Brewer keeps Arizona primary as is
September 12th, 2011
08:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Brewer keeps Arizona primary as is

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Jan Brewer toed the party line Monday, signing a proclamation that set Arizona's primary date for February 28, according to a statement from her office.

Brewer had threatened to move the state's primary up to January 31 in an effort to give Arizona greater influence in the GOP presidential nominating calendar.

But that move would have directly violated Republican National Committee rules that forbid any state other than Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina from holding a primary or caucus before March 6 and set off a chain reaction forcing those states to move their primaries up.

Brewer announced in early September that Arizona may be a staging ground for an officially sanctioned primary debate and hinted she wouldn't hold the primary in January, but left the possibility of moving the date up from its originally scheduled date in late February.

RNC spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed, "The debate committee tentatively sanctioned a debate pending a formal proposal from Arizona that meets the guidelines of the debate committee and receives their approval."

And though Brewer skipped the deadline to claim January 31st as her date of choice, the proclamation makes her decision for Arizona's primary to stay put official–while still shaking up the calendar and defying RNC rules. South Carolina's primary is scheduled for February 28 as well, and officials have indicated they will move it to January if Arizona's is held on that day.


Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Jan Brewer
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gary Sutherland

    WOLF, So far you have allowed your panel to call the President of the United States a thief and a liar. Is this acceptable to you? You are the moderator.

    September 12, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. pursta

    if the private sector should be the only one to create jobs and promote economic growth, what has the sector been doing all these years the jobs are vanishing?

    September 12, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Adele Federman,

    Social Security is in trouble, yes, BUT,

    September 12, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. Adele Federman,

    Social Security is in trouble, yes, BUT, everyone seems to have forgotten that the government owes it over a trillion dollars. When will we get it so that there will be no problem & it will survive for hundreds of years with no increase in age availabilty & no increase in cost?

    September 12, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. bailey

    Why are our troops still in Korea? Why are we still paying the Koreans to protect them not to mention our troops boosting there economy with there paychecks? Why are there bars"two drinks"is what are troops are allowed, and this is a "War" zone on our FOBS in Afghanistan, and we are spending billions of dollars to have them there, and the American people are loosing there homes, jobs, and kids are not eating half the time because of thiis"war" and they can sit there and drink.

    September 12, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. RonRant

    Paul is actually the only one who if FULLY on the right track, but facing the real truth isn't something the public is wanting to do. Less Gov means more individual responsibility. We need to give up this Gov entitlement thinking and entitle our selves.

    September 12, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. david

    Debate-scary

    September 12, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. joseph Presley

    How would you reform the EPA?

    September 12, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. charles

    Would you continue the tax loophole process whereas Anyone making $34,500 in wages is now taxed at higher rate than US billionaires on their capital gains

    September 12, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. charles

    PLEASE Explain why 10 years of Bush tax cuts have not created Republican's Trickle down JOBS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS??????

    September 12, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. James

    The Republican Party and the TEA Party wants to take away everything that the government has and is the first to request support from the government when disasters happens. (Floods, Earthquakes, natural disasters, etc...)

    September 12, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. charles

    Why are you pushing FreeTrade before securing American Jobs? Free trade can put some of our workers at a disadvantage. Free Trade = outsource work overseas????

    September 12, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. charles

    Obamacare – The republicans plan to opt out – What are your realistic, realistic, plans for those people/famalies without affordable medical coverage? Without coverage due to job change, without covearage due to illness, without coverage due to unemployment???? who pays for medical coverage for the poor?

    September 12, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Bush told us the tax cuts would help our economy by trickling down the wealth and creating jobs – and we know what happened
    why should we repeat the same mistake?

    September 12, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. aaron abeldt

    from Hope Kansas what are you going to do to feed the world when a young farmer and rancher cant aford to start farming do any of you have any ideas on how you can help a young farmer and rancher continue a family farming operation or want to start a operation on his or her own

    September 12, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Squigman

    It's doubtful, but possible that the people of Arizona, will vote democrat someday. But like most backward states, where I.Q. is often dwarf't by shoe size it's doubtful. It wasn't that long ago the red menace from the Kremlin, was out to get us all. Now red states are looked upon as true patriots. Makes a person want to scratch their head, and wonder where it all got turned upside down.

    September 12, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    A decision that wasn't stupid. This is a surprise to me.

    September 12, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |