Arizona governor supports Mitt Romney for president
Controversial governor enacted tough immigration laws, wagged finger at president
Controversial Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for president
during her appearance on TV's "Meet the Press." Brewer said she sees
Romney as the most electable candidate to challenge President Obama this
fall. She says she made her conclusion after meeting with the
candidates and after a debate this week in Arizona.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has become both an icon - and highly notorious for efforts to curb illegal immigration after she led an effort to install one of the nation's toughest immigration laws.
Brewer has become both an icon - and highly notorious for efforts to curb illegal immigration after she led an effort to install one of the nation's toughest immigration laws.
Brewer also drew attention for a recent confrontation with President Obama on an airport tarmac. She was widely photographed waving a finger at the president after greeting him and handing him a handwritten note.
While Brewer described the exchange as being driven by Obama's dissatisfaction with her book, the president later described the exchange as being "not a big deal."
Romney is seen as the leader in Arizona, the winner of which is awarded all of the state's delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer.
Forty-three percent of likely Republican primary voters said they intend to vote for Romney in a NBC News/Marist poll released midweek; he was followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 27 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 16 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 11 percent.
Arizona hosts its primary on Tuesday, along with Michigan. A larger group of states host their primaries or caucuses a week later, on Super Tuesday. Brewer says she expects "Super Tuesday" to end the battle for the nomination, even if Santorum were to continue fighting.
"He might be in it but I think it'll be overwhelmingly decided after Super Tuesday," she said.
The poll also suggested that a Republican candidate who might embrace Arizona's tough laws targeting illegal immigrants would fare better among primary voters. Brewer was highly vocal of the law, which requires police officers to check the citizenship papers of people they stop or arrest if the officer suspects the person may be in this country illegally.
Sixty-seven percent of likely Republican primary voters say they would be more likely to support a candidate who backs that law, while 25 percent said it would have no effect. Six percent of Republicans said a candidate's support for the law would make it less likely to win their vote.
The poll also found that 24 percent of Arizona Republicans said Romney best represents their views on immigration, while 20 percent said Gingrich, and 18 percent said Santorum.
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