Candidates Interview With MTV

Candidates Interview With MTV
Posted by FoM on January 26, 2000 at 17:34:26 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
Al Gore said it was no ``great mystery'' why he chose to smoke marijuana as a young man. Bill Bradley said he made a pilgrimage to Elvis Presley's home in Graceland -- and saved a leaf from a tree there. Steve Forbes said he stayed out of the counterculture in the 1960s. He was at Princeton, where he started a business magazine. 
``There were protests against the magazine that I was working on,'' Forbes said. ``In that sense we were truly the counterculture.'' The presidential contenders talked about their younger years in MTV interviews telecast Wednesday on a show called ``Where Were You at 22?'' The vice president said that he smoked marijuana while at Harvard University in the late 1960s, while in the military and after he returned home, where it ``tapered off pretty quickly.'' ``That was a choice,'' he said. ``I wish I hadn't made it because I would feel better about being able to say to all the people who are watching your show, 'Don't do it' and 'I didn't do it.' But I did.'' Interviewer Chris Connelly asked Gore why he chose to smoke marijuana at the time. Gore laughed. ``I don't think that's a great mystery,'' he said. Although he was the son of a Tennessee senator and grew up in Washington, Gore also said he was disillusioned about politics when he was 22. ``I was really thinking at that stage of my life that not only was politics something that I wouldn't consider, I was certain it would be the absolute last thing I ever did with my life,'' he said. Bradley said that when he visited Graceland, Presley wasn't home. ``I climbed up the wall that surrounded Graceland, reached over to a limb that was from a tree inside the wall, snapped the leaf off the tree and kept that leaf in my wallet for about six years,'' he said. NEW YORK (AP) Published: January 26, 2000Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company Related Articles: A Note To Tennessean Readers About Gore Coverage - 1/25/2000 Other Journalist Recalls Gore's Drug Use - 1/25/2000 of Gore Pot Use Raise Complex Questions - 1/25/2000 Past Marijuana Use Infrequent and Rare - 1/24/2000 Denies Marijuana Charge - 1/24/2000
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Comment #4 posted by Doc-Hawk on January 27, 2000 at 16:43:43 PT:
John Stossel's Give Me a Break
Jan. 14, 2000, 20/20 aired a short piece in which you get to hear most of the major candidates for president admit marijuana use. They all act like it was a joke, yet all advocate tougher throw 'em in jail (for the children and their own good) laws. John flat out calls it what it is...HYPOCRISY!!!!
Transcript from 20/20
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Comment #3 posted by Wabo on January 27, 2000 at 09:04:31 PT
Get ready...
The political season has now officially started. 2000 will be full of heads spouting politospeak. It's all designed to numb your mind--to paraphrase Dr. Hook. I know where I was when I was 22.At the same age that Gore was "experimenting", Bradley was seeking the "King" and Forbes was having the bolts in his neck tightened--I was trying to make ends meet like most other people were.Frustrated and J Christen-Michell are correct. This is all a load of predigested crap meant to approximate a sanitized, but nonetheless, real life.Please. At least we know pro wrestling is SUPPOSED to be fake.
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Comment #2 posted by J Christen-Mitchell on January 27, 2000 at 04:54:17 PT:
Political Actors
Check it out. There is no such thing anymore as a political leader. They are all political ACTORS. Everything they do or say, everything they wear and where they go, is all so carefully orchestrated so that the possibility of a major gaffe is eliminated. Like the media any honesty is eliminated from the equation. Entertainment awards should broaden their scope to include the likes of "I did not inhale" or "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". Classic acting, nothing more. Acting fees of 10 million dollars pales in comparison to what the pols can feather their nest with.
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Comment #1 posted by Frustrated on January 26, 2000 at 21:14:30 PT
the presidential hopeless...
And this article tells us WHAT about the current crop of candidates? That they can rationalize any action under the sun, or that they are so desperate for approval they will say just about anything to "fit in" with Joe Blow and Jane Doe citizen? What next?i tell you, one gets tired of the endless BS pretty quickly...
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