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Katherine Harris Planning US Senate Run
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Posted on 01/08/2004 8:42:04 AM PST by Bush Cheney

Edited on 01/08/2004 11:40:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Watch your makeup compact, Hillary, Florida's Katherine Harris may have her eyes on the United States Senate, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

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Against the apparent wishes of senior Bush strategists, Harris has decided in her heart and mind that she will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, sources close to Harris tell DRUDGE.

"She wants it, wants it badly!" a top source said Thursday. "She'll make her decision public within the next week."

The source, who has daily contact with Harris, cautions the congresswoman still could hold back and not make the run, in deference to the president and his brother's wishes.

Sarasota County's GOP chairman, Tramm Hudson, said he spoke to Harris Tuesday night and that she seemed ready to run, according to reports. Harris continues to be one of the party's top fund-raisers.

Elsewhere, Texas Senator Kay Hutchison has reportedly advised her republican counterpart to "Go for it!"

If elected Harris would join a select group of women ever to serve in the United States Senate.

MORE Harris advisers dispel any notion that bad blood still runs in Florida over Harris's role in the 2000 election drama.

"Look, Governor Bush handily won re-election last year, after 2000, and the state's voters did not punish him," notes one top Harris strategist who asked not to be named.

"And they will not punish Katherine. The senate campaign will be on the issues, and electing the best person to represent Florida in the senate!"

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To: KQQL
Those numbers are two months old, before Mel was even talking about running. besides

Is all moot. KH is not running. Story is bogus!


101 posted on 01/08/2004 10:37:00 AM PST by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, stay tuned to your local FReeper Network station)
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To: deport
From yesterday evening.........

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris of Florida to announce Senate election plans next week

Wednesday, January 7, 2004

(01-07) 16:43 PST TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris has decided whether she will run for retiring Sen. Bob Graham's seat and plans to reveal her plans next week, associates said Wednesday.

Harris did not return calls for comment, but supporters said she is leaning toward entering the race.

She would become the instant front-runner in a crowded field of Republicans while also stirring up memories of the 2000 presidential election recount. As secretary of state, Harris oversaw the disputed count that gave George W. Bush a crucial 537-vote victory in Florida.

A spokesman for Harris said she was still considering the race and an announcement might come next week. But others close to her said she has already made up her mind.

"She knows what she's going to do," said Margaret Wise, a friend and campaign finance chairwoman.

Sarasota County's GOP chairman, Tramm Hudson, said he spoke to Harris Tuesday night and that she seemed ready to run.

Graham, a Democrat, announced his retirement in November. Several Democrats have expressed interested in the seat.


103 posted on 01/08/2004 10:39:23 AM PST by deport (..... DONATE TO FREEREPUBLIC......)
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To: Republican Wildcat
I disagree. The Democratic leadership wanting to defeat Governor Bush to humiliate his big brother isn't the same as it being political consensus that Bush was going down to defeat.

Terry McAuliffe (Oct 25, 2002): "Jeb is gone!". Believe me they thought Jeb was toast.

104 posted on 01/08/2004 10:39:25 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Bush Cheney
Until I hear it directly from K. Harris herself, I don't believe Drudge in the least. She's been on Hannity many times and has said many times that she will not run for the Senate in the next election. Unlike the lying Clintons, I believe Ms. Harris when she says she won't run.
105 posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:11 AM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: MindBender26
I don't see how Harris does nuch worse. She's definitely able to win three of the five (she loses the Condo Commandos the way Martinez would, and also the South Florida). Three out of five is also possible to win, unless she is blown out big-time in the South Florida AND the Condo Commandos.
106 posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:45 AM PST by hchutch (Why did the Nazgul run from Arwen's flash flood? All they managed to do was to end up dying tired.)
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To: cooperjones
I think so too. She's in very good shape and unless she has a twin sister, that's her face.
107 posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:48 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: cooperjones
When that picture first came out, there was tremendous controversy over that and I thought the final concensus was that it wasn't her. Something about Katherine not being as, um, curvey, as that person.
108 posted on 01/08/2004 10:41:56 AM PST by krb (the statement on the other side of this tagline is false)
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To: Republican Wildcat
In the political sense, she's the equivalent of Hillary on the right as far as being polarizing

Not really, Katherine has a higher positive rating than negative rating. Actually at 27%, her negatives aren't all that high. Katherine Harris is only gonna motivate the hard-left, who hate Bush so much they are gonna vote anyways.

109 posted on 01/08/2004 10:44:40 AM PST by Always Right
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To: MindBender26
Is all moot. KH is not running. Story is bogus!

Which orifice did you pull this factoid out of....

110 posted on 01/08/2004 10:47:16 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Really? Is that statewide? Where are you getting these numbers?
111 posted on 01/08/2004 10:48:17 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Always Right
You and your comments are offensive to the audlts here. Check my earlier posts.

Deal with facts.

113 posted on 01/08/2004 10:50:06 AM PST by MindBender26 (For more news as it happens, stay tuned to your local FReeper Network station)
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To: MindBender26
Sorry, but that is not a statistic you use to predict a statewide race. In Realpolitic, one of the first things you look at is their Q rating. That is the percentage of people who know them who like them, minus two and a half times the number of people who know them and dislike them. Katherine does very poorly here STATEWIDE. Another viable test is the Dollar Driver Scale. You get a percentage of voters who would GIVE MONEY to see her elected, vs those who would GIVE MONEY to see her opponent elected. (You are not actually looking for money here, just the depth of commitment.) Again, she fairs very poorly in this STATEWIDE. Finally, you poll voters and ask if they are in favor/opposed to her "slightly or an average amount or a huge amount?" Again, she does poorly here, with those who oppose her doing so with great vigor.

You sound like a radio advertising salesman. In real life you use voter history, not polls to suggest how voters will vote in the future. It is very much an accepted statistic in elections to compare how different candidates have done in the same districts and then factor for things that are not equal. In her case, she did better than Bush in her own congressional district AFTER becoming this terrible lightening rod you claim she is. In that case, the adjustments work in her favor and it's more than likely she'll help, not hurt him.

114 posted on 01/08/2004 10:50:14 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: MindBender26
You maybe correct but there are several hints she may be fixing to enter the race..... Why go to DC to tell the White House she isn't running......
Published Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Harris Decides, but Won't Say Yet


reissc@nytimes.com

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Katherine Harris travels to Washington today to meet with White House officials and other political leaders over the next two days to tell them whether she will run for a Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat.

The Sarasota Republican said Tuesday she has made her decision but feels obliged to inform others privately before announcing it, which she said she will do next week. Harris also said she would meet with political consultants while in Washington.

"I have my heart and mind set and am very much looking forward to making a decision public and focusing on that, because I think it's the right decision, and I'm excited about it," Harris said in a telephone interview from Florida.
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115 posted on 01/08/2004 10:50:28 AM PST by deport (..... DONATE TO FREEREPUBLIC......)
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To: Always Right
the party chairman wouldn't have exactly made comments saying the Republicans were going to have a victory. He also said the Democrats were going to pick up a Senate seat in Texas.
116 posted on 01/08/2004 10:51:27 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Always Right; MindBender26
Which orifice did you pull this factoid out of....

He's got a serious case of ESP. :)

117 posted on 01/08/2004 10:51:29 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: Reagan Man
Whoever it turns out to be, the GOP must make every effort to take this Senate seat from the Demlibs. The magic number is 60!

I agree, we need the 60 seats....at least.

118 posted on 01/08/2004 10:51:35 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: deport; MindBender26; Always Right
Why go to DC to tell the White House she isn't running......

Lets use this as a test of Mindbender's credibility. Bookmark and save for a week.

119 posted on 01/08/2004 10:52:52 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: hchutch
unless she is blown out big-time in the South Florida AND the Condo Commandos For her good looks alone they would rally against her and then they get everyone in the nursing homes, that's why they had all the "wrong votes"last times . They tell the maid to go nursing home and tell Auntie to vote 2, she has no idea who she is voting for. Someone should check the record against all the seniors that have been declared incompetent so their kids control the money.
120 posted on 01/08/2004 10:54:08 AM PST by not-alone
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To: deport
It sounds like she is running...I don't know why she'd be meeting with people privately if she wasn't.

Oh well...let the games begin.
121 posted on 01/08/2004 10:54:20 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat; ClintonBeGone
I dont' know that she is...... but she's in DC for some reason.... here's a couple more para. from the article....


124 posted on 01/08/2004 11:04:41 AM PST by deport (..... DONATE TO FREEREPUBLIC......)
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To: sanatanDharmi
If Katherine Harris runs, she had better not try to "be nice" and court "moderates." That would be a recipe for disaster, for all the "moderates" there see "red" when they see her. The liberal-moderate base in FL, at least 48 percent, are already committed against Harris. She can woo none of those voters. And the Bush people do not really appreciate what she and Rep. Tom Feeney did for them in the 2000 recount episode.
125 posted on 01/08/2004 11:08:00 AM PST by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
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To: MindBender26
Thanks for your assessment. I'm happy to hear that. I like KH a lot, and respect her for doing her job in a hurricane of Dem attacks. But 2004 is not her year ....
126 posted on 01/08/2004 11:08:49 AM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: Republican Wildcat
He also said the Democrats were going to pick up a Senate seat in Texas.

McAwful said that? ROTFLMAO!!!! I worked on the Cornyn campaign, it was a cake walk. At no point did any polls have us at less than a 10-point lead.
127 posted on 01/08/2004 11:09:29 AM PST by BJClinton (If Howard Dean had his way, Saddam Hussein would be in power today, not in prison)
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To: GraniteStateConservative; All
"We do have Craig Benson in the 2008 pipe line."

As previously prognosticated by NewLand Political Landscape Consulting Services...

Republican Presidential Nominees for 2008 Thread

128 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:08 AM PST by NewLand ("Hi, I'm Wes Clark...and I do anything SHE tells me to do!")
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To: OneTimeLurker
Why is the relevant. She executed the law as she interpreted it. Nothing wrong with that.

Of course there's nothing wrong with that - she stood her ground and followed the law.

That's why the Dims hate her so much. She would be a lightning rod in 04, an added incentive to for the Bring Out Your Dead crowd. Timing is everything...

129 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:12 AM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: krb

I don't know, she looks pretty "curvey" to me.

130 posted on 01/08/2004 11:12:57 AM PST by McGruff (Borders? We don' need no steenkin' borders!)
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To: deport
Interesting. So she might be shrewd enough to negotiate the White House's support in her 2006 race (during Bush's probable second term) in return for being a good soldier and backing the Pubbie nominee in the 2004 race. Now that would make good sense. Two more years to let the 2000 election furor die down would benefit her greatly.

That'd make more sense than her running right now.

}:-)4
131 posted on 01/08/2004 11:14:33 AM PST by Moose4 ("The road goes on forever, and the party never ends." --Robert Earl Keen)
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To: deport
For example, they say, Harris could be negotiating for political rewards for staying out of the race, such as a committee assignment or help running against Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, in 2006.

That's quite possible, but does it really put Bush in a very good light that she's extorting him so publically? I think the odds are on her running. If I'm wrong I'll send Mindbender some flowers.

132 posted on 01/08/2004 11:16:10 AM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: deport
Harris could be negotiating for political rewards for staying out of the race, such as a committee assignment or help running against Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, in 2006.

I hope she does not run. She is a freshman in Congress, and this looks like she's an opportunist.

I want to have a Republican Senator, not another McCollum. She might be popular in Sarasota, but she's despised in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The statewide election will be decided by the swing voters, and I doubt that swing voters have forgotten her 2000 demonization. The media have not, and they are ready to attack her 24/7.

133 posted on 01/08/2004 11:22:13 AM PST by george wythe
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To: Moose4
Two more years to let the 2000 election furor die down would benefit her greatly.

Plus Bush getting a majority of the popular vote in 2004 would make the 2000 debacle fade away.
135 posted on 01/08/2004 11:38:27 AM PST by BJClinton (If Howard Dean had his way, Saddam Hussein would be in power today, not in prison)
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To: krb
Of course she's that curvey.
136 posted on 01/08/2004 11:38:39 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
I agree...I guess it really is her. Nice looking lady...
137 posted on 01/08/2004 11:46:37 AM PST by krb (the statement on the other side of this tagline is false)
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To: Stone Mountain
Why doesn't the White House want her to run?

Because she's definitely a weaker candidate than Mel Martinez. Because she has poor approval ratings. Because polls show her losing to Betty Castor in the general election. Because her candidacy will take the focus off the Bush campaign agenda and make it impossible for Florida voters to get any Bush message besides "Katherine Harris selected Bush president." Hello, we moved on a long time ago, why give the Democrats and the press a chance to obscure the GOP message?

138 posted on 01/08/2004 11:49:56 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: krb
right--that's why your initial comment puzzled me. There's no need to falsify such a picture when that's exactly what she looks like in face and body.
139 posted on 01/08/2004 11:50:28 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Always Right
Martinez looks like a good conservative, but has never won a state-wide election and has limited experience.

He's been the head of a county government (equivalent to mayor). He's been a Cabinet member. That's plenty qualification.

Katherine Harris is an excellent candidate.

Why? Because she was secretary of state of Florida, counting votes? Because she has high disapproval ratings? Because she's well-known but still trails Betty Castor in the polls? Is she particularly conservative? Not that I've ever heard. Maybe as conservative as Mel Martinez, but at least Mel is strongly pro-life. Why then is Harris an "excellent candidate"????

141 posted on 01/08/2004 11:56:21 AM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: cooperjones
Live in Florida, Coop?
142 posted on 01/08/2004 11:57:40 AM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: McGruff; krb; cooperjones; Dog; MindBender26; Ragtime Cowgirl; windchime; MinuteGal; deport; All
I attend a 'Welcome Home Katherine' Dinner give by Sarasota GOP in early Dec. One of KH's staffer's told me she 'works out' faithfully from 7-8AM daily to maintain her fitness & energy.

Trust me that IS Katherine on that horse. She is not only beautiful on the outside.....she has an inner beauty! I didn't think she could get any better but she has really 'grown' from her House experience. She's a warm natural articulate speaker; a fast thinker who is great in a debate and a very hard working campaigner.

I had a chance to talk to her after the dinner about the possibility of a Senate run. I told her I thought she should wait until 2006 and I was concerned that she would inflames the Dems anger over 2000.

She said that Karl Rove had tracked her down when she was in Iraq to say that the WH polling shows that she wouldn't hurt the President but could actually help him in FL especially if the Dem nominee is Betty Castor.

I believe that in her heart she would really like to go for it but she would not if the WH asked her to wait.
143 posted on 01/08/2004 11:58:51 AM PST by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Funny how the statistics don't back you up one bit.

She has a 29% positive approval rating, 27% negative. The usual standard for a healthy approval rating is 2:1 positive.

29:27 is Not Good. She's very unpopular among Democrats, and only mildly popular among Republicans. I haven't seen #s for independents.

144 posted on 01/08/2004 12:01:52 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: JohnnyZ
Because she's definitely a weaker candidate than Mel Martinez. Because she has poor approval ratings. Because polls show her losing to Betty Castor in the general election.

Can you provide a link to those polls. I ask because KH told me that she was told she would help BUSH if Castor won.

145 posted on 01/08/2004 12:02:03 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: JohnnyZ
Correction 'if Castor won the Dem nomination'.
146 posted on 01/08/2004 12:03:17 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: NonValueAdded
I must also renew my complaint that the Republicans are doing a LOUSY job about developing a pipeline of quality candidates.

I don't know about that. There are several 1st-tier candidates in Florida. Gallagher is set for governor. Brogan opted out of politics. Crist was just elected AG. Feeney just got to Congress. The timing was bad for a few people, that's all. But we still have Mel Martinez, who's an excellent candidate, and Webster or even Byrd would be ok if dead weight McCollum wasn't crowding out their support.

On the national scene, too, there's Frist, Allen, Sanford, Pawlenty, Benson, and maybe a dark horse like Carcieri.

147 posted on 01/08/2004 12:08:31 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: JohnnyZ; Poohbah; section9
Again, though, which candidate will have the best activist base to counter what Dean will bring to bear in Florida?

Castor will arguably BENEFIT from having Dean's activists working for her. They'll be using that, I think, despite the failure in 2002 to make it stick to Jeb.

There is already a push to "re-defeat" Bush by a Democrats.com bigwig. So we're already dealing with angry "aggressive progressives" who will be focused on beating Bush and excited about Howard Dean.

Katherine Harris has the ability to counter that, IMO, which could be a plus.
148 posted on 01/08/2004 12:10:21 PM PST by hchutch (Why did the Nazgul run from Arwen's flash flood? All they managed to do was to end up dying tired.)
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To: JulieRNR21
Insightful comments. Have to say I was stunned the first time I saw Miss Harris interviewed at length on Hannity & Colmes. This was the woman portrayed as a monster by the Dems?!! She absolutely radiates goodness and genuine charm to a degree you just don't see, at least in politics.
149 posted on 01/08/2004 12:13:45 PM PST by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: JulieRNR21
I believe that in her heart she would really like to go for it but she would not if the WH asked her to wait.
So, unstraddle the fence and tell what it's going to be..... LOL. I think she will take into account the WH feelings also.


150 posted on 01/08/2004 12:13:45 PM PST by deport (..... DONATE TO FREEREPUBLIC......)
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