Clinton: I Never Denied Smoking Marijuana
Bill Clinton, parsing his words carefully, told Jorge Ramos on Fusion TV that he never denied using marijuana. He said, “I never denied that I used marijuana. I told the truth.” Of course, before he was elected president, Clinton once said, 'When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn't like it. I didn't inhale, and I didn't try it again.'
When Ramos asked him how he would answer today if asked if he had ever tried marijuana, Clinton evaded a direct answer, saying, 'Like many things in the press, that whole thing has been totally twisted to try to make something untrue.”
Apparently Clinton is relying on the “didn’t inhale, so didn’t smoke” defense. He ransacked his memory to quote Martin Walker, who was United Press International's editor-in-chief at the time and who said, "Bill Clinton told the truth. He literally didn't have the ability to do that."
Clinton protested to Ramos, “I didn't say I was holier-than-thou … I said, ‘I tried.’ I didn't deny that I did anything. I thought it was funny.”