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Jesse Ventura: Jeb Bush sent me Cuban cigars

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a box of forbidden Cuban cigars delivered to his Minnesota office to keep him from complaining that that the embargo against Cuba made the cigar aficionado feel “like a criminal.”

The claim -- which Ventura says dates to when the two were both in office -- came as Ventura spoke with former Donald Trump senior advisor Roger Stone on his Ora.TV "Off The Grid" show.

The cigars, however, weren’t Cuban, but Dominican, Bush’s campaign says.

As Stone talked about an upcoming book he is publishing on Bush, Ventura shared his Bush story, telling Stone he had asked then-President Clinton about why the U.S. continued to enforce its “ridiculous” embargo against Cuba.

“At the time, I was smoking Cuban cigars. I said, ‘I hate to feel like a criminal every time I go to smoke a Cuban cigar,’ “ Ventura said. He said Bush approached him and told him “keep it down, I’ll send you all the Cuban cigars you need.”

Read the rest of Lesley Clark's story here.

This post has been updated with information from the Bush campaign. 

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