Jan Brewer Awkwardly Bumbles Debate
Then, to make things worse, flees reporters afterward
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2010 6:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Internet is abuzz with news of Jan Brewer's amazingly awkward opener at Wednesday night's Arizona gubernatorial debate, in which she paused for at least nine seconds and stumbled over her words. ("We have, uh, did what was right for Arizona.") But things got even weirder after the debate ended, when Brewer completely ignored—and ultimately fled—reporters asking her why she won't recant a past statement about beheaded bodies supposedly found in the Arizona desert. Watch both videos in the gallery.

Brewer later acknowledged to a Phoenix radio station that bolting from post-debate questions was perhaps "the wrong thing to do," but added that the questions were unfair, the AP reports. As for her awkward pause? "It certainly was the longest 16 seconds of my life. I'm human."