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Taxes, taxes and more taxes



Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris managed to garner some attention about one of her favorite issues this morning -- taxes -- at a news conference in front of the IRS building in downtown Washington D.C.

Harris said she was embarking on a "targeted effort" to highlight opponent Democrat Bill Nelson's 34 years in office which includes votes to raise taxes -- Social Security, marriage and death - while she supports lowering taxes and instituting the Fair Tax.

"Close you eyes,'' she said. "What can you recall that Bill Nelson has actually accomplished in 34 years - nothing substantial for Floridians."

About 10 reporters showed up for her brief conference in which Harris read directly from a script that was partly drowned out by the buses passing by. There were suprisingly few questions and Harris was quick to make her exit in a waiting car.

"Florida needs a gutsy fighter, not an empty suit," she concluded. "I know this is going to an uphill battle - any time you run against the incumbent it's tough."

UPDATE: Here's a response from Nelson campaign spokesman Bryan Gulley.

"Bill Nelson is a fiscal conservative who has voted for tax cuts some 80 times. In fact, he led the effort to save Floridians $730 million a year for the last two years by allowing them to deduct state sales taxes on their federal tax returns. These false and negative attacks by Katherine Harris are intended to deflect attention from her own very serious troubles and the FBI probe into her relationship with a bribe-paying defense contractor and corrupt congressmen."   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:48pm]


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