Harris: Did I say Christians? I meant Christians and Jews

The candidate's campaign backtracks from her warning about non-Christian candidates.

Published August 28, 2006 5:27PM (EDT)

As we noted last week, Katherine Harris responded to questions from a Baptist publication in Florida by declaring: "If you are not electing Christians, tried and true, under public scrutiny and pressure, if you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin."

What she meant, of course, was "I support Israel."

As Raw Story reports, the Harris campaign is backtracking from the candidate's must-elect-Christians mantra by suggesting that she didn't mean to exclude Jewish candidates. "In the interview, Harris was speaking to a Christian audience, addressing a common misperception that people of faith should not be actively involved in government," the campaign says in a statement. "Addressing this Christian publication, Harris provided a statement that explains her deep grounding in Judeo-Christian values."

The statement then offers up a few words of support from Harris' current campaign manager -- he's a grandson of Holocaust survivors -- and a list of "pro-Israel" legislation Harris has supported. No word yet on whether Harris believes Hindus, Buddhists or Muslims should be disqualified from voters' consideration -- or whether clarifications such as the one the Harris campaign just issued are limited to religions that happen to have large voting blocs in the Sunshine State.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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