ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura praised "Survivor" contestant Rudy Boesch on Friday for talking straight and not giving in to the politically correct answer on the wildly popular television show.
"It's amazing how Rudy and I come from the same background. ... Me and Rudy say it like it is -- regardless if you like it," Ventura said during his weekly radio program.
Both Ventura and Boesch are Navy SEALs.
"Rudy is a legend in the SEAL and frogman community," Ventura said, adding that, as a matter of fact, he had just seen Boesch last weekend when both were in San Diego for a SEALs reunion.
Veterans there were wearing T-shirts that said, "I like Rudy, too, but not in a homosexual way," Ventura said, laughing. The shirts were a reference to comments Boesch made about the eventual winner, Richard Hatch.
Boesch, 72, of Virginia Beach, Va., made it to the final three before being voted off the show on its finale. The show was taped in April on a remote island near Borneo; 16 "castaways," including Boesch, competed to outlast each other, with one voted off the island by the others each week.
Boesch was a Navy enlisted man for 45 years, becoming one of the original 50 Navy SEAL (Sea-Air-Land) Team 2 members in 1962. He still works out daily with the SEALs at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base.
"Everybody knows Rudy," Ventura said. "He's been around for ages and ages. ... He's the guy that would tell you to get a haircut."
Ventura was a frogman with an underwater demolition team during the Vietnam War, but underwent the same training as SEALs, who generally went on to more dangerous assignments. The two designations were merged in 1983.
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