Rush Limbaugh interviews Katherine Harris

By WND Staff

In Saturday’s edition, WorldNetDaily will publish a compelling discussion between talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh and Rep.-elect Katherine Harris, R-Fla., the former Florida secretary of state who played such a high-profile role in the 2000 presidential election and the author of “Center of the Storm.”

Harris wrote the book for WND Books to answer her critics and tell her friends about the principles she used to weather the stormiest moment of her life. “Center of the Storm” was the first title published by the WND imprint, a partnership of WorldNetDaily and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

On Nov. 5, Harris was elected to represent the Sarasota, Fla., area in the U.S. Congress.

The current issue of “The Limbaugh Letter” features a 4,500-word question-and-answer interview with her, which will be reprinted in full in Saturday’s WorldNetDaily.

After discussing some of the issues involving the 2000 presidential race in Florida, Limbaugh turns to Harris’ book.

Rush: Let’s get to “Center of the Storm,” your new book, because it’s a huge success. You lay out 12 principles of leadership. The interesting thing I notice is that almost all of these principles are framed by you in basically moral terms. Like, “Know what you believe”; “Do what’s right”; “Remember your raising.” Do you see leadership as always having a moral component?

Harris: Well, I think that if you don’t know what you believe, if you don’t have a foundation, then you’re just going to be whimsical in your decisions. You’re not going to have any kind of consistency. I think you have to know what you believe, I think you have to be able to communicate what you believe, and most importantly, I learned in the recount, you have to be able to act on those beliefs.

Rush: And understand why you have them.

Harris: Yes, you have to know why. Ideas have consequences. Sometimes in this politically correct era we’re living in, people forget that. They want to say, “Oh, it’s your environment,” and that kind of thing. Well, ideas have changed the world. But in this 24-hour news cycle, when there’s such confusion and so many details reported that are categorically incorrect, we have to be very careful and very discerning.

Later in the interview, Limbaugh lauds Harris for enduring trials with grace.

Rush: For those of us on the right side of the center line, we’re constantly attacked just because of what we believe. Everybody wants to get along with their neighbors, and nobody wants the press hating them, so I’ve seen a lot of Republicans in Washington moderate their views, just to avoid being criticized. But you stuck to your guns throughout that whole ordeal, despite what happened on “Saturday Night Live.” Here a bunch of liberals, who say you should never, ever comment on a woman’s appearance, making total fun of yours, without any basis for it in fact. I mean, making fun of your looks is akin to making fun of Raquel Welch’s, if you ask me. I think people like you, who stick to your guns during that kind of intense personally directed pressure, need to be recognized and honored. And I’ve noticed in the aftermath, you smile, you laugh, you seem to have come out of this without bitterness. I would love to know how you did it, with all those vitriolic attacks that you endured.

As she talks with Limbaugh, Harris clearly takes claim at those in politics who ascribe to an “ends justifies the means” philosophy.

Harris: I love Teddy Roosevelt. He said, “The credit belongs to the one in the arena.” James Garfield said, yes, it belongs to the one in the arena, but the wreath belongs to the ones who contend aright. You see, I don’t think practice makes perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. We have to be in the arena, but part of being in the arena is the process. It’s not the end result. Some liberals say that the end justifies the means, but the process has to have integrity – otherwise the results mean nothing. How can you say you win? That’s an empty victory.

Don’t miss the entire interview this Saturday in WorldNetDaily.

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