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U.S. Senator Lincoln Diaz-Balart? U.S. Rep. Marco Rubio?

Here's what Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart had to say about reports that he's on Gov. Charlie Crist's list for potential Senate candidates.

"Governor Crist has the best interests of the people of Florida at heart," Diaz-Balart said Friday night. "I trust his judgment."

Florida Democrats suggest this scenario: Diaz-Balart is appointed senator, opening up a congressional seat for Crist GOP primary rival, Marco Rubio, to run for Congress in a special election. That could prove a tidy solution, allowing Crist to score points with the Hispanic community and dispatch his pesky rival. It would also allow the GOP to give Rubio, its young Cuban American star, some love.

"Stranger things have happened," said Eric Jotkoff, spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party. "How else can one explain LDB being on the short list?"

Rubio, who volunteered for Diaz-Balart's 1992 campaign, says the congressman is "very talented, very qualified and he'd do a great job in the U.S. Senate." And would he run for Diaz-Balart's seat?

"I'm running for the U.S. Senate," Rubio said. "All of that is political speculation. It's been an unusual political year but the fact now is I'm running for the U.S. Senate."