Jan Brewer meets the candidates
February 22nd, 2012
02:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Jan Brewer meets the candidates

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has met or is trying to meet all four of the Republican contenders while they are in the state for Wednesday's CNN/Arizona Republican Party debate. Her endorsement would be welcome by all of the campaigns.

Brewer met with Rick Santorum Tuesday and Newt Gingrich Wednesday, her spokesman Matthew Benson told CNN.

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Gingrich's meeting with the governor occurred in Scottsdale at a hotel. She was scheduled to speak there and sign books. They met before her speech.

She plans to meet Mitt Romney later Wednesday and is trying to arrange a get together with Ron Paul as well, Benson said. The endorsement will not come Tuesday night.

Benson refused to characterize the sessions.

Brewer has said she will endorse one of the candidates before next week's primary in the state, but her spokesman said the governor has not indicated when that will come. The endorsement is not expected to come until after the debate.

"We have not been able to narrow the time," Benson said.

-CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Are you sure she's not a guy !

    February 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    Just dont turn your back on her.

    She might later claim that you 'snubbed' her, or left her in mid-sentence.

    February 22, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. LWR

    I wonder if this poor excuse of a governor pointed her finger in the face of these great candidates.

    February 22, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    I bet she didn't stick that bony digit in any of THEIR faces when they were speaking.

    February 22, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Will she feel intimidated by them? Enough to wag her finger in one of their faces; like a kindergarten teacher would?

    February 22, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Duck Fallas

    I wonder if she stuck her finger in Newts face, or if he stuck his in hers. Face, that is.

    February 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. dalewalk

    Who cares which candidate that hag Brewer supports? She looks and sounds like some ridden hard, dried up old prune. Arizona deserves such a washed up ugly mess in their capitol.

    February 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Please, everyone is just DYING to know who Brewer plans to endorse! Methinks she wants a new job to jump to so she can avoid impeachment.

    February 22, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Looks like she's gittin' her pointin' fingers all warmed up!

    February 22, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Orchid333

    It was a sad day when Napolitano left... and an even sadder one when this class-act was elected. I don't know what Arizona was thinking when they elected such a disrespectful and inadequate person to office.

    February 22, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Durundal

    why do we elect senile old people to office? Just because they 'stand their ground' does not mean they know what they are talking about – they just forgot what the other choices were

    February 22, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Marlena

    LOL Her endorsement should be as beneficial as Trump's.

    February 22, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Curt

    She's about as relevant as Sarah Palin.

    February 22, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Phil in KC

    Now it becomes clear. That little tête-à-tête with Obama on the tarmac was an audition. She's angling for the VP slot.

    February 22, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. anotherGDlefty

    Oh hooray, my old blister of a governor left the bar to meet the candidates.
    The only way this old dingbat had scorpions for breakfast is if one accidently fell in her highball glass...

    Dear GOTP candidates, please, please, please keep talking and eating each other alive, you are making for an easy summer for the Obama re-election crew.

    Remember, you're in Arizona tonight so it's to your benefit to bad mouth the brown folks, legal or not.
    Also remember to ask Mitt about Sheriff Babeu's support and why Mitt didn't beg him to stay on the team.

    February 22, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Veritas

    If only Brewer would just a little further back in the photo.

    February 22, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    One crazy lady to talk to men who have little understanding of the federal government or care for the poor. They may have worked in it, but they have an obvious contempt for it and what it does.

    February 22, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I hope they treat her as "respectfully" as she treated our President.
    Then again, they are Cons, her blood-brothers by different mothers. They will probably name a saint after her.
    I won't be watching. It would make me feel dirty to think that somehow I am contributing to the enhancement of this wench's state. No disrespect to the people of Arizona, but she's gotta go.

    February 22, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. dan5404

    Who wants an endorsement from one of the top worst governors in the history of the country? Oh. I forgot, Santorum is running. Her endorsement ranks slightly behind Trump's, and he's a zero.

    February 22, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Nothing new here

    This woman is rude, and her endorsements mean nothing to me.
    I can understand her frustrations with BIG government, but the GOP has wasted OUR $$$$ and violated our civil liberties as well. Pots calling the kettles black...this nonsense will no longer be accepted.
    Either bring back the old Barry Goldwater/Rockefeller standards, or us Independents will just take our votes somewheres else.

    February 22, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |