Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: I'm off drugs, in gym daily

TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he no longer uses illegal drugs, goes to the gym every day and doesn't drink as much as he used to.

Ford told NBC's "Today" show that while he has had a few drinks since the show's host Matt Lauer interviewed him in November, it hasn't been "to the point of some of the episodes before."

Ford admitted that he has used alcohol recently but said he has not abused it.

"Have I had a drink? Yes I have, but not to the point of some of the episodes before," Ford said, adding that things are "going fantastic."

The interview comes a month after a video surfaced showing Ford inebriated at a restaurant, rambling in a Jamaican accent and using profanity.

In the video, Ford is shown in a fast food restaurant rambling and talking about police surveillance and calling police chief Bill Blair a derogatory name.

The mayor, 44, admitted he had been drinking that night, saying, "maybe you're perfect, but I'm not."

Ford is running for re-election this year, despite admitting last fall to smoking crack cocaine while in office. He said he is in "great shape" heading into the campaign.

"Right after this interview, I'm dying to use the gym," he said.

He told Lauer that he was only experimenting with illegal drugs.


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