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Garcia and Martinez score national exposure

Lincoln Diaz-Balart will be a player at the GOP's rapid response office for a second day Tuesday -- but his challenger has scored a coveted spot on the podium aimed at raising his national profile.

Raul Martinez's campaign says he and Joe Garcia, who is challenging Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, will be among 5 promising congressional aspirants to be given some valuable face time during the Democratic National Convention.

The two, along with Christine Jennings, who is in a rematch with Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, will appear on stage Tuesday afternoon with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat who heads the national Democratic committee charged with increasing the number of Democrats in Congress.

The three are to be featured sometime after 4 p.m. (MST)

Meanwhile, Lincoln, who fielded TV and radio interviews from the GOP "war room" not far from the Democrats convention will appear Tuesday at a press conference with former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney.

See here tomorrow for more details and pictures.