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That Crist Tan

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July

Note to Florida Democrats: You might want to go easy on ridiculing Charlie Crist's tan, as you did earlier this week.

On Jim DeFede's radio show in south Florida today (Am 940 WINZ), Crist fielded some pointed questions and showed how's more than ready to deal with that George Hamilton complexion issue: "It’s sad. I mean my goodness - because I happen to have Greek heritage and if  I go out in the sun for a half hour and it looks like I’ve been out there for four hours  because I have a darker complexion than somebody - honestly Jim I thought we were at the place in this country where the color of somebody’s skin or the complexion that they have is not something that’s an issue of political debate anymore. I’ve been fighting for civil rights for all of our people as attorney general, and for the Democratic party to kind of poke fun of something like that was really beneath a lot of Democrats that I  know that don’t feel that way.''

Sounding more like a general election candidate than one in a Republican primary, Crist said he doesn't oppose civil union between gay couples but opposes gay marriage and that "I haven't reached a conclusion" on whether gay adoptions should be allowed.

The ever-unflappable frontrunner didn't miss a beat when DeFede asked about talk Crist is gay: "Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as they would say on Seinfeld, but I just happen not to be.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:09pm]

    

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