Politics

Rick Santorum: ‘I smoked pot’ as a college student

It cost Douglas Ginsburg a seat on the Supreme Court in the 1980s. But in 2011, the use of marijuana is not frowned upon like it once was.

Case in point: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a candidate for president of the United States, hasn’t had his longshot candidacy completely erased by an on-air pot confession.

In an appearance on Wednesday’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN, Santorum admitted that he smoked marijuana as a student in college.

“Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college,” Santorum said. “It was something that I’m not proud of, but I did. And said it was something that I wish I hadn’t done. But I did and I admitted it. I would encourage people not to do so. It was not all it’s made up to be.”

And Santorum said that summed up all the illegal activity he has engaged in.

“I know you’re a Catholic so I’m not in the confessional,” he said. “So I would just say at that point as far as illegal activity, I think that sort of covers it.”