Willie Nelson rescinds endorsement of Gary Johnson for president

Nelson admitted he did say he supported Johnson last week, but now says it's too early in the campaign season, since it's an open question if his friend Dennis Kucinich might run for office.

“I still think he is a good guy but so is Dennis and if he decided to run I would personally vote for him,” Nelson added, referring to Democrat Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. “If it came down to either him or Gary I’m already committed to Dennis. They both have said they support legal pot.”

It should be noted that Nelson's initial endorsement came under the guise of the nascent TeaPot Party label, which was formed last fall, just days after Nelson was busted for possession of marijuana.

You can read about the exchange between Nelson and fellow Teapot member Steve Bloom on the group's website. Here's more Willie:

“The Teapot Party is millions of people. It’s not me. I jokingly said after I got out of jail in Texas that there is a Tea Party and there should be a Teapot Party. The difference between us is we follow our own drummer. No one can tell us how to think. If we back someone that’s us telling them how to vote. I’m not qualified. You can say or do anything you like and I will do the same but let’s don’t back a political candidate. Let’s give our opinions and say what we know about everyone but let’s let everyone decide for themselves.”

Apparently there's no hard feelings in the Johnson camp, according to a spokesman for the former New Mexico governor:

“We of course respect and appreciate whatever level of support Willie Nelson and the TeaPot Party offer. What’s important is that Gary Johnson and Willie Nelson share a strong desire to give voice to millions of Americans who are demanding sensible drug laws and policies. Gary looks forward to working with Mr. Nelson and many others to do just that.”



Apparently, Willie Nelson was just blowing smoke last week when he gave a quick hit to the budding campaign of former New Mexico Gary Johnson, who is, to say the least, a long shot for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

Perhaps best known for his outspoken comments that pot should be legalized, Johnson's campaign was buzzed last week when the legendary musician came out last week and endorsed him for president.

But Nelson is now stepping back from that endorsement.

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