Transcript for 'This Week': Toronto Mayor's Stunner
The headlines were stunning. Mayor smokes crack, it happened in toronto, it was caught on tape, the mayor confessed and his approval ratings jumped. Here's abc's reena ninan. Reporter: It's an apology that took six months to make and this morning the mayor of canada's largest city is weighing his option. I embarrassed everyone in this city and I will be forever sorry. Reporter: On tuesday, toronto mayor ford finally admitted that he smoked crack cocaine. Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors. Reporter: Elected three years ago, promising to stop the gravy train at city hall. Mayor -- Reporter: It's the ruy train that he's unable to contain. The mayor of toronto has admitted he smoked crack while in a drunken stupor. The mayor was charged with being way too excited for canada. Reporter: This shows ford on an expletive-filled rant. All I can do now is to apologize and move on. While two-thirds now say they want ford to resign or go to rehab, his approval rating has actually increased five points since before the scandal. Okay, reena, thanks. We're joined by george stroumboulopoulos, great to see you again. Good to see you, sir. George, what is going on up in toronto? It's a strange turn of events up therre. It's unprecedented for us. We're used to scandals. This is a particular kind of scandal that we're just starting to figure out. It's a big city, but it's growing. How is he able to go on with these, you know, denials for so long even though the tape was kind of out there? That's the question for the ages, george. We can't do much about it. We kind of wait for the proof. And there is no proof, then there is no proof. Now that the proof is out there, there's the acceptance. Okay, now, what do we do? It's the most polarized time for us in that city. Does he actually have a strong group of supporters to say, hey, hold on, stay in office, we're behind you? It's hard to tell if it's from his base or if it's from him and his brother. If these guys are going to shamelessly hold on. No one really knows. Around the outskirts of the city and the suburbs it's waivering a little bit. His popularity is going up. So, no one knows what the numbs mean now. A year away from the next election. It's a polarized city. I think a lot of people like the fact that this guy talking for them. I guess it must be frustrating for canadians to be the story to cross the border? In the way it is. One thing they realize, this is the city where anthony weiner is, all around the world, politicians screw up majorly this is just our time. But every country has it. Every city has it. The fact that it's crack and that this is a mayor that's polarizing to begin with, they're so audacious, the two ford brothers, but it's a diverse city. Yes or now, a year from now, he'll be in office? I'll leave that up to the voters. The fact it's unknown. George stroumboulopoulos, thanks very much. We turn now to our sunday spotlight shining on the new
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