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Ventura calls for sacrifices, attentiveness

Governor Jesse Ventura told a packed Duluth ballroom Thursday there could be more terrorist strikes, and people "need to pay attention to what's going around you. We don't know."...

Governor Jesse Ventura told a packed Duluth ballroom Thursday there could be more terrorist strikes, and people "need to pay attention to what's going around you. We don't know."
Minnesota's governor, known for his nicknames of Jesse the Body and Jesse the Actor and Jesse the Talk Show Host, became Jesse the Patriot as he called for Americans to make the sacrifices that are needed to restore the nation's confidence.
"Times are going to be tough. We have to work together," Ventura told Duluth's Rotary Club No. 25 and guests of the club.
"Together, we can conquer them and restore our sense of freedom again," Ventura said.
As the son of veterans and himself a Navy Seal who served during the Vietnam War, Ventura told the crowd that, ironically, he had enlisted in the Navy the same day as the terrorist attack, Sept. 11. Joining the Navy on Sept. 11, 1969, Ventura said he is proud of the nation's military and of "our veterans."
"We must trust our military, our president, we must stand behind our military."
Ventura said the terrorist attack "was worse than Pearl Harbor. This was an attack on civilians using civilian planes. This enemy hides in the shadows and strikes. This was an attack on our entire free world. Seven or eight countries suffered triple digit casualties in the World Trade attack."
Introduced by state Sen. Sam Solon, Ventura said he changed the direction of his remarks when it didn't "really feel appropriate to stand here and talk about tax reform."
He said that Americans need to follow President Bush's advice and "go back to work. Buying stock in airlines would be one way citizens could help.
"I have to get back to thinking about Minnesota. I must do what I can to mitigate the impact. It is early yet, but we'll be watching the impact this will have on our economy. Fortunately for us, Northwest Airlines is in a stronger position than many airlines."
Ventura urged people "not to jump to conclusions about how the situation should be resolved." He said that the Muslim faith teaches peace, and that Muhammed Ali is his personal hero and Ali is of the Muslim religion.
Asked about whether he will seek re-election when his term expires, Ventura said he couldn't think about that yet. "After completing the fourth legislative session, I'll think about what to do next."
Frequent applause and several standing ovations punctuated Ventura's address. In fielding questions, Ventura said he expects the Timberwolves to do terrific this year and reminded the audience that security will be heightened at all events.
Ventura said his initiatives will include making transportation a priority and advocating for train travel.

Sharon Almirall is a business writer for the Budgeteer News and can be reached at 723-1207 or sharon.almirall@mx3.com

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