Rubio Won't Say Whether He's Smoked Pot Or Not

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio is strongly against legalizing marijuana. But don't even ask him whether he's ever smoked pot before. 

“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it's not a big deal,’” the 43-year-old Republican told ABC’s Politics Confidential. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn't, they won't believe you." 

As Fox News Latino reports, the senator told ABC that he decided against answering the question a couple of years ago, when he was told his book, American Son, influenced a young person in a not-so-great way. Once an undisciplined high school student with a 2.1 GPA, the senator told the show, “Someone came up to me and said, ‘You know, I enjoyed your book, but I want you to know, my son came up to me and said he doesn't have to get good grades in high school, because look at Marco Rubio, he didn't do well in high school and look how successful he's been.'"

With that in mind, Rubio knows his actions can influence young people. “The bottom line, is I believe that adding yet another mind-altering substance to something that's legal is not good for the country. I understand there are people that have different views on it, but I feel strongly about that.”

What do you think? Do you agree with Rubio?

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