job creation. Imagine what new jobs are going to be spurn from offshore drilling.

July 30, 2008 at 5:39 pm


Everyone always talks about the $1 trillion on the war, what about the other $8 trillion? As a citizen and taxpayer of the US, I know that I will never know where that $8 trillion has gone.

July 30, 2008 at 10:40 am


What a refreshing and common sense approach-$30K in debt before breath one for a newborn! Is there any way to get this statistic circulated around other media outlets? Thank you for having the courage to feature such an unusual guest. Please have him back on to get a layman's perspective on oil, the bank crisis and the housing markets.

July 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm


Liz, great interview as usual. Both of the major national parties occupy Congress, Senators Obama and McCain are members of the parties. Congress has a 14 percent approval rating, with that kind of performance why should I reward either one with my vote. I would say that never mind the correct road, they should not be allowed behind the wheel. I could take a college course in quantum physics, attend ten percent of the classes and get a better score. A side note, you are looking glamorous and as intellectually stimulating as usual.

July 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Steve Klein

What a great interview, Liz. Why is it that people like Jesse that make so much sense on almost every level never seem to make it far enough to affect change? I love his point on government debt. If ya ain't got the money, ya shouldn't be lending da money ya don't have!! DUH!

July 29, 2008 at 2:34 am

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  • Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. Her debut included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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