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Brewer Backs McCain for Senate

By Dan Weil   |   Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 02:15 PM

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer reiterated her support for Arizona’s senior Sen. John McCain yesterday.

Brewer, who in February endorsed McCain in his primary battle against Rep. J.D. Hayworth, told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that the race is tough.

“It's interesting. Sen. McCain, of course, has represented the state of Arizona for a long time. And J.D. Hayworth has served in Congress for eight years,” the governor said.

“I believe philosophically, they're different breeds of politicians. And people will just have to make that decision. I've known Sen. McCain for a long time, and I think he's served Arizona well.”

Brewer also defended Arizona’s tough new law against illegal immigration.

“We want our borders secure. We're tired of this illegal trespassing into the state of Arizona and moving through the rest of the United States,” she said.

“We can't afford it. We're not going to tolerate it. The people of Arizona deserve to be able to live safely and not in fearful of their lives in Arizona.”

It’s also a cost issue, Brewer says.

“When you think about it, incarceration, when you think of education, when you think of health, you know, it's awful,” she said.

“The kidnap capital of the world is Phoenix because of the drop-houses, the drug cartels. You know, it's not -- it's not right. We can't tolerate it.”

As for McCain, the latest Rasmussen survey, conducted May 17, shows him leading Hayworth among likely Republican voters by 52 percent to 40 percent.

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