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Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

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Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

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Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The mayor of Toronto says he'll stay on the job. Rob Ford says that, despite yesterday's remarkable confession, prompted by video that's reported to show him smoking crack.

MAYOR ROB FORD: Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.

(SOUNDBITE OF DISMAY)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: When, sir?

FORD: Do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: When have you smoked crack cocaine?

FORD: Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably, approximately about a year ago.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The mayor did apologize. Many officials in Toronto seemed unimpressed with his statement that crack was only something he did while drunk. They've been urging him to seek help, but Mayor Ford says he will not leave his job.

FORD: I was elected to do a job, and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing.

INSKEEP: The mayor is known for aggressive efforts to provide services to constituents, but his record now includes that video currently in possession of the police.

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