Toronto's beleaguered mayor Rob Ford has told NBC's Today show: "They are not going to find another Rob Ford".
Ford, who eventually admitted smoking crack cocaine after a video surfaced of him doing it, told co-anchor Matt Lauer: "I can't even barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated".
Asked why he initially denied the allegations, Ford said he was asked by reporters, "'Do I use crack cocaine?' No, I don't use crack cocaine. No. Have I tried crack cocaine? Yes, I've tried crack cocaine".
He added: "I've embarrassed, not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that".
Ford, who faces an electoral race next year, said he "absolutely" still wants to be Toronto mayor, stating: "October 27 - let the people decide".
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