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CNN 20: 'I Didn't Inhale,' March 29, 1992

Aired March 29, 2000 - 10:49 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: On the topic of marijuana: that is our subject today in this edition of "CNN 20," and its relationship to the White House.

Have a look and a listen here.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "PRIME NEWS")

JONATHAN MANN, CNN ANCHOR: There was a time when what Clinton said today would have ended a political career. Now, he apparently feels that time has passed. The former Rhodes scholar revealed that as a student in his 20s, he tried marijuana.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GENE RANDALL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It was a Sunday morning in New York, and then-Governor Clinton went into a local television interview in Manhattan. And we all watched it, of course, while it was on the air. And at one point, he was asked if he had smoked marijuana.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, WCBS-TV)

GOV. BILL CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: And I didn't like it and didn't inhale and never tried it again.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

RANDALL: So he came out of the taping and we were all there waiting there for him. And the -- A, the question was, do you think that this admission of marijuana use will hurt you? And he said, well, you know, absolutely not. Other politicians have made this admission. This was part of candor. And it didn't hurt them, and it's not going to hurt me. And I'm, after all, being candid.

The second question was, you didn't inhale? Well, absolutely not, he said, so, therefore, I'm not going to be hurt on that level, either.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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