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Jan Brewer 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Jan 2015 08:17 PM

During her six years leading Arizona as governor, Jan Brewer’s name has been tossed out as a potential 2016 presidential candidate on the GOP ticket.

But many believe that Brewer softened her Tea Party stances with two actions leading Arizona: participating in Medicaid in support of the Affordable Care Act and vetoing a “religious rights” bill that would have allowed businesses in the state to refuse service to LGBT populations.

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Yet, she fought against gay marriage in Arizona and fought strongly against President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.

Here are what some of the liberal pundits and publications online had to say about Brewer during her tenure:

On vetoing “religious rights” bill:

1. “She joins a significant faction of powerful conservatives who seem to understand that religious liberty isn’t an all-purpose exemption from every law and norm conservatives don’t like, and can’t succeed politically as such. The threat to religious liberty can’t be tenuous or imagined. Brewer underscored that fact when she effectively admitted that the Arizona bill — SB 1062 — was a spasm of right-wing cultural panic.”
Brian Beutler, political writer at Salon.com

2. “With the stroke of her pen a few years ago, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer took the lead in a GOP immigration retreat that made it harder for Republicans to win the White House in 2012. Now, she is again at the center of a big national debate, but this time might her signature be part of an evolution helpful to GOP chances in 2016? At issue then: her support for Arizona's tough immigration law. …And now? A Brewer veto is at issue: The governor rejected legislation that would have allowed Arizona businesses to deny services to gay people on grounds of religious beliefs. Tolerance is an issue for Republicans among key voting blocs, especially independents and younger voters. So some GOP strategists were quick to applaud Brewer for a move they say shows Republicans are listening and adapting to changing times — and changing views on gay rights.”
John King, CNN national news correspondent

3. “And so, when it came right down to it in Arizona today, rather than do what was right because it was the right thing to do, rather than strike down the bill because it would have legalized religious segregation as if Arizona was a state in Russia instead of America, Brewer at the behest of her oh so smug religion and her oh so morally superior political party vetoed SB 1062not because it was blatantly counter to everything the United States stands for but rather because it would have cost Arizona money.”
Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station blog

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On abortion legislation passed during Brewer’s terms:

4. “This is the most draconian right-wing legislature I’ve ever seen, and they are hand-in-hand the governor who is in the same camp. It was as bad when Napalitano was there, but she was always a step ahead of them. She had an initiative and they danced to her tune.”
Gloria Feldt, former Planned Parenthood national president and part-time Arizona resident

5. “This trend against women just keeps rolling along. This one, I confess, is so over the top that it reads like something from the Onion. It isn't though, and it is going to create great hardship. …It never ceases to surprise me that people vote crazies like Jan Brewer and the choice specimens in the legislature who pass bills like this one into office and, then, tolerate the destruction of the quality of their own lives. Arizona can now claim the nation’s worst assault on women’s reproductive rights so far.”
Stephan A. Schwartz, editor, Schwartzreport

On becoming president:

6. “Arizona's unelected governor Jan Brewer is taking a page right out of Sarah Palin's playbook: Attack your opponent with questionable claims and outright lies, scare the voters until they forget about the jobs you've lost, and create a wave of fear you can ride right into office.”
Luis Heredia, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party

On immigration:

7.  “You know it is exhibit you know six thousand two of the unbelievable disrespect for this President. You know it’s like she (Gov. Jan Brewer) almost was posing for that picture on the tarmac of her with her finger up in the President’s face you know it’s like Lyndon Johnson would have broken that off and shoved it up your (bleep).”
Stephanie Miller, C-SPAN host, on the popular and much tweeted photo of Brewer shaking her finger in President Obama’s face 

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During her six years leading Arizona as governor, Jan Brewer’s name has been tossed out as a potential 2016 presidential candidate on the GOP ticket. Here are what some of the liberal pundits and publications online had to say about Brewer during her tenure.
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