On potential past pot use, Rubio takes a pass

McClatchy Washington BureauMay 19, 2014 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican and potential presidential candidate, took a pass when asked if he had ever smoked marijuana.

In an interview with Jonathan Karl of ABC News released Monday, Rubio said he would be criticized if he said yes and not believed if he said no.

“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying ‘Well, it’s not a big deal, look at all these successful people who did it,’” he said. He said he didn’t want his children to use it, and didn’t want others’ children to either.

“On the other side of it, if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you,” he said.

In the interview, Rubio said he he was a less-than-stellar student, something he wrote about in his book, “An American Son.” But he was upset to learn that a reader’s son was using Rubio’s under-performance as justification for his own.

In the interview, Rubio also talked about his political ambitions and his role in the GOP’s efforts to take back the Senate.

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