Or as he adds, "2 out of three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness."
One fun aspect of Trump's decision to pick a VP candidate who hasn't been much noticed previously is that everyone can have fun digging in to his past. Everyone can be a reporter!
My contribution today. It's nothing extraordinary, but still. The Great American Smoke Out, from the Mike Pence - Congress website, March 2, 2001.
In the coming weeks, Americans are going to be treated with the worst kind of Washington-speak regarding the tobacco legislation currently being considered by the Congress and Attorney Generals from forty different states. We will hear about the scourge of tobacco and the resultant premature deaths. We will hear about how this phalanx of government elates has suddenly grown a conscience after decades of subsidizing the product which, we are now told, "kills millions of Americans each year". Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.
Update: Argh. I didn't realize that this had been dug out a day ago. On to my next search!