10/07/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT
Don't invite Elton John and Dennis Miller to the same party -- or political party, for that matter.
The musician voiced his disgust at the comedian toward the finale of Saturday night's "Grand Slam for Children" charity benefit hosted by Andre Agassi at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Earlier in the show Miller, 49, delivered political zingers aimed squarely at liberals -- including gags about not caring about blowing the Baghdad Museum to bits, and killing caribou and raping Alaska for oil to lessen dependency on foreign countries, according to the Sun.
Then came time for John, 56, to appear onstage. "Americans are always asking why the rest of the world hates them," he said after singing his first song, "Tiny Dancer."
"Well," he added in disgust, "the reason is Dennis Miller. ... You've all gone mental if you liked that."
Added John: "This night is about charity -- not washing your dirty political laundry."
Asked his opinion of John's remarks after the show, Miller, before beating a hasty retreat, told the Sun: "Everyone is entitled to their opinion."
Meanwhile, with the California recall on everybody's minds, the Los Angeles Times reports that three Republican strategists recently said they want Miller, a registered Republican, to think about running as next year's opponent to Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
No comment from Miller, but Roy Behr, a spokesman for Boxer, told the paper: "I think the public has always registered how they feel about Dennis Miller. And that's why he got booted off 'Monday Night Football.' "