With the Arizona Republican primary looming, Mitt Romney picked up a key endorsement on Sunday, as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced her support for the former Massachusetts Governor in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I have had my debate there in Arizona, and I have looked over all the wonderful people that have put themselves up for nomination, and I have decided that I am going to publicly endorse Mitt Romney," Brewer said.
She added, "I think he's the man that can carry the day, and I am going to get out there and work as hard as I know how to make sure that he wins Arizona and work in other places of our country to see that he wins those places, too."
Brewer has become a national figure in the debate over immigration after she signed a controversial immigration bill in 2010.
The controversial provisions of the Arizona immigration law include requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone detained and suspected of being in the country illegally and requiring legal immigrants to carry documentation with them at all times.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced in December that it agreed to review a lower court's ruling that blocked several of the provisions of the immigration law.
Brewer also made headlines recently after engaging in a confrontation with President Barack Obama during which she was photographed wagging her finger at the president.
When asked why she ultimately decided to endorse Romney, Brewer said, "I think that he handles himself very, very well, but more than that I think that he has that pro-business background and he has that political history that I think that he would serve America the best of all the candidates.
"So it was a difficult decision, but I think Mitt is by far the person that can go in and win," she added.
Recent polls have shown Romney with a commanding lead in Arizona, with the results of a NBC News/Marist poll released last week showing Romney with a 43 percent to 27 percent lead over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
by RTT Staff Writer
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