Willie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto'
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Country music icon Willie Nelson says he still supports former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' Language is a weapon in political warfare — if the media play along MORE (D-Texas) for office, after initially endorsing his Senate run last year.

In an interview with The View on Tuesday, Nelson said that he would support O'Rourke whether he remained in the 2020 presidential race or if O'Rourke decided to drop out and run for Senate against Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell, GOP leaders say they won't be watching House impeachment hearing GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official Falling investment revives attacks against Trump's tax cuts MORE (R-Texas).

"There are a lot of them out there that are racing for the same thing," Nelson said of the 2020 Democratic primary, which has swelled to two dozen contenders in recent weeks.

"It's hard to tell who's where right now, it's going to take a while," he continued, adding: “Anything he wants to do, I’m with Beto.”

Nelson, who has typically supported Democrats in the past, endorsed O'Rourke in his widely-watched Senate run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition Trump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war MORE (R) last year, which ended with the former Texas congressman within single digits of ousting the GOP senator and former presidential candidate.

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O'Rourke was thought to be considering another Senate run in the months following his defeat, but earlier this year announced a campaign for president instead.

A reporter with the polling outfit Morning Consult told The Hill in April that losing O'Rourke as a potential Senate contender was a major blow to Democrats in the state given O'Rourke's poor national polling in the Democratic primary so far.

"The biggest negative for Democrats right now is probably Beto O'Rourke deciding not to run for Senate against Cornyn," Eli Yokely told Hill.TV in April.

"Texas is a hard state. Beto had a pretty good base there. To lose him as a candidate is sort of a loss," he continued at the time.