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Arizona Official Who Dabbled With Birtherism Launches Run For Governor

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Bennett eventually backed off his stance, adding: "If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn't my intent."

Needless to say, the incident was not included in Bennett's announcement Tuesday that he hoped to succeed Gov. Jan Brewer (R) who is leaving office because she is term limited.

He will be facing former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones, who is also running for governor in the Republican primary, and is expected to face several other opponents.

"I’m running for governor because I was raised to help people," Bennett said in a statement. "I entered public service in 1985 because I wanted to actively take a role in making Arizona a better place to live and work."

He rollout included three stops throughout the state, according to a news release: in Tucson, Phoenix, and Prescott.

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