In an interview with 12 News, the Republican candidate for Arizona Secretary of State deflected questions about why she supported a so-called “birther bill” when she was in the state legislature.
“In 2011,” the interviewer asked, “you voted for the ‘birther bill,’ which required [presidential] candidates to prove their citizenship to the secretary of state of Arizona — would the presidential candidates in 2016 have to prove their citizenship to you?”
After an uncomfortably long pause, Reagan replied, “I just think we need to follow the state laws, and the state laws are pretty clear and, um, what is required in state law is what needs to be followed. As secretary of state, the laws are very clear.”
“Why vote this way though?” the interviewer interrupted. “Do you believe president Obama needed to show his birth certificate to the secretary of state?”
“I believe,” she replied, “that what is in state law is sufficient.”
“Then why vote for that bill? It was an embarrassment to our state,” he said. “Do you recognize that?”
“I realize that what’s in state law right now is sufficient,” she replied.
“Do you regret that vote?” he asked.
“There are certain things that, uh, I think that, uh, state law is sufficient, and we don’t need to revisit that or go back and change that,” she replied.
Though she did not discuss it in the interview, Reagan is also adamant in her belief that Democratic groups are engaged in “ballot harvesting”:
— Michele Reagan (@VoteReagan) October 24, 2014
Do not give your ballot to anyone who knocks on your door. Take it to the post office or put it back in your mailbox. //t.co/FmvZfwTy6U
— Michele Reagan (@VoteReagan) October 26, 2014
She posted a link to an alleged example of such harvesting — which was, in fact, a completely legal collection of absentee ballots — on Twitter last week:
— Michele Reagan (@VoteReagan) October 23, 2014
As secretary of state, Reagan would have final authority over the enforcement of voting regulations, including those regarding early and absentee voting.
Watch the entire interview with Reagan below via 12 News below.