Former President Clinton adviser Paul Begala joked on CNN's “Cuomo Prime Time" that any of the Democratic presidential candidates could “shoot my dog” and still have his support against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE.

“I'm a JFK Democrat. I will pay any price, bear any burden, oppose any foe to ensure the defeat of Donald J. Trump,” Begala said on Monday.  “You can be Medicare for all or not. You could shoot my dog and, if I think you can beat Trump, I’mma be for ya.”


“Well that’s very mainstream of you,” host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump takes shot at Cuomo's brother ahead of Oval Office meeting Buttigieg: It was 'disgraceful' to hear Trump's attacks on Romney Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE replied. 

Begala went on Twitter to say that he would “like to revise and extend my remarks. I love my dog Gus.”

“This is Gus.  He’s a good boy. And a good Democrat. I was only kidding on @CuomoPrimeTime, Gus!”

Begala, a current contributor for the network, said during the segment that he does not have a preferred candidate in the Democratic presidential primary for the first time in his life. 

“I’m going to watch and see how they develop,” he added.

There are more than 20 candidates who have announced their bids for the 2020 Democratic primary, but four candidates have yet to qualify to participate in the debates.

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa The DCCC's 'blacklist' protects a white male political status quo MORE (Mass.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE and writer Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDemocrats: The road to kumbaya The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Pelosi take the gloves off; DNC wants Iowa recanvass Iowa and New Hampshire haters should think twice MORE have not yet qualified, according to The New York Times. In addition, a campaign official for former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska) told The Hill he also has yet to qualify.

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Chris Wallace: 'Just insane' Swalwell is talking impeaching Trump again MORE (Calif.) became the latest candidate to qualify on Tuesday after polling at least 1 percent in three polls recognized by the Democratic National Committee.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration MORE has seen a swell of support since announcing his candidacy last week. 

He is supported by 39 percent of the Democratic electorate, leading his nearest challenger, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' MORE (I-Vt.), by 24 points, according to a CNN–SRSS poll released early Tuesday. Biden and Sanders were the only candidates registering double-digit levels of support in the survey.