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Willie Nelson Endorses Republican Candidate For 2012 Presidential Run

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Well, here's one we never saw coming. Willie Nelson has decided to endorse a candidate for the 2012 presidential election. What some might find surprising? It's a Republican!

However, Nelson's choice--former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who officially launched his run in April--is a Republican who just happens to share a cause near and dear to Nelson's heart. Can you guess which one? Yep, the legalization of marijuana.

Johnson, who has advocated against cannabis prohibition since his governing days (he served two terms for New Mexico starting in 1995), has the following statement on marijuana: "Control it, regulate, tax it."

That's remarkably similar to Nelson's slogan for his "Teapot Party"--a politically minded group that he formed after he was arrested for pot possession in November 2010. "Tax it, regulate it, legalize it."

Nelson met Johnson last week when the candidate attended one of the singer's shows outside of San Antonio. On Tuesday, both Nelson (via his Teapot Party) and Johnson sent out press releases announcing Nelson's endorsement.

"I am truly gratified to have the endorsement of such an iconic entertainer, philanthropist, innovator and champion for individual rights as Willie Nelson," Johnson said in his statement. "Not only is he a superstar talent, he is a bold advocate for social change. Americans are demanding the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams without interference from a heavy-handed government, and Willie Nelson lends a tremendous voice to those demands."

A quick look at Johnson's official website shows the presidential hopeful--who started out as a successful businessman before entering politics--to be on the fiscally conservative, socially progressive side. He advocates that government be neutral on personal beliefs, while taking a strong position on cutting federal spending and reforming such programs as social security and Medicare.

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