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Crist explores VP nod

HOLLYWOOD -- The Buzz tracked down Gov. Charlie Crist after his well-received speech at the Young Republicans event to ask about his reaction to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's comments earlier in the day.

Romney, in response to a question from an audience member about attractive vice president contenders, mentioned Crist's name as well as those of former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez.

He acknowledged it was "presumptuous" to name names now, but then said, "You can think of a number of people in Florida who would fall on that list from your governor to your former governor to your senator."

Flanked by a mob of adoring fans, Crist at first avoided a direct response. He said he was too busy focusing on being governor of Florida to give Romney's remarks any serious thought.

But then he acknowledged that he has had "indirect conversations through other people, through other campaigns" about the potential VP nod. Now that's straight-talk.

--John Frank, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:38pm]

    

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