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Marco Rubio, FOX News wait on Charlie Crist to decide on debate date

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FOX News has agreed to host a debate between Gov. Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio so Florida Republicans can decide who should be the party’s nominee for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Naked Politics, the Miami Herald’s political blog, reports that Rubio, the darling of many of the same conservatives who made FOX News Channel the No. 1 cable TV news network, has accepted an invite for a March 28 debate, so all that is needed now is for Crist to do the same.

The debate would be moderated by FOX’s Chris Wallace, and take place either in Florida or in Washington, D.C.

“We’ve made no secret about our enthusiasm to debate Charlie Crist in this campaign so when FOX News proposed, we accepted,” said Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos.

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