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Willie Nelson Retracts 'Teapot' Endorsement

He backed pro-legalization Gary Johnson but now likes Kucinich
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
Willie Nelson Withdraws Gary Johnson 2012 Endorsement
Country singer Willie Nelson attends a reception for the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors at the White House last year.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – After voicing support for pro-pot Gary Johnson as a presidential candidate, Willie Nelson has apparently changed his tune, notes the Daily Caller. It's "too early for me to endorse anyone,” the singer said in an email to a member of his marijuana-legalization activist group, the Teapot Party. (The exchange is recounted here.) Though he acknowledged backing New Mexico's former GOP governor, who no longer indulges himself but backs legalization, Nelson wrote: “I think I will wait and see where he stands on other things. My bad. Sorry."

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Nelson would support Dennis Kucinich over Johnson, he added. Johnson “is a good guy but so is Dennis and if he decided to run I would personally vote for him. They both have said they support legal pot." Said the ex-governor’s camp: “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.” (Read more Willie Nelson stories.)

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