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Does the US war on drugs destabilize Latin America? “I’m not quite sure what you are asking," Sen. Crapo
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Does the US war on drugs destabilize Latin America? “I’m not quite sure what you are asking," Sen. Crapo

Ep. 13 — Sen. Mike Crapo (1-25-2024)
US Capitol Police officers. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Ask a Pol asked:

Do you think American drug policy has played a role at all in destabilizing these countries that are bleeding people into the United States now?

Key Crapo: 

“I’m not quite sure, what you are asking,” Crapo told Ask a Pol. “I don’t have an opinion on it.

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Mike Crapo

SCENE: Crapo’s scooting through the basement of the US Capitol where he runs into Ask a Pol’s Matt Laslo.

Matt Laslo: “Has, um…”

Mike Crapo: “I gotta keep moving fast.”

ML: “Yeah. In these immigration talks, has the war on drugs come up at all?”

MC: “On the what?”

ML: “Has the war on drugs come up at all?”

MC: “You know, I honestly don’t know what’s going on in the negotiations. You mean the Lankford discussions?”

ML: “Yeah.”

MC: “I don’t know.”

Sen. Crapo laughs.

ML: “Fair. But I’m just curious in general.”

MC: “I mean, I honestly don’t know. But, if your question is…

ML: “But you think the war on…”

MC: “…is the fentanyl making across the border an issue, that I do know is an issue.”

ML: “But do you think American drug policy has played a role at all in destabilizing these countries that are bleeding people?”

MC: “American drug policy?”

ML: “Yeah.”

MC: “You mean, open border policy?”

ML: “No. Just our anti-drug policy. No?”

MC: “I’m not quite sure what you are asking, but — so I don’t have an opinion on it.”

ML: “Fair! Preciate ya.”

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