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Rohrabacher Recalls Arm-Wrestling Putin...and Losing

The Republican congressman who represents Aliso Viejo recalled the friendly match in an interview with public radio station KPCC.

Rep. Dana Dana Rohrabacher. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
Rep. Dana Dana Rohrabacher. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told an interviewer on KPCC that he once arm-wrestled Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was a local official at the time.

The story came up Thursday when KPCC's Washington correspondent Kitty Felde talked with the Republican congressman about the Russian proposal on Syria's chemical weapons.

Putin was in Washington in the early 1990s with a Russian delegation, Rohrabacher recalled. While there, Putin and two other Russians ended up playing a game of touch football with Rohrabacher and a few of his friends.

"We all ended up going to this Irish Times Pub afterwards. And we were having a little bit too much to drink, I guess,"Rohrabacher told KPCC.

"Anyway, we started arguing about who won the Cold War, etc. And so we decided to settle it like men do when they've had too much to drink in the pub. So we got to these arm wrestling matches, and I ended up being paired off with Putin. 

"He's a little guy, but boy, I'll tell yea. He put me down in a millisecond! He is tough. His muscles are just unbelievable. "

Rohrabacher, whose district includes Aliso Viejo, opposes the use of military force in Syria.

IRun4AV September 15, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Public meeting regarding Aliso Viejo Ranch Master Plan Sept. 17*** Listen to Mayor Cave's $19 million plan This Tuesday - City Hall @ 7pm The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 12 Journey. The Aliso Viejo Ranch Master Plan was approved in 2009. The Draft Site Plan reflects and further defines the originally approved concept Master Plan. It depicts vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns and opportunities; locations of existing and proposed uses; structures; and other elements. The Aliso Viejo Ranch Site Plan Update Workshop will give community members and others the chance to provide input on the Aliso Viejo Ranch Site Plan. For more information or to provide the City with comments, contact Albert Armijo, Director of Planning Services, at 949-425-2500 or aarmijo@cityofalisoviejo.com. To RSVP for the meeting, contact Mary Flemister at 949-425-2529.
Steven Fox September 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Isn't Dana Rohrbacher always drunk?

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