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 TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff 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 CuomoNY Gov. Andrew Cuomo uses N-word during radio interview 10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Tulsi Gabbard rips Trump's Syria decision: 'Kurds are now paying the price' 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 Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE (Mass.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam raised this quarter for presidential run The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown MORE and writer Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonWilliamson slams DNC, Tuesday's debate: 'This would all be funny if it weren't so dangerous' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown 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 SwalwellLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Democratic lawmaker: Expelling Turkey from NATO 'should be on the table' Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe 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 BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses 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 SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' 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.