The Washington Times - October 10, 2013, 11:19AM

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who has been toying with a White House run himself, is convinced that Americans should not have to pay taxes during the federal government shutdown.

“Here’s my big question. Since the government shut down, now let’s keep track of the number of days we shouldn’t have to pay taxes then,” Mr. Ventura tells Larry King - now host of “Politicking with Larry King” on RT, the Russian-based news channel - in a broadcast airing on Thursday night.

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“Good idea, Jesse,” the ever-amendable Mr. King replies in the segment.

“If they shut the government down, we should lose our tax obligation, because what are we paying for then?” Mr. Ventura declares. The former pro-wrestler also offers insight about his own presidential campaign.

“If I run, I will offer the people of the United States the first opportunity to elect a president who does not belong to a political party since George Washington. He is our only president who did not belong to a political party at all, and this will give the American people the opportunity to make history again,” Mr. Ventura adds.

“And we used to have multiple parties; we had the Whig, the Federalist,” Mr. King began.

“Why have any parties? They’re nothing but gangs. That’s all they are. I don’t belong to any of them. Elect a president that belongs to no political party. And I believe, Larry, that you could win off that alone,” Mr. Ventura said.