Gov. Brewer 'pauses' to give debate advice

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gov. Brewer offered up some debate advice on Wednesday for the candidates who want her job: "Don't pause."

It was four years ago when the governor made national news for a gaffe during a statewide televised debate with her Democratic opponent.

During her opening statement she lost her train of thought, pausing for 13 seconds. Brewer, who is known for making gaffes while speaking in public, was immediately ridiculed by the national media following that 2010 debate.

Republican nominee Doug Ducey will debate the Democratic rival Fred DuVal for the first time Wednesday night in Chandler.

When asked by reporters on Wednesday if she had any advice for DuVal and Ducey she said, "Don't pause." Brewer then laughed and added the incident gave her a political bump, saying, "I don't know. It helped me in the polls."

The debate is hosted by the East Valley Partnership and will focus on jobs and the economy -- two issues that are always among the top concerns for Arizona voters.

The election is Nov. 4, but early ballots will be mailed next month.

This is the first time in 12 years that there is not an incumbent running for the state's highest office.

Early polls show Ducey and DuVal are in a dead heat with very different ideas on how to deal with state finances. DuVal has not ruled out raising taxes while Ducey has stated his goal is to eliminate the state income tax.

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