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President Bush encouraged the 10,000 supporters at the Pensacola Civic Center Monday afternoon to vote for Charlie Crist, Bill McCollum, Tom Lee and Charlie Bronson (all of them noticeably absent) and then referred to Katherine Harris once, though he never looked her way.

Bush called Crist “experienced and compassionate” and then mentioned Harris in passing, saying “while you’re in there voting for Charlie, vote for Katherine Harris for the United States Senate.”

Just this weekend, Harris insisted she would be sitting on stage alongside Bush at the rally. (Remember this: "They called, invited us to come and said we’d be on stage,” she said.)

Instead, Harris who said she rearranged her entire schedule the day before Election Day, sat in the stands with her husband, Anders Ebbeson, clutching his arm. She briefly addressed the crowd more than an hour before Bush arrived.

Bush was joined on stage by First Lady Laura Bush, brother Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, Bush’s former housing secretary, and U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, who represents the Panhandle. Also on stage were state legislators and Carole Jean Jordan, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

“It’s not a matter of where you sit but where you stand on the issues,’’ Harris campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Marks said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:38am]


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