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John Kerry on 'Agent Orange' Charlie Crist



Secretary of State John Kerry at last night's Gridiron dinner in Washington:

"Is Charlie Crist still here? I had to check. He's always so quick to leave a party. No, I admire Charlie. After all, he was for the GOP before he was against it. You were great tonight, Charlie. Or as the people of Florida call you, 'that nice young man.' Of course, we Vietnam vets just call you 'Agent Orange.' "

Crist was pretty funny himself. "I know what you're thinking: 'Why Charlie Crist?' Simple: The Gridiron wanted someone of color," quipped the ever-tanned St. Petersburg resident. "It's an honor for me to have been invited to this legendary event, one that has such a great tradition. The Gridiron always pokes fun at candidates from both parties. You could have saved time and just invited me."

[Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:30pm]


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