|Willie Nelson, left, un-endorsed presidential candidate Gary Johnson, right, after seeming to belatedly realize there may actually be more to a politician than whether he supports marijuana legalization. Johnson was apparently so surprised, it knocked his eyebrows clean off.|
It didn’t take country legend Willie Nelson long to change his mind after endorsing Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson last week. The country singer took it all back on Thursday.
“Yesterday, both the Teapot Party and Gary Johnson 2012 sent out press releases announcing the endorsement,” wrote Teapot Party member Steve Bloom, reports David Edwards at The Raw Story. “The media immediately jumped on it, with Politico, Fox and Raw Story leading the coverage. We were on a roll.”
But Nelson withdrew his endorsement after seeing press coverage of it.
“My position is it’s too early for me to endorse anyone,” Nelson wrote in an email to Bloom. “And I think everyone should vote their own conscience.”
“I think I will wait and see where he stands on other things,” Nelson said, referring to Johnson’s conservative positions on many issues, in contrast to Johnson’s stance in favor of legalizing cannabis. “My bad. Sorry.”
“I still think he is a good guy but so is Dennis [Kucinich] and if he decided to run I would personally vote for him,” Nelson said. “If it came down to either him or Gary I’m already committed to Dennis. They both have said they support legal pot.”
“The Teapot Party is millions of people,” Nelson said. “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.”
Nelson admitted that the Teapot Party “started as a joke,” but said it became a serious platform for cannabis users, who he said “are not criminals.”
“This will blow over and the world moves on,” Nelson said. “No harm done. We sound like a bunch of pot smokers, that’s all… The more I get into politics the more I realize that I am a guitar player.”