WASHINGTON (CNN) - Does a good role model talk about using illegal drugs?
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama started the debate when he admitted to a high school audience in New Hampshire that he had experimented with drugs while he was in high school.
"There were times when I got into drinking, experimenting with drugs. There was a stretch of time where I did not really apply myself," Obama said.
He added that when he left for college he realized he wasted a lot of time using drugs.
"It's not something I'm proud of," Obama said. "It was a mistake as a young man."
What a change from Bill Clinton's 1992 admission that he had smoked marijuana a time or two and didn't like it. "And I didn't inhale and didn't try it again."
- CNN's Carol Costello