(TALKINGPOINTSMEMO) — 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.
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