Texas Sen. Ted Cruz confessed this week that he had smoked pot in his teens — but it turns out that he's just one of several prospective White House candidates who have inhaled.
In previous decades, a politician's admission that he had partaken in illegal substances might have got him kicked off the podium.
To play down the issue, two-term president Bill Clinton even bizarrely claimed that although he had smoked marijuana, he "didn't inhale," a comment which became the butt of late-night jokes.
But with marijuana use becoming legal in Colorado and Washington states, times really are a-changin'.
Long before the 2016 race heats up, Republican and Democrat hopefuls have fessed up to their secret indulgences, opening up in an attempt to prevent their pasts from getting in the way of their futures.
But Republican candidates are more likely to come under close examination over their illicit behavior from their conservative supporters, according to The Hill
Here's what 10 potential candidates in 2016 from both parties said about their drug use, or lack thereof:
The former Florida governor recently told The Boston Globe that he had puffed on some strange looking cigarettes while he was in prep school. "I drank alcohol, and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover," Bush said, according to The Hill
. "It was pretty common."
The retired neurosurgeon has never divulged either way whether he's smoked pot. However, he has inferred that he's never touched the stuff by calling it a "gateway drug" and saying it's a "hedonistic activity."
The New Jersey governor says that he's never inhaled, or for that matter even tried, marijuana. "The answer is no," Christie tweeted when he was asked by a fan of pot-smoking country singer Willie Nelson in 2012 if he had ever imbibed.
Although her husband Bill has sort of confessed to smoking pot, the former secretary of state told CNN
last year, "I didn't do it when I was young, I'm not going to start now."
The tea party firebrand admitted to the Daily Mail
that he had smoked weed. "Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Sen. Cruz was no exception," his spokesman said. "When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he's never tried it since."
The Florida senator appears to deny that he's dabbled in pot when he said last year
: "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 made it. He did alright so I guess I can do it too.' And the bottom line is that it is a substance that alters your mind. Now when I was (in my teens), I made dumb decisions. I didn't need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that."
The Kentucky senator refuses to admit whether he's taken a toke, but he definitely implies that he has. "Let's just say I wasn't a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid," Paul said last year, according to The Hill.
Not only has the former Arkansas governor never done drugs, he even opposed dancing while he was in divinity school, according to a BuzzFeed story
posted this week.
The former Texas governor has emphatically denied he's ever gotten high on pot. "No, thank God!" he told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel when he was asked if he'd ever indulged.
The Vermont independent, who caucuses with the Democrats, says he was a pot smoker, but told New York magazine
he was no hippie. "My hair was long, but not long for the times. I smoked marijuana but was never part of the drug culture," he said. "That wasn't me."
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