Not that kind of higher ed forum: Rubio dodges question about marijuana useby George Bennett | February 10th, 2014
MIAMI — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won’t say whether he ever smoked marijuana
The question was put to Florida’s Republican Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate during a National Journal-sponsored event at Miami-Dade College in which Rubio laid out ideas for making college more accessible and affordable.
After his speech, Rubio answered questions from the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein and Fusion Network’s Mariana Atencio while the three sat in overstuffed chairs in front of the audience of about 200.
Atencio asked Rubio if he’s ever smoked pot.
“You know why I never answer that question?” Rubio said. “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 did. He did alright so I guess I can do it, too.’ And the bottom line is, it is a substance that alters your mind. Now when I was 17 and 18, 16, I made dumb decisions as is. I didn’t need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that.”
“I know I’m sounding like a 42-year-old dad,” said the father of four. He went on to warn that mistakes made as a teenager can stick with a person for the rest of his or her life before concluding: “The answer to your question is, at this point it’s irrelevant.”