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Wyclef Jean for president?

The filing deadline for Haiti's presidential election isn't until Aug. 7, but speculation about who will run is rampant.

The political jockeying for one of the toughest jobs in the hemisphere began well before the catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake. But it has intensified as rumors fly over a possible bid by Haiti-born multi-platinum musician Wyclef Jean.

The potential candidates are stirring up so much interest that the subject even came up Tuesday at a U.S. congressional hearing on Haiti's rebuilding efforts. During the hearing, U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, asked U.S. AID Administrator Rajiv Shah what he was hearing.

Shah chuckled slightly and responded: "I've heard a lot of rumors; it's best for me not to speculate.''

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