Katherine Harris on Principles & Values

Republican Representative (FL-13)

Vision for FL: low taxes, secure from terrorists & illegals

HARRIS: I'd like to share the stark difference between my vision for Florida & my opponent's. The Florida I envision is one in which you enjoy enormous economic prosperity because you have the confidence that you will be able keep more of your hard-earne money because we permanently lowered your taxes. The Florida I envision is one in which you will be secure, because we have protected our homeland from terror, and we'll have a legal, secure labor force to continue our prosperity. The Florida I envision builds on traditional values that we hold so dear and cherishes those principles of our founding fathers. My opponent has a very different view. One where Floridians will have a larger, more intrusive government, a more burdensome tax system, and millions of illegals gaining more rights and privileges than you and I have.

NELSON: If we set our minds to the issues ahead instead of attacks, we can solve a lot of the problems facing this state and this nation.

Source: FL 2006 Senate Debate moderated by PBS' Linda O'Brien Oct 23, 2006

Separation of church and state is a lie

Katherine Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws." Harris made the comments in the Florida Baptist Witness. Separation of church and state is "a lie we have been told," Harris said in the interview, published Thursday, saying separating religion and politics is "wrong because God is the one who chooses our rulers." Her comments drew criticism, including some from fellow Republicans who called them offensive and not representative of the party. Harris' campaign released a statement saying she had been "speaking to a Christian audience, addressing a common misperception that people of faith should not be actively involved in government." The comments reflected "her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values," adding that Harris had previously supported pro-Israel legislation and recognizing the Holocaust.
Source: Associated Press Sep 1, 2006

Non-Christian legislators legislate sin, like gay marriage

Katherine Harris told a religious journal that if Christians are not elected, politicians will "legislate sin," including abortion and gay marriage. Harris made the comments in the Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention, which interviewed political candidates and asked them about religion and their positions on issues. "If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris said.
Source: Associated Press Sep 1, 2006

Passed over one hundred bills in State Senate

During her term in the Florida state senate, Congresswoman Harris passed over one hundred bills. Her legislative achievements included an economic development package that helped fuel Florida's dramatic rise from 42nd place to 1st place in the nation as a state to start a new business or grow an existing business; a significant increase in teacher salaries; and stiffened penalties for white collar crime and for crimes committed against the elderly.
Source: Campaign website, www.electharris.org Jan 28, 2006

Will run for US Senate, but not this year

When Senator Bob Graham announced his retirement from the US Senate, I, like most Floridians, was shocked. When the news broke, I was just finishing my first full year in Congress, an unforgettable year I spent listening, learning and leading.

So, when the phone began ringing off the hook with calls urging me to seriously consider altering course to run for the US Senate, I knew then that I faced perhaps the most difficult decision of my public life. Despite an exceptional field of Republican candidates, people across Florida reached out to me and offered their encouragement. That meant more to me than every poll showing me leading the race.

I have arrived at an extremely difficult decision. After careful deliberation, I am here to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate - but.not this year. This year, I will continue to work hard to earn the confidence and support of my constituents in a re-election campaign for Congress that I expect will be tough and spirited.

Source: Press statement from www.ElectHarris.org Jan 16, 2004

Rated C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted.

Harris scores C by the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC

The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Members of the Club are economic conservatives, like-minded political contributors who are frustrated with the ideological drift of both parties today. Club members have a shared goal of contributing to and electing more Reaganites to Congress who are willing to stand for the issues like: cutting taxes, controlling federal spending, personal accounts for Social Security, ending the death tax, eliminating the capital gains tax, fundamental tax reform, providing true school choice and minimizing government's role in our daily lives.

The stakes are mighty high in the Senate elections. That’s why we’re providing you now with our outlook for every competitive Senate race and a list of our top tier choices. The “A” List Candidates make this list because their races are competitive and they are the very best on economic issues. The “B” List Candidates are all in hotly contested races too, but they are not as rock solid on economic growth issues.

Source: CFG website 04n-CFG on Sep 21, 2004

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2004 Presidential:
Pres.George W. Bush
Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

2008 possibilities:

Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John Edwards
Sen.Russ Feingold
Rudy Giuliani
V.P.Al Gore
Sen.Barack Obama
Sen.John McCain

2006 Senate retirements:
Jon Corzine(D,NJ)
Mark Dayton(DFL,MN)
Bill Frist(R,TN)
Jim Jeffords(I,VT)
Paul Sarbanes(D,MD)
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(AZ)Kyl v.Pederson
(CA)Feinstein v.Mountjoy
(CT)Lieberman v.Lamont v.Schlesinger
(DE)Carper v.Ting
(FL)Nelson v.Harris
(HI)Akaka v.Thielen
(IN)Lugar v.Osborn
(MA)Kennedy v.Chase
(MD)Cardin v.Steele v.Zeese
(ME)Snowe v.Bright
(MI)Stabenow v.Bouchard
(MN)Kennedy v.Klobuchar
(MO)Talent v.McCaskill
(MS)Lott v.Fleming v.Bowlin
(MT)Burns v.Tester
(ND)Conrad v.Grotberg
(NE)Nelson v.Ricketts
(NJ)Menendez v.Kean
(NM)Bingaman v.McCulloch
(NV)Ensign v.Carter
(NY)Clinton v.Spencer
(OH)DeWine vBrown
(PA)Santorum v.Casey
(RI)Chafee vWhitehouse
(TN)Ford v.Corker
(TX)Hutchison v.Radnofsky
(UT)Hatch v.Ashdown
(VA)Allen v.Webb
(VT)Sanders v.Tarrant
(WA)Cantwell v.McGavick v.Guthrie
(WI)Kohl v.Vogeler v.Redick
(WV)Byrd v.Raese
(WY)Thomas v.Groutage
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