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Not that kind of higher ed forum: Rubio dodges question about marijuana use

by George Bennett | February 10th, 2014

Rubio talks to reporters at Miami-Dade College today

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.”

16 Responses to “Not that kind of higher ed forum: Rubio dodges question about marijuana use”

  1. John Says:

    That means he smoked it! Grow up and tell the truth, Gulpio.

  2. Brian O'Donaghey Says:

    When you choose to enter the political public spotlight, only a flaming nitwit would expect that any parts of their life are NOT fair game.
    So if they don’t want their family to know, then don’t get in the game.
    Most politicians underestimate the common sense and fairness of the voters.
    The American people are smart enough to give someone a pass or forgive them when a politician is fully HONEST and ‘fesses up to past youthful infractions that are minor. Americans generally have big hearts and know that no one is perfect.
    So if they easily lie on a little thing like smoking weed a generation ago, you can bet they’ll lie on the big important things now when the pressure is on.
    It takes a big man to say “I was wrong, I learned my lesson, and I apologize”.
    Most politicians don’t have that kind of Integrity, or even know what the word means.
    That’s why nobody likes, respects, or trusts them.

  3. shawnty Says:

    rubio smoked a ton of weed in school—no big deal—90% of people smoke weed–it should be legal everywhere! i may move to colorado where you can smoke all you want!

  4. Gimme A. Break Says:

    Guess who else has made a career of dodging questions?

    Let’s give @Avi/Obi another chance to do the right thing…

    Pardon the interruption but I want to give Avi/Obi… (who has waged a two year campaign of stalking deleting lying and harassment against me) EVERY chance to respond…

    We have the forum equivalent of “excited delirium” (unrestrained exceeding bounds of normalcy to include defiance of authority via bizarre behaviors, assaults and taking lives) in an individual who for years has suffered from pseudologia fantastica. This susceptibility to brainwashing by religion and the NRA has led him to ignore the simplest precepts of colloquy… the willingness to adhere to the facts, admit error, and not rob others of their forum “lives” through 3,000+ fraudulent deletions.

    He has taken many guises including some or all of these: The Aviator[who isn’t one]/ Obi-won>wan/ GodGunsGuts/ recondo/ rec0nd0/ WhyFoxSuxCox/ Follow_The_Money/ Whynott/ RichardH“Dick”Wood/ GeorgiePorgiePedophile/ WhyFoxIsSoScrewed

    I am not only NOT “so screwed” (as he’d been claiming before the truth came out) , he has finally (like Anesson, in this case unintentionally) “laid himself bare”….that all might see to his core.

    Posted elsewhere by AviatorObi-DeletesFacts at 12:00 p.m. Feb. 10, 2014

    TO: @TheAviator (who isn’t) aka Obi-won, Obi-wan, and multiple other names


    How quickly you remove posts exposing your perfidy ! So…

    SHOWDOWN TIME for your biggest lies

    1. You claim ” I have no aka’s” but also post as Obi-won TRUE or FALSE?

    2. Using multiple screen names, you have reported my non-violating posts as abuse (which done often enough results in deletion) TRUE or FALSE?

    3. You claim “I made no jokes in any way about the Berman children!” but in fact you posted:
    “… that blood on the walls is from you not changing your Maxi-pad…” TRUE or FALSE?

    4. You claim you are not a stalker but in fact primarily peruse the PBPost articles not out of interest in them with something to contribute but simply looking for my posts to provocatively mock (=”trolling”) TRUE or FALSE?

    5. You claim “Your tally is still a LIE and a CROCK OF SHYTE as I have over and over.” but in fact that tally simply keeps a running total of actual incidents published in the PBPost and/or taken from area police reports where guns at some time kept in a residence ended up involved in killing or maiming or assaulting the owners, loved ones, guests, or first responders… TRUE or FALSE?

    I say all true.

    I can prove each one is true…. now based on your own posts including this morning’s.

    I say you are the epitome of what PBPost staff agree runs the risks having the nonpremium comments eliminated entirely…. and to avoid that you should confess, apologize, then just slink away and never return.

    What say you:

    which true, which false?

    Additional explanations for your choices welcome, but will serve at best for mitigation… not refutation.

    I could go on… but these are historically your main taunts and biggest lies

    and because your obfuscating and word-parsing expand exponentially when cornered,

    let’s keep it simple.

  5. barefoot Says:

    I think his response was excellent. I am more interested in his views on it now and not when he was 16.

  6. Andtheansweris Says:


  7. Dodge the question??? Says:

    dodge the question???? WHY???
    After all remember president clinton????smoke it but never inhaled?????
    The poltiical pawns will eat it up?? Heck he might win president!!!!!!
    How much will this cost US???? Should be the out of the box question? after all as we all know once regualtions, overhead and taxes hit the prices will skyrocket as we all can still count on a black market rise and the cost to control as the majority wait for the next illegal drug that the people want to legalize??? at the cost of who??? Yes indeed why not??? legal alcohol, prescription drugs and now legalized pot ?? more mind altering drugs that u need to add to list on our roads????

  8. Silly Says:

    What a weird, answer. Of course it sounds like he did. So What? The only people who want pot illegal anymore are cops, prisons, bail bondsman, lawyers, etc…

    How can alcohol, cigs, and OXYcontin be legal and pot illegal? It makes no sense.

    Prescription drugs, prescribed by Doctors who are seduced by BIG PHARMA…those are the biggest danger and killers today…unfortunately.

  9. TrafficAvenger Says:

    The reason Mr. Rubio refuse’s to answer the question is because he knows if he tells the truth about his former Cannabis use. He then cannot justify the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars of wasted resources this country spends a year on the Prohibition of a harmless plant.

    And we all know that the G.O.P. is the fiscal conservative responsible party who is constantly preaching to end the waste of resources that this country spends daily in the ongoing war to end the peoples choice to practice the right to the continued pursuit of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Right?

    Perhaps Mr. Rubio should come forward and just tell the American voters the truth about why he is opposed to ending the Prohibition of Cannabis.

    He is in fear of what it would do to the profit margins of such things as Prisons for Profit, timber industry, walk-in-clinics who do the drug testing that the wife of our Gov. Scott is a large share holder in. Or the fear mongering of the pharmaceutical companies who fear that medical Cannabis will reduce the need for their pill peddling ways.

    He doesn’t have the man stones to be up front and honest and just answer the question.

    And he thinks we will reward him for his avoiding the question with the keys to the White House? Not a chance.

  10. WhyFox Says:

    Spot on, TA.
    The chances of Rubio answering that (and other) questions honestly is about the same as Aviator/Obi-won answering honestly if those screen names are the same individual, fraudulently delete thousands of comments from gun control advocates, mocked the murdered Berman kids, know the domestic gun violence tally is factual, or harbor homophobic misogynist fundamentalist bigotries.
    Actually there IS a slight difference
    With Rubio you get awkward silence followed by evasion.
    With Avi/Obi like most cons you get arrogant, relentless, bombastic denial upon denial upon denial…in the face of irrefutable evidence to the contrary.
    Evidence like two posts with the exact same content in different articles minutes apart but one under each screen name.
    Like this quote, date and time stamped as his: “that blood on the [murdered Berman childrens’ home] walls is from you not changing your Maxi-pad”
    And this showing both inherent macho gun nut violent tendencies and hatred of women: Posted by TheAviator at 4:11 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014 “Seems we have someone who needs her hands slammed in a car door.”
    AVI/OBI SUDDENLY SILENT SINCE I REVEALED I HAVE ALL THIS EVIDENCE AND CALLED HIM OUT but still fraudulently deleting non-violating posts at a furious pace… until PBPost IT whiz Clay gets back this weekend and blocks his IP once and for all or possibly eliminates nonpremium comments altogether… though that would be overkill throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

  11. OBIWAN Says:

    @ Gimme A Break
    I once visited a man who saw the future. He ate nothing but Clark bars and Twizzlers, but that is not important. What is important is the fact that once a dog ran up a tree chasing a squirrel. Once they got their Chinese take-out, it seemed like they would just watch Wheel and call it a night. Before anything could happen, the postman rang twice, and the bird began to sing. I hope this clears things up for you.

  12. Aviator Says:

    Hey “Gimme A Break

    I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Even though I’m one day further away from the last, I’m one day closer to the next time I will.

    Whenever you start thinking what other people think, you stop thinking. It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
    Just remember, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.
    Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. You must be willing to do the things today others don’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.

    in closing, please remember:

    If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

  13. WhyFox Says:

    #4 is the BEST one…

    Uhh, AviObi… I (and everyone familiar with your perfidy) noticed :

    1. you were unable to delete my fact-filled posts here before beginning your BS… as you’re accustomed to doing in the free comments section you routinely abuse That must hurt.

    2. as usual, you don’t even pretend to comment on the topic… just stalk on over and start ad hominem insulting me…and desperately denying, obfuscating, and attempting distractions versus my precisely summarizing and critiquing your actual reprehensible behaviors and posts (which BTB is NOT ad hominem).

    3. you didn’t deny a single one of those irrefutable disgusting truths although you have felt safe denying them for weeks now in the comments after DELETING my evidence first. Here you can’t delete and although you could deny, everyone would see it as that troubling pseudologia fantastica you suffer from . Your true despicable deleting self revealed.

    Like the infomercials say BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE !


    A. You remember all those posts where I admitted resorting to multiple screen names hoping to stymie your deletion campaign? I even show myself changing them when forced to repost.

    B. You remember how you swore to everyone I was not just wrong but bipolar insane for suggesting you had posted both as TheAviator and as the equally despicable insulting moronic gun nut Obi-one (and variants of that)?

    C. You remember haughtily insisting that you had a friend you had encouraged to register and participate to defend guns…. one of you posting as TheAviator with the other using Obi-one but two different people entirely? Not the same guy! That yarn is still in the PBPost archives Lying comes so easily to you fundamentalist gun nut types. Too casually. Too self-sanctifyingly.

    D. Well blow me down, Matey. Lookie here. Someone was tired after a long night of deleting (that would be YOU) and at 7:58AM Feb 9 stalked on over to pounce on and delete my comment on Ms Isger’s morning weather,

    pbpost dot com slash news slash weather slash a-partly-sunny-day-with-slim-rain-chances-ahead-in slash ndJCJ

    posting as Obi-won how I was a delusional bipolar pathological liar in need of medication with 7 more paragraphs of pure ad hominem insult… which you have sworn dozens of times you never use. You then kept coming back and deleting my attempted reposts per usuel.

    E. I say you were “tired” because after the exact interval it takes to post, sign out, reregister, and repost, YOU were over at
    Guess what appears under TheAviator? The same freight train of filthy invective. Word for word. Paragraph after paragraph.

    Understand I am not calling you out for multiple screen names. I am calling you out (in addition to the far more vile acts enumerated above involving my family, my tally, and the murdered Berman kids etc) for making up that “my friend” story, publishing it thinking I and other readers were stupid enough to believe it, and (when first challenged on it) doubling down on your denials and unleashing additional fusillades of pure ad hominem invective.

    Denials… that’s you coming and going.

    But now you’ve been indisputably outed.

    So why not just slink away and let congenial colloquy and unimpeded information exchange return to the forums?

    Go now.

    There’s no recovery from falling off that high a mountain of venal braggadocio into that low a pit of humiliation.

    And take your biggest fan and amateur fundamentalist liar Serenity Nowhere with you.

  14. OBIWAN Says:

    “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.’

    How can any ‘journalist’ be so lame… his answer was stated and the headline ignored it …
    … to further demonize the winner across Florida for Senate!!

  15. OBIWAN Says:

    The posts by ‘obiwan’ at #11 and ‘aviator’ at #12…
    … are not the gin-u-wine OBIWAN…
    … nor is the new Kenobe 1…

    Anyone reading me the past decade knows full well I get eliminated for calling out this bankrupt NYT wannabe for doom and gloom Marxist propaganda psychobabble… with no journalistic integrity, honesty or credibility!

    Komrades on the ‘editorial board’ claim ‘violation of the visitor privilage’…

    … meaning anyone other than rabid progressive liberal loons chiming the DNC daily talking points!

  16. WhyFox Says:

    Well let’s sort this all out, shall we?.
    Your successors “TheAviator” (who isn’t one), Obi-one (who can’t hold a candle to you in wit), recondo, etc try to maintain your persona faithfully but fall short, having NO honor or education or long view..
    Just the veneer = full right wing fundamentalist gun nut liars, deniers, stalkers, and deleters.
    But you should get credit for your original share.
    What WERE your screen names back then and when did you last post?

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