Russert: lots of people die from smoking or second-hand smoke. Do you favor a national no public places smoking law?
Clinton: it’s worked well in NYC. We should be moving toward a bill regulating tobacco through FDA. That will support local communities in making these kinds of zoning decisions. Don’t favor national law at this point.
Obama: local communities are doing the right thing. If we don’t see enough progress at the local level, I would favor a national law. I have been successful in quitting.
Edwards, Biden, Dodd, Richardson, Kucinich, Gravel all favor a national law.
Over to Alison King: is a drinking age of 21 unrealistic and counterproductive? Would you return the drinking age to the states?
Biden: absolutely not. Costs of alcohol are staggering. This is a gigantic problem. Now going back to Clinton: making a complicated argument about negotiation strategy.
Dodd: agree with Biden. Evidence is overwhelming. On the smoking issue: this is part of the health care debate. We will reduce health care costs by reducing smoking.
Richardson: won’t reduce the drinking age. Edwards won’t either.
Gravel: if you can fight, you should be able to drink.
Kucinich: kids will do what they want, but they’re looking for leadership. Kids should vote at 16 and vote at 18.