Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims he arm-wrestled Putin
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., claims he learned first-hand about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “tough guy” demeanor back in the 1990s when he lost a drunken arm-wrestling match to the Russian leader.
In an radio interview Thursday with 89.3 KPCC in California, Rohrabacher recalled meeting a group of young Russian leaders in Washington, D.C. in the 1990’s — including Putin, who was then deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. The congressman said the Russians wanted to meet him since he had served as a speechwriter for President Reagan, so he arranged a football game with the Russians and several of his “right-wing friends.”
“We all ended up going to the Irish Times pub afterwards, and we were having a little bit too much to drink, I guess,” Rohrabacher said. “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 a little bit too much to drink at the pub. So we got down to these arm-wrestling matches.”