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Marco Rubio Won’t Say if He Smoked Pot

U.S. Senator Rubio, part of the U.S. Senate's "Gang on Eight", speaks during news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington
Jason Reed—Reuters Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 18, 2013

The Republican Senator says his answer is "irrelevant"

Florida Senator Marco Rubio doesn’t want you to know if he ever smoked marijuana. In an interview on Monday, he refused to answer the question posed by a TV reporter, saying that the information could do more harm than good.

“I’ll tell you why I never answer that question,” the Republican Senator said during an interview with Fusion’s Mariana Atencio in Miami. “If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, ‘Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it.’”

Rubio, a possible contender for President in 2016, said that in his teen years he made enough “dumb decisions as is” and didn’t need marijuana or alcohol leading to more.

“I know I’m sounding like a 42-year-old dad, but here’s the problem, you can make mistakes at 17 that will be with you the rest of your life,” Rubio said before saying his answer to the question was irrelevant.


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