Sen. Marco Rubio sees absolutely no upside to clearing the air about any previous drug use.
But as he proved on Monday, he’ll ramble on and on about why it’s a lose-lose for elected officials to speak candidly about ever having consumed cannabis.
Fusion talk show co-anchor Mariana Atencio attempted to light a fire under the Florida Republican by probing the one-time tea party favorite about the burgeoning endorsement of medical marijuana at the state level.
“I’ll tell you why I never answer that question,” the father of four got rolling.
“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. 'Cause look how he made it. He did alright. So I guess I can do it too.’”
His “Reefer Madness”-style prognosticating picked up speed from there, zigzagging from the past — “Now, when I was 17 and 18 and 16, I made dumb decisions as is. I didn’t need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that,” he shared — to the present (“The bottom line is that it is a substance that alters your mind”) and even off into the future — “When you go interview for that job, and that thing pops up in your background check that you got arrested for something dumb, they don’t look at you and say, ‘Ahh, you were just 17.’ There are people who won’t get hired because of that stuff,” he counseled — almost as if the junior Florida senator had gotten used to slipping in and out of the time-space continuum at will.
Not that he was all gloom and doom.
Rubio elicited a few chuckles whilst raising alarms about how getting pinched for pot might burn bridges further down the road.
“There are bars that will give you a tough — not drinking bars, legal bars, the Florida bar — that won’t let you because of those issues,” Rubio warned aspiring attorneys.
So, did he or didn’t he experiment with the wacky weed back in the day?
“The answer to your question is: at this point, it’s irrelevant,” Rubio finally blew off Atencio.