Crist speaks to Democratic dinner

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Former Governor Charlie Crist, who was once a Republican, has given one of his first speeches as a Democrat, reports Tamara Lush of the Associated Press.

Crist was the keynote speaker at the Manatee County Democrats’ annual dinner Friday night. More than 300 people were in attendance, and many posed for photos with Crist.

Crist mentioned several Democrats – Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and the late Robert F. Kennedy – in his 30-minute speech. But Crist did not mention Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican.

Now a Democrat, Crist certainly sounded like a 2014 gubernatorial candidate Friday evening.

He spoke about immigration and the state’s voting problems in 2012. He also talked about teachers and made a thinly veiled reference to Scott’s proposal to give all teachers a $2,500 pay raise, saying, “It’s nice to give people bonuses, it’s even nicer to be good to them every year.”

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