Gov. Jan Brewer has some advice for Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey as they face off in their series of gubernatorial debates.
“Don’t pause,” she said Wednesday ahead of the first debate between those who want to succeed her.
She made national news four years ago, in her lone televised debate with Democrat Terry Goddard, not for what she said, but what she didn’t say — and how long she didn’t say it.
Brewer later called it the longest 16 seconds of her life.
It was actually closer to 10 seconds. But that was an eternity of dead air and the camera focused on the face of a very uncomfortable looking Brewer struggling for words.
“I don’t know it actually helped me in the polls, I’m told,” Brewer quipped of her silence.
The governor said she’s learned some things since then about debating.
“Well, don’t listen to what the other person is saying and just concentrate, of course, on what your message is,” she said. Brewer said that’s what tripped her up that night almost four years ago to the day.
“I was listening because I was going to respond to Terry and rip him,” she explained. “And then there were so many things I wanted to rip him on, I had to think about it.”
Brewer said she remains interested in seeing what the candidates say in their series of debates but gave no indication she will back away from her primary night endorsement of Ducey.