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Boehner defends crying, smoking

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered some tough defenses of his personal habits during an interview with Fox News Sunday.

Host Chris Wallace asked Boehner to respond to people who say his habit of crying in public makes him look "weak" or "strange."

"Yes, I wear my emotions on my sleeve," Boehner said. "I'm not going to apologize for being emotionally attached to the things I feel most strongly about."

The Speaker also told Wallace to back off about his tobacco use.

"Why do you bring this up again?" Boehner asked. "It's a legal product. I choose to smoke it. Leave me alone."

(Photo of Boehner waiting to receive the Speaker's gavel Jan. 5: AP/Charles Dharapak)

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