Miss America 2003 Erika Harold speaks at the Republican National Convention in 2004.
John Fund at NRO:
When I first met her at the Republican National Convention in 2004, just after she had given a formal speech to delegates, Erika Harold was already someone you knew was going places. She openly told me she planned to run for high national office some day, and made it clear what platform she would run on. “I’m a conservative who believes in the free market, is pro-life and pro–Second Amendment,” she told me back then. “I also am not afraid to put my point of view forward.”
Indeed, when she became Miss America, she had a fight with pageant officials because she wanted to add sexual abstinence along with youth violence and anti-bullying to the portfolio of issues she would promote during her year-long reign. She refused to bow to pressure, and after two days of discussions with officials, she won them over. She estimates she spent 20 percent of her time discussing sexual abstinence with young people. “If I had become silent on this issue once I became Miss America, it would cause young people to whom I had already spoken to question where I stood on these issues and to question whether or not I still maintained my commitment,” she told reporters at the time.
Think ahead to January, 2013: Can’t you just visualize this classy lady rolling into to Washington, D.C., with Mia Love and confronting the Congressional Black Caucus?
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