Friedman Brings Ventura to A&M

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It's a four horse race for governor, and a longshot is closing fast. Author Kinky Friedman brought Jesse Ventura to Texas A&M Wednesday to encourage young voters. As the candidates come down the stretch, a first time racer is pushing to cross the line first.

In recent weeks, the candidates for governor have blasted Kinky Friedman for his past and present humor. One of the latest claims comes from Governor Rick Perry, saying Friedman has flip-flopped on a plan to pay Mexican governors to help guard the US border.

Friedman says his banter is but a joke.

"I could pay them $100 billion," Friedman said. "It's still a joke."

When asked if he believed voters knew he was joking if Governor Perry didn't, Friedman said, "I think people with a sense of humor do."

"I call them the 'Demo-crips' and the 'Re-blood-licans' because they're no different than the Crips and the Bloods," said Jesse Ventura, "only these guys wear Brooks Brothers suits."

It's the former Minnesota governor that has told Friedman to joke away. But for some who thought the author's campaign was laughable can look to polls that show Friedman in second place and rising. No joke.

Ventura said a 29 percent turnout in the last gubernatorial election in Texas was hilariously pathetic.

"Get 10 percent of that 71 percent that didn't vote," Ventura called a top priority. "If he can get them to come out and vote, then he is your next governor."

And that's the goal of the college tour the two have been embarking on, calling on one of the most apathetic voting blocks to make their voices heard.

"If you don't get in the habit now, you're never going to start," said student Rachel Clair. "Political apathy leads to bad government."

"If all the pundits are right and Texans aren't going to vote, then we're dead," Friedman said. "But I think it's going to be the biggest turnout we've ever had for a mid-term election."

And if that's the case, the potential is there for a Ventura-like upset in the Lone Star State.

Friedman is opposed by the Republican Perry, Democrat Chris Bell and independent Carole Keaton Strayhorn.