Senator Marco Rubio Refuses To Answer Whether or Not He Has Smoked Pot

By Bryan Le 02/12/14

Despite even the President having admitted to indulging, the junior senator from Florida continues to dodge the question.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) recently dodged questions on whether he's ever tried pot during a panel interview with the National Journal on Monday. While discussing the topic of legalizing marijuana in Florida, a panel moderator asked Rubio if he's ever used pot in his life, a question the moderator said was pertinent to young voters.

“I'll tell you why I never answer that question,” Rubio said. “If I tell you that I haven't, you won't believe me. 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.'” Instead, the senator opted to state that when he was a teenager, he “made dumb decisions as is” without needing marijuana to help him. “At this point, it's irrelevant,” he said. 

Some may wonder why he has been dodging such a question in an age where Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana, a majority of the American people believe it should be legalized (58 percent, according to Gallup), and the President of the United States himself has admitted to smoking it as a teenager. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post suspected that a Rubio admission to smoking pot would be a “multi-day story” that would ultimately dissuade Republicans from voting for him, especially in light of a rumored presidential bid.

See Senator Rubio's answer in its entirety below:

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