Nelson To Stump For Candidate Kucinich

Willie Nelson has pledged his support of presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, and plans to stage fundraising concerts for his campaign.

Willie Nelson has pledged his support of presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, and plans to stage fundraising concerts for his campaign.

"He stands up for heartland Americans who are too often overlooked and unheard," Nelson says in a statement posted on the Ohio Congressman's campaign Web site. "Big corporations are well-represented in Washington, but Dennis Kucinich is a rare Congressman of conscience and bravery who fights for the un-represented.

"Dennis champions individual privacy, safe food laws and family farmers," adds Nelson, who is the co-founder of Farm Aid along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp. As previously reported, the organization's annual fundraising concert will take place Sept. 7 in Germain, Ohio.

"I normally do not get too heavily involved in politics, but this is more about getting involved with America than with politics," he adds. "I plan to do concerts to benefit the campaign." No events in conjunction with the campaign have yet been announced.

Nelson just wrapped his annual Fourth of July Picnic event, held over the weekend in Spicewood, Texas, near Austin. The hard-touring 70-year-old artist has a full slate of shows scheduled through the balance of the year, kicking off July 15-16 in Bayfield, Wis.