After election victory, Arpaio says he wants to meet with Latinos
November 8th, 2012
08:58 AM ET
2 years ago

After election victory, Arpaio says he wants to meet with Latinos

(CNN) – The Arizona sheriff known nationwide for his tough stance on undocumented immigrants says he has a mission now that he's clinched another re-election victory: meeting with Latinos.

"I would hope to get together with the Latino community, if I could ever have them talk to me without screaming and threatening me," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told supporters as election results came in Tuesday night. "So I hope to get together with the community and try to explain what we do, so that's going to be one of my missions coming up."

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Immigration • Joe Arpaio • Latinos
Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation
February 21st, 2012
08:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Arpaio: I briefed Santorum on birth certificate investigation

Phoenix (CNN) – Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, briefed GOP contender Rick Santorum on his investigation into President Barack Obama's birth certificate, the controversial law enforcement official told reporters Tuesday.

After a speech to a Republican gathering in Phoenix where Santorum appeared earlier in the day, Arpaio explained he wanted to inform the candidate of his investigation "as a matter of fairness in case he wouldn't want me to support him."

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Joe Arpaio • Rick Santorum
Tough illegal immigration foe set to endorse Perry
November 28th, 2011
10:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Tough illegal immigration foe set to endorse Perry

Washington (CNN) - An Arizona sheriff who has gained a national reputation for his tough stance against illegal immigrants is set to endorse Texas Governor Rick Perry Tuesday in New Hampshire, Perry's campaign confirmed.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose tactics have caused controversy and spurred civil rights lawsuits, will give his nod to Perry in a Tuesday morning event. Arpaio will also campaign with Perry at several events throughout the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Joe Arpaio • Rick Perry
Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry
November 26th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Sheriff Arpaio to campaign with Perry

Hudson, New Hampshire (CNN) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona will campaign with Rick Perry in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the Texas governor's campaign told CNN on Saturday.

The man famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration has not endorsed a presidential candidate, though he has been courted by the likes of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Perry.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Arpaio • Rick Perry
Republican presidential candidates court controversial Arizona sheriff
November 10th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Republican presidential candidates court controversial Arizona sheriff

Phoenix (CNN) - Republican presidential candidates crisscross the country searching for votes. But some are going out of their way to make a stop for the vote of one person: Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.

"They don't come see me because I'm tall, dark and handsome. They come for my endorsement," Arpaio told CNN.

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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Joe Arpaio
Arizona sheriff meets with GOP White House hopefuls
October 17th, 2011
10:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Arizona sheriff meets with GOP White House hopefuls

(CNN) - With his much sought-after endorsement, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio told CNN he's still considering who he'll back for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

But the Maricopa County sheriff, known for his strict stance on illegal immigration, is set to hold his second meeting with Georgia businessman Herman Cain on Monday.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates next face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, October 18, in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. Submit your questions for the debate here.
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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Herman Cain • Immigration • Joe Arpaio • TV-American Morning
Bachmann to meet Arpaio
September 14th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann to meet Arpaio

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will meet later Wednesday with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The congresswoman from Minnesota is also holding fundraisers while in Arizona. The campaign tells CNN that the issue of illegal immigration is extremely important to Bachmann, as it is for Arpaio, who has been very outspoken on the issue.
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October 23rd, 2010
04:49 PM ET
4 years ago

Who's giving Palin underwear?

(CNN) A last-minute trip to Arizona for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended with an unlikely gift from controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

According to Arpaio's Twitter account, the tough on crime, anti-illegal immigration lightning rod gifted Palin a pair of pink underwear similar to those that inmates at his notorious Phoenix jail are supposedly required to wear.
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Filed under: Joe Arpaio • Sarah Palin
September 9th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
4 years ago

'America's Toughest Sheriff' considers presidential bid

 Sheriff Arpaio is considering a 2012 bid.
Sheriff Arpaio is considering a 2012 bid.

Washington (CNN) - "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio passed on running for governor earlier this year, but the Arizona lawman who has become a national figure for his tough stand on illegal immigration is not closing the door on a presidential run in 2012.

Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, heads to the early presidential proving ground of New Hampshire Sunday to headline the Nashua Republican City Committee lunch.

"I am honored by this invitation to speak to the largest local Republican Party organization in the great state of New Hampshire," Arpaio said in a statement. "As a native New Englander, I'm looking forward to visiting this state that historically chooses who our next President will be."

Listen: CNN's Mark Preston and Dick Uliano discuss Sheriff Arpaio's potential run for president.

Chad Willems, Arpaio's political adviser, said that the sheriff is "not going back to test the waters," but did acknowledge that "People just don't go to New Hampshire if they are not interested in these things."

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Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Joe Arpaio
September 2nd, 2010
06:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Anchor Notes: John King and Sheriff Joe Arpaio

 Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King on Thursday.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke with CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King on Thursday.

Washington (CNN) – A defiant Sheriff Joe Arpaio accused the Obama Justice Department of trying to "sandbag" him by filing suit against his office Thursday. On another issue rippling through Arizona politics, the lawman said he has never heard of a beheading in Arizona tied to illegal immigration.

The Justice Department said it had no choice but to file suit because it said Arpaio's office was refusing to surrender requested documents and grant its investigators access to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office personnel.

"Just recently our lawyers, in Washington, have met with them," Arpaio said in an interview with me for "John King, USA" to air Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. "They have thousands and thousands of our documents. And we thought we had this thing resolved but now they sandbag us and they sue me. Why are they doing that when we are cooperating? It took them a year-and-a-half and why now?

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • issues • Joe Arpaio
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