Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katherine Harris brought her campaign to Punta Gorda yesterday, where she received a warm welcome from the local GOP. A barbershop quartet serenaded Katherine Harris who arrived at Gilchrist Park after most the crowd who had gathered to rally republican candidates had left. But those who remained enveloped the candidate with hugs and warm good wishes. Harris said her reception brought a tear to her – and that Charlotte County has always been special too her.
“There’s a lot of attention in campaigns, but this was very special it meant a lot to me, but Charlotte County means a lot to me. Charlotte County is where I began my political career and they embraced me, they taught me they listened to my terrible speeches when I was terrified to stand up in front of people. I love Charlotte County.”
Harris was first elected to the state senate in 1994 – representing a portion of Charlotte County. As for her rival incumbent Bill Nelson, Harris stump speech paints him as one of the most liberal democrats in the United States. Harris rounded out her day with a stop in Ft. Myers. Today she’s back in the stump in Lake Mary where she will talk to the Florida Chapter of Ronald Regan Republicans.
Katherine Harris brought her campaign for the U.S. Senate to Southwest Florida yesterday with stops in Punta Gorda and Ft. Myers. Her stump speech was primarily directed at criticizing her Democratic rival Incumbent Bill Nelson – who Harris painted as one of the Senate’s most liberal members. Harris also criticized the Senate version of the immigration reform bill.
“I don’t support the house bill that makes felons of those that are here illegally.What we can do is provide them with a legal temporary secure identification. And that what’s we need to do – we need to make sure people are who they claim to be.”
Harris said she looks forward to working with Florida Senator Mel Martinez to craft a guest worker program that will assure that crops are harvested in the Sunshine State – but that the border remains secure.
Monday, 25 September 2006 01:00
Katherine Harris in Punta GordaWritten by WGCU Newsroom