Vitter Launches Bid for Louisiana Governor

Republican looks to move from Senate to Governor's Mansion

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Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor in 2015.

“After listening and learning, I will lead,” Vitter said in a launch video on his website, promising that his campaign “will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing” in the Senate. Vitter said he would focus on improving Louisiana’s economy and the accountability of state government.

“I’m running to take on the important issues, and make the hard decisions, not to avoid them or play politics with them,” he said.

With incumbent Gov. Bobby Jindal leaving office after two terms, Vitter is likely to face a tough primary race. Lieutenant Gov. Jay Dardenne is also running in the solidly Republican state. Vitter will also likely face new attacks over the 2007 “D.C. Madam” scandal, in which his telephone number appeared in the phone records of a woman who ran a prostitution service. Vitter has apologized and called his actions a “sin,” though it didn’t stop him from winning reelection in 2010.

See Vitter’s announcement video below.

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President Barack Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking but calls it a “bad idea,” amid a push for legalization in several states.

In comments to The New Yorker magazine published Sunday, the US leader also noted that poor minority youths are more likely to get prison time for using marijuana than their richer counterparts.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama said.

“I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”He added that he has told his two daughters Sasha and Malia that “it's a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.”

Obama, in a wide-ranging series of interviews with the prestigious publication, went on to say that “middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do.””And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties,” he added.

In that vein, Obama welcomed the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

“It's important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished,” he said.

Couching his remarks somewhat, Obama called the move in the two states a challenging “experiment.””Those who argue that legalizing marijuana is a panacea and it solves all these social problems I think are probably overstating the case,” he added.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Get caught with a hooker, keep your job and now run for Governor. The rules are different for GOP politicians.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91 Go over this again, Mr. Vitter, about all this Republican Family Values position.  Do you plan ion having a First Lady and a First Prostitute (and a Second Prostitute, et.al. )?