WATCH: Arizona Candidate Struggles To Explain Vote For ‘Birther’ Bill

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A Republican who could soon be in charge of Arizona’s elections struggled on air Sunday to explain why she supported a “birther” bill demanding presidential candidates prove their American citizenship.

The 2011 bill, which was eventually vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), required presidential candidates to provide their birth certificate and other documents, including a sworn affidavit declaring their citizenship.

During an appearance Sunday on Phoenix television station KPNX, state Sen. Michele Reagan, the GOP nominee for Arizona secretary of state, was challenged to explain her vote for the bill. The secretary of state oversees Arizona’s elections, and the current officeholder came under fire and eventually apologized in 2012 for launching an investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate.

When asked if she would seek to introduce those kinds of measures, Reagan said the current state laws are “clear” and “should be followed.”

“Did you believe President Obama needed to show his birth certificate to the secretary of state?” asked host Brahm Resnik.

“I believe that what is in state law is sufficient,” Reagan repeated.

Resnik said the bill caused “embarrassment” for the state. “Do you recognize that?” he asked.

“I recognize that what is in state law right now is –“

“Do you regret that vote?” Resnik interjected.

Reagan threw her up hands and repeated: “The state law is sufficient, and we don’t need to revisit –“

“You don’t want to talk about that vote anymore,” Resnik concluded, before thanking his guest and cutting to break.

Watch the clip below. The question comes at about the 4:10 mark:

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  1. If you believed the current law was sufficient, why did you vote for the bill? Good on the host for pressing her, and not letting her do the typical answer/non-answer these guys like to give.

  2. Avatar for jinnj jinnj says:

    Grandstanding maneuver blew-up and spewed shards of you-kow-what all over the promoters … now she does not want to discuss it.

  3. Reagan threw her up hands and repeated: “The state law is sufficient, and we don’t need to revisit --”

    She gestured as she spoke, but no throwing of hands here.

    And, she’s a GOPer named Reagan–of course she has no accountability for her actions.

  4. Just look at her. What a vile person she is. She refuses to confront her past actions as if entitled to do so. As they say…what folks will do to get elected is what they will do once elected. Yet the people in Az will put this disgusting thing in office. Have fun with this sleaze AZ…

  5. Fucking moron. I’m guessing this is the tip of the iceberg of things she couldn’t explain if asked.

    Meanwhile, she’s giving him the look that says “come on man, move on…don’t highlight that I’ma racist that freaked out over the election of a n----r as POTUS. Help me get elected Sec of State so I can be in charge of the state’s voting procedures and ballot counting so I can just put the plans in action with or without idiotic race-baiting legislation.”

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