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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!"

Developing...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2004; electionussenate; katherineharris
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To: JohnnyZ
She has a 29% positive approval rating, 27% negative. The usual standard for a healthy approval rating is 2:1 positive.

What relevance is this when you don't know who she'll be running against? Hillary had worse approval numbers than Lazio and still whipped his butt - and there we knew who both candidates were.

201 posted on 01/08/2004 2:26:40 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: MindBender26
The Prez needs more votes than the Republicans

I don't understand why you say this, didn't he pick up all the illegal immigrant votes yesterday?

202 posted on 01/08/2004 2:31:19 PM PST by itsahoot (We are a people, and not a polyglot boarding house. Theodore Roosevelt - "The Square Deal")
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To: sanatanDharmi
those same people hate him (gw bush) also. Actually they hate her for sticking with W in 2000 election. So by your logic bush need not campain in FL for presidential election.. its.. lost cause ..

I have no idea what your logic is, if any.

My logic does not equate Bush with Harris.

Harris is well known but only 29% of people view her favorably, 27 negatively, the rest neutral or don't know.

Bush is universally known and in November, before the Thanksgiving trip and Saddam, he had a 53-30 favorable ratio. http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/7343228.htm

Bush is in a whole nuther popularity league from Harris.

203 posted on 01/08/2004 2:37:01 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: Always Right
Hillary had much higher unfavorability numbers and still won.

Source?

In any case, if Harris were running in Texas (the GOP equiv of NY) it would not be a problem, but Florida ain't Texas.

Harris can win and at this point is has the best polling numbers of all the GOP candidates.

No she doesn't. She loses to Castor by 5 points. McCollum loses by 1, Martinez by 2. She has the worst favorability ratings (aside from Byrd), and leads the primary ballot mostly based on name rec.

204 posted on 01/08/2004 2:39:56 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: ClintonBeGone
That quote is a sweeping generalization that has no statistical validity. You can't compare her district to any others. They are each unique. But you can compare how candidates did in the SAME district.

I have previously pointed out that 2000 was a subpar GOP year, 2002 was a great one in Florida. So everyone did better. Most people (Jeb, MDB, Feeney) did a lot (7-10 points) better than GWBush did in 2000. Harris did only 1 point better.

205 posted on 01/08/2004 2:43:54 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Are you giving up hope on Sununu so soon?
206 posted on 01/08/2004 2:59:58 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: JohnnyZ
Florida's legislature is better than 2-1 Republican. Texas can't even claim that.
207 posted on 01/08/2004 3:00:49 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: MindBender26
But Rove's fronting Mel Martinez for the Senate is race-based politics pure and simple

It is far beyond that. Here in Florida, you need to run 5 races

Tancredo carried his race with 70% of the vote, and yet Rove wants to run someone against him. Go figure seeing how he has an (R) by his name and all.

208 posted on 01/08/2004 3:02:38 PM PST by itsahoot (We are a people, and not a polyglot boarding house. Theodore Roosevelt - "The Square Deal")
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To: sanatanDharmi
Katherine will have my vote whatever she decides.
209 posted on 01/08/2004 3:03:41 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: JulieRNR21
That would be sweet indeed. I remarked to KH at the victory party in 2002....the Dems aided & abetted by the liberal media tried to destroy you in 2000....now we (meaning her Sarasota supporters) are sending you to Congress!

Her eyes filled with tears & see gave me a hug!


That's a great story. I'm glad to have people like you working for our cause... a lot of Harris naysayers could take a lesson from you.
210 posted on 01/08/2004 3:04:05 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Sloth
She's pretty, but she could firm up her bod a tad.

DOH!

211 posted on 01/08/2004 3:05:19 PM PST by ArneFufkin
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To: itsahoot
>>>Strange, before Bush was elected that number was 50, or 50+VP.

Strange?! Nothing strange about wanting 60 votes to overcome any future Demlib filibusters. Now is there?

212 posted on 01/08/2004 3:09:28 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: JohnnyZ
I have previously pointed out that 2000 was a subpar GOP year, 2002 was a great one in Florida. So everyone did better. Most people (Jeb, MDB, Feeney) did a lot (7-10 points) better than GWBush did in 2000. Harris did only 1 point better.

First, the stats you cite only matter if you break them down in her congressional district. Second, you said it yourself, SHE DID BETTER THAN BUSH. If even at her worst (the first time the florida votes had a chance to take out their hate on her after the 2000 election) she STILL did better than GWB, then what possible reason is there for saying she shouldn't run because she would hurt him?

213 posted on 01/08/2004 3:10:57 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: HostileTerritory
Florida's legislature is better than 2-1 Republican. Texas can't even claim that.

You know as well as I that that's an entirely different story than senate preference. Get a grip!

214 posted on 01/08/2004 3:11:47 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: JohnnyZ
Katharine Harris is a Florida Republican, not a Texas Republican.
215 posted on 01/08/2004 3:14:05 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: JohnnyZ; sanatanDharmi
Trying to get a winning candidate is disgusting?

She is a winning candidate. How many elections has Mel Martinez won? I'll give you a clue - the answer starts with ZERO.

216 posted on 01/08/2004 3:15:03 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: HostileTerritory
Katharine Harris is a Florida Republican, not a Texas Republican.

Precisely my point -- she can't be unpopular and still have 10 points of leeway to play around with, like she would in Florida, or like Hillary had in New York.

217 posted on 01/08/2004 3:17:39 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: HostileTerritory
Excuse me:

Precisely my point -- she can't be unpopular and still have 10 points of leeway to play around with, like she would in TEXAS, or like Hillary had in New York.

218 posted on 01/08/2004 3:18:35 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: itsahoot
Tancredo carried his race with 70% of the vote, and yet Rove wants to run someone against him. Go figure seeing how he has an (R) by his name and all.

Yeah, but Tancredo is an absolute nut. It cracks me up when the media pushes him out as the 'conservative' in response to Bush's immigration reform. We'll worry about outting ol Tom in 2006.

219 posted on 01/08/2004 3:18:43 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone

Katherine Harris Ran 6-9 Points Behind Comparable Republicans in Comparable Districts in 2002.


220 posted on 01/08/2004 3:21:45 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: Reagan Man
Strange?! Nothing strange about wanting 60 votes to overcome any future Demlib filibusters. Now is there?

I will venture to say that if the Dem's controlled 51 votes the 60 vote nonsense would be history, one way or the other. The dem's rule with an Iron Fist. The repubs, haven't learned how to be a majority party yet, and i am beginning to think they never will.

221 posted on 01/08/2004 3:25:27 PM PST by itsahoot (We are a people, and not a polyglot boarding house. Theodore Roosevelt - "The Square Deal")
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To: ClintonBeGone
Vote in Congressional District 13, Manatee & Sarasota counties, 2002

Katherine Harris for USRep 54.5%
Jeb Bush for Governor 59.9%

So she ran 5.5 points behind the Governor in her district, consistent with her trailing freshman reps in other open seat districts. Heck, if she'd run in a year like 2000, she might have even lost that district!!! But she got a very good year to run in, and managed to not blow it, which I guess counts for something.

222 posted on 01/08/2004 3:34:08 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: ClintonBeGone
>>>... Tancredo is an absolute nut.

Hardly. The ACU rates Tom Tancredo a "99" on their conservative scale. Besides, PresBush`s immigration proposal is all about granting illegals a pardon and rewarding them with amnesty. Only an idiot would back Bush on this one.

Rep Tancredo is right and the vast majority of American's agree with him.

223 posted on 01/08/2004 3:34:32 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Reagan Man
PresBush`s immigration proposal is all about granting illegals a pardon and rewarding them with amnesty.

Actually that's what Reagan did, Reagan Man. Bush's plan is NOT amnesty, no matter how many times you repeat it. But that's an argument for a different thread.

224 posted on 01/08/2004 3:36:48 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: JohnnyZ
So she ran 5.5 points behind the Governor in her district, consistent with her trailing freshman reps in other open seat districts. Heck, if she'd run in a year like 2000, she might have even lost that district!!! But she got a very good year to run in, and managed to not blow it, which I guess counts for something.

Why don't you post the numbers for GWB because that's what we've all be discussing. And post it for the whole district. I believe there are parts of at least one more county in there.

225 posted on 01/08/2004 3:42:24 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: JohnnyZ
>>>Actually that's what Reagan did...

No s**t sherlock. LOL

This initiative by PresBush is basically a repeat of the same bad policy decision made by PresReagan in 1986. It was called amnesty in 1986 and its still amnesty today. That legislation was suppose to solve the illegal immigration problem. It didn't. What PresBush proposed yesterday, won't solve the illegal immigration problem either. Bottom line. Without stricter border enforcement efforts, the problem of illegal immigration will only be perpetuated. We've got to shut the door closed, before we can effectively clean up the immigration mess with coherent legislation that has real teeth. There should be no reward offered for breaking the law. Illegals should be prosecuted, then deported or imprisoned.

226 posted on 01/08/2004 3:43:40 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Reagan Man; Luis Gonzalez
Besides, PresBush`s immigration proposal is all about granting illegals a pardon and rewarding them with amnesty. Only an idiot would back Bush on this one.

Were the cockles of your heart warmed when Elian Gonzalez was snatched and sent back to Castro's Cuba?

227 posted on 01/08/2004 3:46:53 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone
>>>Were the cockles of your heart warmed when Elian Gonzalez was snatched and sent back to Castro's Cuba?

No and Luis Gonzalez knows it too.

Different circumstances.

228 posted on 01/08/2004 3:50:05 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Reagan Man
No and Luis Gonzalez knows it too. Different circumstances

You sound a bit defensive. Knowing your answer, will they let you keep your membership in F.A.I.R.?

229 posted on 01/08/2004 3:52:07 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone
I'm not defensive. Just telling it like it is. I'm not a member of FAIR.

I don't support amnesty, open borders and giving government handouts to illegal aliens. Period.

230 posted on 01/08/2004 3:55:04 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Reagan Man; Luis Gonzalez
Different circumstances.

Oh, and how exactly was it different?

231 posted on 01/08/2004 3:55:21 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I prognosticated it right after he won the nomination in September 2002.

Yeah, but you're from NH...what do you expect! :)

232 posted on 01/08/2004 4:00:08 PM PST by NewLand ("Hi, I'm Wes Clark...and I do anything SHE tells me to do!")
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To: ClintonBeGone
Why don't you post the numbers for GWB because that's what we've all be discussing.

GWB did not run in 2002. He ran in a much worse GOP year, 2000. If GWB had run in 2002, he would have won the state easily.

Let me use small words for you: do you remember 1994? When many Republicans won? They did better than they would have in a normal year. Similar to 2002. Harris had a very good GOP year to run in, where Republicans were doing 5-10 points better than they were expected to do. But Harris only did 1 point better. Why? Maybe because

HER CAMPAIGN SUCKED AND SHE'S NOT POPULAR

But that's just a theory.

The rest of the district is about 9% of the total. Go ahead and add it up if you've got the time. FL DOS website.

Forgive me if I don't waste any more time trying to squeeze water out of that rock you call a head, but I've had it.

233 posted on 01/08/2004 4:00:39 PM PST by JohnnyZ (Abolish the food tax)
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To: JohnnyZ
Forgive me if I don't waste any more time trying to squeeze water out of that rock you call a head, but I've had it.

Ok. Go back to your boss at the Betty Caster campaign and tell her you need a more complete education on elections before she sends you again to do battle with adults.

234 posted on 01/08/2004 4:03:05 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: ClintonBeGone
>>>Oh, and how exactly was it different?

LOL Figure it out for yourself wiseguy. Only an idiot would have trouble seeing the special circumstances involving Elian Gonzalez. That's as far as I'll take your bait. You Libertarians are real big on amnesty and open borders. I understand. Conservatives are not.

235 posted on 01/08/2004 4:05:23 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Havoc
"Hillary should be on a leash next to the horse."

Hillary IS the horse.

236 posted on 01/08/2004 4:06:52 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Reagan Man
LOL Figure it out for yourself wiseguy. Only an idiot would have trouble seeing the special circumstances involving Elian Gonzalez. That's as far as I'll take your bait.

Oh, come on, trust me? All you have to lose is face, or what's still left of it. :)

237 posted on 01/08/2004 4:08:13 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Hey Luis! How come Reagan Man won't answer my question about Elian?
238 posted on 01/08/2004 4:13:56 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: Reagan Man
"Besides, PresBush`s immigration proposal is all about granting illegals a pardon and rewarding them with amnesty. Only an idiot would back Bush on this one."

So, you're calling this man an idiot?


239 posted on 01/08/2004 4:21:42 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: ClintonBeGone
He's still doing a "doh!" slap in the head over calling Ronald Reagan an idiot.
240 posted on 01/08/2004 4:22:30 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: ClintonBeGone
"Oh, and how exactly was it different?"

You don't know?

241 posted on 01/08/2004 4:24:04 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Reagan regretted the 1986 amnesty legislation he signed into law. Bad policy. Bad decision. As time passed we all knew it wasn't working. It makes no sense at all, to repeat the same mistake again. Wouldn't you agree, Luis, or do you support amnesty and open borders too?
242 posted on 01/08/2004 4:31:20 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
>>>He's still doing a "doh!" slap in the head over calling Ronald Reagan an idiot.

LOL You should know better Luis. Since you do support PresBush`s amnesty proposal... well, if the shoe fits.

243 posted on 01/08/2004 4:36:48 PM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: HostileTerritory
Hope for what?
244 posted on 01/08/2004 4:38:02 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative ("Howard Dean is incontrovertible proof that God is on Bush's side in the 2004 election"- Dick Morris)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
He's still doing a "doh!" slap in the head over calling Ronald Reagan an idiot.

LOL he's over in the corner like a dog licking his butt. :)

245 posted on 01/08/2004 4:40:45 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: Luis Gonzalez
You don't know?

No, I was waiting to hear the rational and logical explaination from RM.

246 posted on 01/08/2004 4:41:48 PM PST by ClintonBeGone
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To: Reagan Man
There is no amnesty, but yours is a textbook example of the propaganda techniques used by most leftists...a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.

An Amnesty would not have a limit on the length of time these people would be allowed to remain here, but don't let the facts get in the way of your hysteria.

By the way, Reagan granted illegal aliens living in the U.S. an unconditional amnesty, are you saying that Reagan was an idiot?
248 posted on 01/08/2004 4:53:36 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: cooperjones
"Just do the right thing, Mr. Prez, and let the chips fall where they may."

The right thing according to who?

I believe that he is doing the right thing.

249 posted on 01/08/2004 4:54:32 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Sloth
Milk does a body good.
250 posted on 01/08/2004 4:55:09 PM PST by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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