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Florida's Crist to run for US Senate

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(Read caption) Although Florida Governor Charlie Crist endorsed President Obama's stimulus package last February, don't expect the president to return the favor. The Republican announced on Tuesday that he will for the US Senate seat currently occupied by outgoing Senator Mel Martinez.

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Though not nearly as scintillating as Miss California saying that she and President Obama share the same views on same-sex marriage, there are other political stories brewing today.

Like Florida Governor Charlie Crist announcing he'll forego running for a second term as the state's chief executive in favor of opting to run in the US Senate race.

Crist-crossed

The seat, currently occupied by outgoing Republican Senator Mel Martinez, is up for grabs, and Crist may represent the GOP's best chance for keeping it red. Even if Crist crossed party lines last February to endorse President Obama's stimulus package.

It's all about working together, Crist says

"Here in Florida, we've shown that when we put people first and work together much can be accomplished, and I intend to bring that same approach to Washington," Crist said in a statement announcing his run.

Anti-Crist

But that approach doesn't work according to his primary opponent, House Speaker Marco Rubio -- who you could call the anti-Crist. (We're here all week, try the veal).

Only hours after Crist's announcement, Rubio's campaign released a web ad which previews one of the ways he'll try to differentiate himself from the popular governor.

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