|A CURSOR INTERNET EXCLUSIVE
"[Jesse] Ventura is more candid than 99% of pols."
TIME, December 27, 1999
Cursor research finds Ventura
MPR: Ventura's spokesman, John Wodele, confirms Ventura was in the UDT's, and he says the Governor has never tried to convince people otherwise.
Wodele: If you travel with the governor and spend any amount of time with him, he is very forthcoming and accurate in terms of his relationship with the United States Navy. He talks about the fact that he was in the Underwater Demolition Team. In fact, he has corrected me in the past.
Cursor extensively researched what the Governor has said on the record about his Navy SEAL past, and found that Wodele may be the only person he has ever corrected. In print articles and broadcast appearances, Ventura lets interviewers refer to him as a Navy SEAL, or an ex-Navy SEAL--which they routinely do--without correcting them. He also consistently refers to himself as a SEAL, without explaining the distinctions between SEALs and UDTs. Nowhere in the complete text or transcipts of the following articles, interviews, or television and radio programs, are the words Underwater Demolition Team, or the acronym UDT, ever mentioned.
Navy SEAL, union member, volunteer high
school football coach, outdoorsman, husband of 23 years, father of two.
I'm a warrior at heart. I'm an ex-Navy
And Mr. [Hulk] Hogan, I mean he wants to
be me, anyway. He always--you know, he pretends to be a Navy SEAL; I was one.
You know, I come from a little bit of a
military background earlier in my life and we were always taught in the Navy SEAL team
never to assume.
High Times: Was your wrestling career fun?
Ventura: I've been a Navy SEAL.
I'm also excited--you know, a lot of my
old Navy SEAL buddies are here to see me get sworn in today.
I'm the top law enforcement officer in the
state of Minnesota. I'm also the commander-in-chief of the National Guard. I'm an ex-Navy
SEAL team member.
Now as a Navy SEAL, I thought "How
did they know that about me -- how dangerous we truly can be?" We have a saying in
the SEALs: we don't get mad, we get even.
I'm the head of the state troopers, and
the commander-in-chief of the National Guard. I'm also a former Navy SEAL.
Tim Russert: Both your brother--your older
brother and yourself, [were] Navy SEALs?
Last spring I rappelled down from the top
of the Target Center before a Timberwolves game. But, you know, I am an ex-Navy SEAL and I
was trained for you know, a full year and was very comfortable in that type of
I couldn't care less what a person's
sexual orientation is, and I'm an ex-Navy SEAL.
First of all, they should understand why a
Navy SEAL doesn't wear underwear.
Larry King: You were a Navy SEAL?
When I was a wrestler, I could pick up
buildings. When I was a SEAL, I could scale them.
Chris Matthews: When you were a--you were
a SEAL, you must have been through amazingly scary moments with life and death.
You're talking to an ex-Navy Seal here.
I was in the SEALs during the Vietnam War,
so I experienced firsthand how we, as Americans, were affected by that conflict.
We're a proud organization. If anyone
tries to pretend they're a SEAL, God help them.
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