I love this idea that someone can be so confident in their beliefs, but having an open mind about politics is something I find important and essential to finding out what you’re passionate about.
Rev. Harris's statement implies that Hagan bases her beliefs on whatever is most popular each day. It seems possible that Rev. Harris is playing off the morality associated with his status as a reverend in order to appeal to the Republican party. By this quote, he attempts to generate a sense of fundamental and unshakable morality to contribute to his possible campaign.
Rev. Mark Harris is expressing how strongly he stands by his beliefs and his opinions. In today's news-filled world paired with an ever changing media presence, it is hard sometimes to not believe the first thing you read and move on. Rev. Harris is sticking to his beliefs and is refusing to let the media alter his perspective on things. He is specifically referring to the GOP's targeting of Kay Hagan and how quickly they want someone else to win her seat. Harris believes he can and should run regardless of what the media says about Hagan, himself, or anyone for that matter.
Reverend Harris' idea reflect my view on many issues. I am not a stubborn person and I am open to learning more about the issues and making sure I am making an informed decision, but when it comes down to it, I make my decision based on my moral and ethical values, not based on what the Huffington Post tells me is wrong. It is not the job of the news media to tell the public what to believe, only that "this is an issue that you should think about." And no matter how convincing an argument is made in a news story, I am still going to side with my upbringing and the values that my parents taught me to be right than a few news reports.
While I like that he is trying to not go by what the polls are saying, you really expect to run an efficient campaign by going by this mindset. You have to market yourself and your platform based on what people think of you, whether you like it or not. So while he doesn't have to take the polls to heart, it would be good to assess what people aren't feeling about him use it to his advantage on improving.
While it's admirable to have set moral foundations, particularly in our culture, I find it unrealistic and, frankly, unsupported by psychological evidence that one should never reconsider their positions when faced with outside influence/information.
Morals and ethics are not as clean-cut or dry as people seem to believe, and they can depend greatly on a given situation, a given timeframe, even a given era. I believe that if people are not willing to question their own morals or ethics based on new information presented, then they have no business making decisions that affect everyone.
I think Rev. Harris' steadfastness in his beliefs will help him have a strong campaign. Rather than changing his view points according to the media, he keeps his opinions regardless of what might be circulating. This quote is a sly jab at Hagan's beliefs, insinuating that she is not set in her beliefs like he is - giving him an argument in the election.