State Capitol News
5:02 pm
Thu September 2, 2010

Brewer, Goddard face off in first and most likely, only debate

Phoenix, AZ – Jan Brewer admitted that Wednesday night's performance was not
her finest. She lost her train of thought during her opening
statements and went silent for what she called, quote, my 16
seconds of the longest time of my life. And Brewer repeatedly
dodged questions after the hour-long debate about whether she
really believes, as Terry Goddard reminded her she said, headless
bodies have been found in the Arizona desert. The governor, who
participated in Wednesday's debate only because she had to --
she's getting $1.7 million in public funds for her campaign --
said she doesn't see any benefit to further events.

(I've served people, Howie, for 28 years. And Terry has has done
so nearly as long. I think it's pretty defined what he stands for
and what I stand for. The bottom line, why would I want to give
Terry a chance to redefine himself?)

Goddard wants six debates, saying that's the best way to help
voters decide who should run the state for the next four years.
But Brewer said she doesn't believe that.

(I don't believe that things come out in the proper context in an
adversarial atmosphere.)

That still leaves the question of her refusal after the debate to
answer the question about headless bodies.

(I felt very stressed because of that opening statement. I got
out there. We had discussed so many other issues. And all of a
sudden it just appears that all you guys are doing and talking
was beheadings, beheadings, beheadings. And, you know, something
that has just for some reason hung with you for so long. And I
just felt we needed to move on!)

Anyway, Brewer insisted she has been misquoted.

(I never said Arizona. I never said Arizona. And it was
unfortunte it was construed as Arizona or Goddard referred to it.
And I'm sorry if people thought that I said it was in Arizona.)

But that's not the case. In June Brewer was interviewed on KPNX-
TV 12.

(Oh, our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the
desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been
beheaded.)

Brewer now says she was referring to such incidents in Mexico.
For Arizona Public Radio this is Howard Fischer.