Sounding confident about his re-election chances, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said this weekend that he has aspirations for higher office.
“Yes, one day I do want to run for prime minister,” Ford said during an interview with Fox News Channel’s John Roberts.
Without delving into specifics, Ford said that he is receiving treatment while insisting that he does not suffer from addiction.
“I’m training every day. I’m in the gym for two hours every day. I’m seeking professional help. I’m not an alcoholic. I’m not a drug addict,” Ford said.
“We have a team of professionals that are working with me on some health issues and I’m gonna leave it at that,” he added. “It’s really no one’s business what I do in my personal life, what I do in a gym, or the professionals I talk to.”
Ford said that despite the Toronto city council’s decision to strip him of many of his powers, he’s “going to continue to fight for the little guy.”
Canadian courts last week released almost 500 pages of documents detailing Ford’s alleged drug abuse and sexual harassment.
The embattled mayor also gave an interview to CNN over the weekend, saying that he would have admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier had he been asked the right question.
“If someone would have said, came up to me and said, ‘Have you ever smoked crack? Have you ever smoked weed? I would have said, ‘Yeah, I have,’ ” Ford said.
“But when you come and accuse me of being a crack addict and say, ‘Do you smoke crack?’ No I don’t. Have I? Yeah, OK. Have I drank, have I acted like an idiot when I drank? Yeah, I did.”