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Harris talks immigration in Tampa



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris was in Tampa today to continue what she calls a targeted effort to highlight the damaging effect of Democrat Bill Nelson's 34 years in public office.

The press conference, called for 9:34 a.m., was outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. Harris described it as a symbol of the differences between her and Nelson on immigration issues

Every week, over 2,000 illegal immigrants enter our nation, Harris said to the gathered throng of reporters. Yet Bill Nelson has chosen to promote amnesty for illegal aliens and offer them greater benefits than you and I enjoy.

Harris went on to describe the reforms she has supported, including electronic surveillance and fencing the southern borders. She promised to criss-cross the state over the next 35 days to continue drawing distinctions between her voting record and Nelson's, but acknowledged she has an uphill battle ahead of her.

"It always is running against the incumbent," Harris said.

Bryan Gulley, Nelson's campaign spokesman, responded: “Nothing Katherine Harris says has any credibility. Time and time again she’s been caught telling untruths. She conjures up these untruths to deflect attention from the FBI probe into her own miserable record and from the FBI probe into her dealings with Mitchell Wade, Duke Cunningham, Tom Delay and Bob Ney.”

--Carrie Weimar

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:49pm]


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