Newt Gingrich proposed the death penalty for marijuana in 1997, and yet he is one of the 100 million Americans who have smoked marijuana.
Over the weekend, struggling Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson reminded MSNBC viewers that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich had once to called to punish some drug offenders with death.
“Newt Gingrich, in 1997, proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana,” Johnson explained. “And yet, he is among 100 million Americans who’ve smoked marijuana.”
“I would love to have a discussion with him on the fact that he smoked pot, and under the wrong set of circumstance he proposed the death penalty for, potentially, something that he had committed. I have troubles with that,” he added.
Johnson, a former New Mexico governor who has advocated for marijuana legalization since 1999, is at least partially correct about Gingrich’s position.
As Speaker of the House, Gingrich introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”
The bill would have required a “sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.” It would have applied to anyone convicted more than once of carrying 100 doses — or about two ounces — or marijuana across the border. Defendants would have had a window of 18 months to file their one and only appeal.
First lady Michelle Obama has a date, and it’s not with her husband, CNN reports:
20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. “With your husband’s permission of course,” said Leeks.
The first lady responded, “I’d love to” and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.
White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the invitation in Friday’s briefing and responded, “If the president’s watching this, this may be the first he’s heard of it.”
Carney couldn’t confirm that FLOTUS will definitely attend but said, “The first lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed. So I’m sure she was flattered by the invitation.”
With America’s war in Iraq coming to an end, the President welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to the White House and invited him to a wreath laying ceremony, then spoke to troops at Fort Bragg on ending the war responsibly and standing by those who fought for it. After nearly nine years of sacrifice, the tide of war is receding, and the troops are coming home.
“I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.” — GOP White House hopeful Rick Perrycomparing himself to a football star.
“Ten thousand bucks?” — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyextending a bet to Rick Perry during a debate.
“…He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.” — Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnellexplaining why she likes Mitt Romney.
“All we need [is] a president who will step up and start to lead and quit acting like some scaredy cat hiding in some closet in the White House.” — Sen. Orrin Hatchexpressing his frustration with President Obama.
“…We didn’t know how bad it was.” — President Barack Obamatalking about the economic crisis.
“Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration.” – An ABC spokesman, quoted by HuffPost, downplaying reports that Barbara Walters will retire next year.
“…I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty.” — Former presidential candidateHerman Cainexplaining why he can still be Secretary of Defense despite his Libya gaffe.
“The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt.” — Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, quoted by Time, on what’s next for Newt Gingrich.