Harris: Elect Christians or sin
"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," Harris told the Florida Baptist Witness in an interview last week. "Whenever we legislate sin and we say abortion is permissible and we say gay unions are permissible, then average citizens who are not Christians, because they don’t know better, we are leading them astray and it’s wrong."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is Jewish, told the Orlando Sentinel that Harris' comments were "disgusting."
Harris, who also described the separation of church and state as a "lie," later issued a clarification to Fox News saying that she is pro-Israel and supports Holocaust education.
Harris, famous for her role as Florida secretary of state in stopping the 2000 presidential recount, is likely to take the Republican nomination, but lags substantially behind incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.