The iconic country singer reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson this week, but now he’s taking it all back.
“Yesterday, both the Teapot Party and Gary Johnson 2012 sent out press releases announcing the endorsement,” wrote Teapot Party member Steve Bloom Thursday. “The media immediately jumped on it, with Politico, Fox and Raw Story leading the coverage. We were on a roll.”
But Nelson changed his tune after seeing press coverage of the endorsement.
“My position is it too early for me to endorse anyone,” he wrote in an email to Bloom. “And I think every one should vote their own conscience.”
Willie went on: “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 [Kucinich] 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.”
“The Teapot Party is millions of people. It’s not me,” he continued. “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 added that the Teapot Party “started as a joke” but became a serious platform for marijuana smokers, who he insisted “are not criminals.”
“This will blow over and the world moves on,” Nelson assured Bloom. “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.”
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