Willie Nelson retracts support for Gary Johnson
The Teapot Party has retracted its endorsement of of Gary Johnson for president in 2012. The political party, founded by country legend and marijuana legalization advocate Willie Nelson, explained the confusion surrounding the endorsement on the party’s blog.
After news of the endorsement exploded across the internet, Nelson told the Teapot Party blogger, “My position is it too early for me to endorse anyone. And I think every one should vote their own conscience.”
The move came, in part, because of Nelson’s 2008 endorsement of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Nelson said that his endorsement is still Kucinich’s if the Ohio Democrat chooses to once again run for president.
Both candidates support the legalization of marijuana.
This came after Nelson had already approved the endorsement after meeting with Johnson before a Nelson concert.
I wrote back reminding him that he had approved the endorsement.
“I know I said that,” Nelson replied. “But I think I will wait and see where he stands on other things. My bad. Sorry. I still think he is a good guy but so Is Dennis and if he decided to run I would personally vote for him. If it came down to either him or Gary I’m already committed to Dennis. They both have said they support legal pot.”
Willie was referring to Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who he supported in 2008 for the Democratic nomination. I defended our choice of Johnson and reminded him that we were only endorsing him for the Republican nomination, which is wide open.