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Ted Cruz admits to having smoked pot as a teenager

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)  (2013 Getty Images)

Ted Cruz inhaled.

The Texas Republican has become the latest presidential contender to confess to having smoked marijuana at least once in his life.

Cruz’s campaign told the Daily Mail that the senator smoked when he was a teenager.

"Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Sen. Cruz was no exception," a Cruz spokesman told the Mail. "When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he's never tried it since."

Other presidential hopefuls have admitted to having tried, or regularly smoked, pot at some point.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, told The Boston Globe: “I drank alcohol, and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover. It was pretty common.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also a Republican, has said that he has not smoked pot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, of the GOP, said he's never smoked.

On the Democratic side, current front-runner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, has said she has never smoked pot.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, have neither confirmed or denied ever having smoked marijuana.

“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, according to The Hill.

Rubio has said it’s a no-win situation to answer the question.

“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,’” Rubio said, according to The Hill. “And the bottom line is that it is a substance that alters your mind. 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.”

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