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Posted November 7, 2011
What’s Ahead Nov. 7: Jesse ‘The President’ Ventura vs. the TSA?

Are you ready to rumble?

Jesse Ventura

Former pro wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who rocked the political establishment when he won a term as governor of Minnesota, is talking about running for president.

And he may have just the issue to rally people to his side.

Ventura, who like fellow Minnesotan and presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has family tied to northeast Iowa, went on a rant recently when his lawsuit against the Transportation Safety Administration was tossed.

He sued, claiming the TSA’s use of pat downs and full-body scanners violated his constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.

“I will not be treated like a criminal,” said Ventura, who promised to never again fly commercially. “In our airports today, we citizens are treated like criminals. We’re guilty until we’re proven innocent.”

A U.S. District judge disagreed, leaving Venture, the host of “Conspiracy Theory,” a cable television program, to call the judge and federal courts in general “cowards” suggest he will run for president of “the Fascist States of America.”

“The only way I can change it is to run for president and win it,” he said. “Is that what it will take?”

The Venture said he will apply for dual citizenship in Mexico, where he owns a home.

Would that make Ventura the first legal emigrant to run for president?

MItt Romney

Romney watch: Mitt Romney’s back in Iowa today. Does this mean that he’s getting serious and will mount a serious campaign in Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses? Or will he merely flirt with Iowa Republicans who jilted him in 2008, leaving him at the caucus altar for Mike Huckabee who didn’t have as much money or hair as Romney, but was funnier.

The former Massachusetts governor’s son didn’t shed much light on his father’s plans when he stopped in Marion to campaign for Cindy Golding, the Republican running in a special election in Iowa Senate 18.

“We’re campaigning hard in Iowa,” he said, adding “we’re campaigning hard in every state in the country, but Iowa, obviously, plays a pivotal role in the nomination process and in the general election, so we’re campaigning hard here.

“Who knows if we can win or not, but I think we can do well here and we hope to do well here,” the younger Romney said.

Democrats will have the obligatory news conferences in Dubuque aand Davemport to set the Romney record straight. Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, will do the honors at 10:45 a.m. at Bergfeld Recreation Area, 7600 Chavenelle Drive, Dubuque.

In Davenport, Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport, will be available for media questions.

On the calendar:

Nov. 7

Mitt Romney, 12:30 p.m., Giese Manufacturing, 7025 Chavenelle Rd., Dubuque; 5:30 p.m.,  Iowa-American Water, 5201 Grand Ave., Davenport, at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 9

Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party presidential economic debate, Rochester, Mich.


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