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Hulk Enters The Political Ring

The man who helped make pro wrestling a ratings powerhouse, thinks he can have the same success running the country.

"Hollywood Hulk" Hogan is retiring from the ring to run for President.

Hogan, 45, announced his decision to retire on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Thursday. The buffed-out, mustachioed stalwart of professional wrestling said he wants to run for president in 2000.

"I had a great career and the fans have been great," Hogan told Leno. "`I thank them for sticking with me and this helps me segue into being the next president of the United States."

The former world champion says that he was inspired to run for office by former pro wrestler and rival Jesse Ventura's election as Minnesota governor.

"We need an honest American to take over and make all the decisions that come across the desk ... and think of America first," Hogan said.

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