A.J. Jacobs
November 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Who says Jesse ”The Body” Ventura isn’t qualified to be Minnesota governor? Sure, the surprise victor in this month’s elections made his name as a boa-bedecked wrestler, but Ventura’s had more experience than that: He’s acted in several features and TV shows (it worked for Reagan!). In fact, if you examine Ventura’s on-screen dialogue closely, you’ll get a glimpse of the political philosophy Minnesotans can expect from their new leader.

QUOTE
”I ain’t got time to bleed.” —Predator (1987)
IMPLICATION
Support for efficiency-obsessed HMOs

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”That’s an illegal foreign object.” —Repossessed (1990)
IMPLICATION
Stringent trade policies with Canada

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”Are you ready for pain? Are you ready for suffering?” —The Running Man (1987)
IMPLICATION
Prepare for massive welfare reform

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”Don’t mind us, ma’am. You can speak freely.” —Batman & Robin (1997)
IMPLICATION
Strong advocate of the First Amendment

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”It looks like a transvestite battle royale!” —Repossessed
IMPLICATION
Supporter of pro-gay issues

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”Put him in leg irons and waist chains.” — an episode of The X-Files (1996)
IMPLICATION
Prisoners’ rights not a high priority

QUOTE
”This stuff will make you a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus just like me.” —Predator
IMPLICATION
Jesse’s qualified for the White House

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